Comment 114315

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted October 20, 2015 at 12:06:15

Even with the representation locally, I judge this as a net-positive for Hamilton LRT. Yes, even with Stoney Creek and Bob Bratina.

We have to remember that the Stoney Creek opposition to LRT was balanced by putting both GO and LRT in the same Liberal funding. Bob is known to be very pro-GO Transit, and he's in a riding that got the Stoney Creek LRT redirected into Stoney Creek GO. Because of that, and the LRT does not run in his riding, he would not disturb the combined GO+LRT funding.

In addition, we know that Trudeau pledged an extra $2bn to GO electrification; which could actually help Hamilton (eventually), since any enhancement of electrification all the way to Aldershot, increases the likehood of future big funding (e.g. announcement during 2020s) for GO electrification extension to Hamilton. And of course, the potential basic Gage GO station, where the City of Hamilton already owns land.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2015-10-20 12:32:03

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