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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Powers, Russ Yes Yes - I strongly support the opportunity of introducing an LRT (rather than BRT) system onto the main routes traversing our City. It will relieve current congestion and provide our citizenry with a modern, efficient and quicker mode of travel and the opportunity for downtown economic renewal. I'm pleased that my Council colleagues have supported and approved my request for future westerly extension of the 'B Line' of the LRT system to University Plaza in Dundas to connect with our local collector bus routes. The LRT has a $1.2B price tag that will only happen with willing partners, who are prepared to contribute their fair share...the future of LRT in Hamilton is contingent on a satisfactory arrangement for all.
Robinson, Glenn Yes Yes, I support Hamilton's LRT proposal and the transit oriented development it will facilitate.
Scime, Danya Yes I support the long term goal of having a LRT in Hamilton. With that said, this is an investment of possibly over $850,000,000.00 ~ a huge amount of money!

There is sure to be disagreement with some of the outlying areas regarding this issue...I need to look at the big picture here and I do believe that if we have a LRT in Hamilton, it will encourage economic growth and more jobs.

What I would do is make sure that there is a concrete plan on how we will integrate what we have now with what we visualize for the future.

I would insist that City Staff and Council are acutely aware of how we 'merge' our existing transit with our future transit systems. We must look at our roadways and infrastructure and make sure that as improvements are done, we will not be 'un-doing / re-doing' them in five years from now to accommodate the LRT. In other words, before a road is widened, a sewage or waterline is repaired, we know where our LRT route is and do the upgrades to support that future line at the same time.

I believe if we have all of 'our ducks in a row', we can secure more Provincial and Federal funding and combine it with monies already set aside for one project to be cost effective and pro-active towards our LRT, combining projects in a financially responsible way.

I would also propose that any new industrial/commercial development that is on the planned LRT route have an extra development charge added for this bonus. In the big picture, the properties en route will be of increased value.

We need to work 'smarter, not harder' to ensure that our tax dollars are spent in the most frugal way possible.
Tammer, Ron Yes Yes, I support the proposal to bring the LRT to Hamilton. I am a big supporter of public transit in general, and would work to ensure that service is improved to the point where there would no longer be a social stigma attached to using the HSR. I would ensure that the route for the LRT was sufficient to afford the most convenience to the highest number of riders, and allow for easy transferring to the bus system, Go Transit, and other inter-city transit.

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Zuliniak, Marty