Council has voted dozens of times since 2008 to advance Hamilton's light rail transit (LRT) project, including voting to submit the plan with a full funding request to the Province in 2013, and voting to accept full funding and implementation from the Province in 2015. Do you support completing the LRT plan? Why or why not?
Responses to the question: "Council has voted dozens of times since 2008 to advance Hamilton's light rail transit (LRT) project, including voting to submit the plan with a full funding request to the Province in 2013, and voting to accept full funding and implementation from the Province in 2015. Do you support completing the LRT plan? Why or why not?"
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5 Candidate Responses (top)
|Candidate||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Benson, Steve||Maybe||If the LRT is to be built it is mandatory to plan for stop and go areas, meaning places people can drive to and park their cars to ride the LRT. We also need to build for future expansion.
Currently City Council, in its short sighted thinking, has not included Park’n Ride areas in their planning. So people who live on the mountain can’t drive down the Claremont Hill for instance and park off Victoria to ride the train. These people will still drive through downtown to get where they are going. It is literally proves city designers have no vision and do not think for the future.
In spite of everything the City says its wants to do to reduce cars in the downtown area,. they continuously ignore opportunities to do so.
This City Council seems to have no vision. No concrete plan. Some councillors are blindly following without actually looking for solutions.
I believe we have a serious lack of common sense and long term vision directing our cities growth. One of the biggest reason I feel is we are still following an outdated master plan created in the 90’s and I believe taken from the direction of the provincial government at the time. No wonder we are going backwards. Time for Change.
|Kazubek, Joseph||Maybe||The LRT does not actually benefit residents from ward 7, unless you live on the line, you will not drive your car down to somewhere on the line, pay to park your car, then take the transit service to only need to catch a bus to continue you trip, when it's faster just to drive to the destination.
I believe that we need to reevaluate the line and the cost, we need to invest more into the current system, enhance services among the mountain to offer better access to all of Hamilton.
I do support the LRT, but I support HSR first and formore I believe if we are going to spend a billion dollars, it needs to benefit all of Hamilton residents.
|MacIntyre, Dan||Yes||Yes. It replaces aging infrastructure. It alleviates congestion on our roads. It provides economic and social uplift to tens of thousands of Hamiltonians. It’s the right thing to do. We should be fighting for our next $1B not fighting the first.|
|McMullen, Geraldine||Yes||I am on record supporting LRT on two conditions. One, if it is fully funded by the Province, and two, if it is supported by consistent, convenient and timely transit service connections from all points of the City. It is important to recognize that there is a cost to sustaining such a service; however, we need to be courageous and forward-thinking as we move into a greater vision for an inclusive Hamilton.|
|Pauls, Esther||Maybe||What is the cost going to be for residential and businesses on Hamilton mountain and what service are they going to receive for it. These questions need to be answered. We need the most effective LRT project possible. I am not sure if the need is great for people to travel from Eastgate to McMaster.|
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