Local advocacy group Hamilton Light Rail has just launched a campaign calling on the Ontario Government to make a firm commitment to light rail in Hamilton. In a press release issued today, HLR writes:
LRT has tremendous potential to transform Hamilton into a great success story for provincial investment in urban revitalization. If the Province makes the right choice, this will achieve a showcase win for its innovative Metrolinx strategy.
Delaying Hamilton's LRT is denying Hamiltonians and Ontarians the social and economic benefits that LRT will bring. Each year of delay costs millions in unrealized benefits, and repeated delays could eventually kill the project. Hamilton has been considering LRT since 1970; the time for studies is over.
Now is the time for the Province to recognize the essential role of high quality rapid transit in Hamilton and commit the funding and political focus to achieve a real win for Hamilton and for the province.
HLR is calling on its members to send a letter to Queen's Park to express their support for LRT and ask the Province to commit to funding and time lines.
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