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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Bos, Neil Maybe I might be a proponent of LRT - if there are users. And if the LRT goes somewhere, it would be an opportunity to get some cars off the road. There are environmental issues too.

Obviously I don't know enough about this proposal. So let's just say, "Maybe."
Gaspar, Brian Yes I would support light rail transit providing certain provisions were met.

1) A high-speed system.
2) Integrated with transit system
3) Provide a positive cash flow within 2 years of completion
4) Properly planned.
5) Improve time of travel for improved quality of life
Partridge, Judi Yes As the city of Hamilton continues to grow in population it is essential to build a LRT system throughout the city. The business case for LRT must be a priority to sell our case for support to Metrolinx and the Ontario government ~ that needs to happen NOW. There are already two other municipalities presenting their business case to the province - if we don't get on this, we will be left behind, again.

LRT also needs to be affordable for people to access. People will benefit by having faster, easier access to jobs, and industry/business will benefit with a more efficient transit opportunity for people to travel to those jobs created. Building a LRT system in Hamilton may be a deal breaker for investors looking to locate business here.

It is proven that LRT transit is seen as more appealing to higher educated, young more urban lifestyle people which will result in increased ridership and less single passenger vehicle transportation. My vision for transit in Hamilton also includes multimodal systems and improved services to outlying communities.

An example of this is to implement smaller shuttle hybrid buses serving urban areas of Waterdown and Carlisle. Currently the bus servicing Waterdown is a huge lumbering bus with few riders. The schedule cannot be accessed on the HSR website and is not promoted - people do not know the schedule or see it as reliable.

Waterdown is one of the fastest growing urban areas with 6,500 additional homes being built mostly in East Waterdown. This will result in 17,000 more people with in the next 3-5 years. Additional transit systems along Dundas St. East and Hwy #6 north connecting to Hamilton, Burlington, Mississauga and Guelph needs to be developed over the next 10 years.

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