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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6 Candidate Responses (top)
|Candidate||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Farr, Laura||Yes||I do support completing the LRT plan. As I’ve said elsewhere - the only legal agreement we have from the Province is that the money is for the City’s LRT plan. We have a verbal suggestion from the Premier that we can spend it as we like, but nothing signed, nothing legal. It worries me that we are going to repeat history as we did in 1980. Council turned down what became the Vancouver SkyTrain. (https://raisethehammer.org/article/3021/a_legacy_of_missed_opportunity:_the_hamilton_rapid_transit_plans_that_could_have_been)|
|Kuruc, Ned||No||I do not support completing the LRT as proposed. I do not see it as a good investment into a single line of transit. I have significant concerns about the impact of increased traffic into our neighbourhoods, how the construction period will effect our local businesses and the overall effectiveness of the LRT.|
|Nann, Nrinder||Yes||Yes, I whole-heartedly support completing the LRT plan. Why?
* Because it increases accessibility, eliminates over-crowding
* Because it brings 21st century transit to our 21st century city
* Because it will bring thousands of jobs for years
* Because it will spurn development, which will bring denser residential and more taxes
* Because it will attract new business and new jobs
* Because it will pay for $205 million dollars of infrastructure improvements to the entire 14KM b-line corridor.
|Smith, Dan||Yes||I support completing the LRT. The expected development along the LRT corridor would increase our tax base. As well, many properties along the route have already been expropriated and unless put to use soon will become nests of urban decay.|
|Sprague, Kristeen||Maybe||The LRT is a frustrating subject. We should be using Hamilton-made Steel to make the tracks. We should have ATU 107 members operating the system. The difficulty with the LRT as it is currently proposed is that it's a public-private partnership. We need to make sure that the motivations behind the LRT are for the public good and the continued growth of our City without pressure from outside organizations that are more interested in profit than the people of Hamilton. So my support is not categorical.|
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7 Candidates Have Not Responded (top)
|Denault, Steven Paul|