Light Rail

LRT Video a Hopeful Blast from the (Recent) Past

By Ryan McGreal
Published March 05, 2014

Is it too soon to be nostalgic for six years ago? This video from October 2008 states, "Now is the time for Hamilton to move forward with a new rapid transit system."

Citing the strong evidence for economic development, increased ridership, improved air quality and health, narrator Laura Babcock also notes the extensive community outreach the City undertook in their two-part Rapid Transit feasibility study. The City consulted 1,600 people and found overwhelming support for rapid transit and specifically light rail transit.

A pre-Council Brenda Johnson, speaking for Environment Hamilton, is quoted waxing enthusiastic about the potential for more and better quality transit to "change people's travelling patterns" and improve air quality.

In a segment asking members of the public for their opinions, resident Lance Hardie says, "Well, let's get at it! What are they sitting on their hands for?"

What indeed.

(h/t to Jason Nason for digging up the video.)

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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