Today's Spectator reports that Hamilton won't get a light rail transit (LRT) system before the 2015 Pan Am Games:
City officials charged with bringing the anticipated transit project to reality have given up hope the trains can be running by the time athletes and spectators come to town.
Jill Stephen, director of rapid transit with the city's public works department, says there is simply too much planning, design, engineering, environmental study and construction work to complete and senior officials did not want roads torn up during the Games.
Given the ongoing fustercluck over a Pan Am stadium - including $70 million in unfunded capital costs at the compromise CP Rail Yard location - and the profound transformative power of an investment in LRT, I'm at the point where I'd rather just walk away from the Games altogether and focus on real city building.
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