Do you support Hamilton's LRT proposal? If so, what will you do to ensure Hamilton's success in building LRT? If not, why do you oppose it?

Responses to the question: "Do you support Hamilton's LRT proposal? If so, what will you do to ensure Hamilton's success in building LRT? If not, why do you oppose it?"

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Black, Bob No No I do not support the Hamilton LTR proposal, we have an infrastructure that is causing problem after problem and we already have a bus system that could be better utilized. It is time to start to take care of the people who are struggling day after day before we start to make multi million dollar changes to have faster access to an airport that is not ready yet to expand due to a lack of participation.
DiMillo, Mark Yes I strongly support LRT. If elected on October 25th, I would immediately take steps to initiate a community-wide lobby effort of both the Provincial and Federal governments. This type of effort proved successful for Hamilton when I led the community in lobbying the McGuinty government for assistance with Social Services funding.

The community group I would bring together to lobby senior governments would include McMaster University, Mohawk College, business, labour, community groups, social services, citizens representing our city's diversity and organizations who've been advocating for LRT. I would also ensure that our entire community was represented: Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek.

Working together with Council and members of the community, we would produce a "Transit Hamilton" report that would describe our community's need for, benefits of, and plan regarding LRT. We would undertake a major community campaign including social media, petitions, rallies and presentations to governments in Toronto and Ottawa.

The city's existing transit plans must also be revised to include areas of the city beyond the proposed LRT lines at Eastgate Square and McMaster University. This revised transit plan would provide details on LRT feeder routes and implementation timelines. The current plan excludes every other area of our community except for the old City. This is not how you build consensus and support - it's not how you build a city. We need to include and engage our entire community in the city's LRT and future transit plans.
Gibson, Sean Yes I strongly support the LRT and the development of this future/visionary project in the City of Hamilton. The challenge will be how to effectively secure the funds necessary to acquire this initiative. We must prioritize the needs of our citizens and if the LRT is a financially viable and practical venture, I'm all for it. This project and all of our future projects in this city must take into consideration "Where will the money come from?"
McGrimmond, Wilamina Yes The LRT is a long time in coming here and I would love to see it materialize instead of just talking about it, as it works very well in the West where I came from.
Morelli, Bernie Yes I do support the Hamilton LRT proposal. It does need considerably more consultative input, but I believe it is the link that will take us to the next level as it hooks up with the transportation system throughout the GTA and Niagara/Golden Horseshoe area.

I plan to support its final implementation - subject to the financial feasibility for all tax payers and a full consultative process for all to comment.
Tetley, Paul Yes As a supporter of public transit, I support development of the LRT.

As Councillor, it will be my goal to ensure the plan for the LRT is based on providing efficient and affordable public transportation which is properly funded by Metrolinx, and it benefits the entire City of Hamilton.

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