Thursday, May 5, 2016

Motions in Motion- LRT Anyone?

The following motion has been submitted by Clr. Merulla and seconded by Mayor Eisenberger.  It seeks reaffirmation from council in terms of its commitment to accept provincial funding for LRT. 

To read The Hamiltonian's article, LRT- The Political Perils of Transformative Change, click here

Moved by Councillor Sam Merulla ;

Whereas the Province of Ontario, in May 2015, announced $1.0 billion in funding for Hamilton’s B-line (and north spur) Light Rail Transit (LRT) project which begins the implementation of the City of Hamilton’s rapid transit strategy; and

Whereas the provincial funding covers 100% of the capital cost of the LRT project which includes investments to renew critical City infrastructure such as sidewalks, road surfaces, water and sewer lines along the LRT corridor; and

Whereas the City of Hamilton has already entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Metrolinx signaling the City’s intent to work collaboratively with Metrolinx to fully implement the LRT project; and

Whereas it is acknowledged that the LRT project is one part of the City of Hamilton’s broader transit strategy as outlined in the City’s Rapid Ready report and Ten Year Transit Strategy

Therefore, be it resolved, that Hamilton City Council reaffirm the acceptance of the $1.0 billion dollar investment in infrastructure and public transit that the Province of Ontario has provided for the express purpose of completing the LRT project.


  1. AnonymousMay 05, 2016

    I think this article http://www.thehamiltonian.net/2016/03/lrt-political-perils-of-transformative.html for be required reading for any councilor or constituent, before voting

  2. AnonymousMay 05, 2016

    this will carry unanimously. maybe one dissenter. bet money on it. yet ferguson and conley and pearson et al will be whingeing the next day.

  3. AnonymousMay 05, 2016

    I dunno. I think you can count on Collins voting against, probably Whitehead and maybe Skelly. They're realizing that there's buy-in from the public about how the approach of "ready-fire-aim" is not going to work here and we're going to end up getting an LRT that goes 6 stops and causes a ton of confusion and disruption. But at least we'll have something that Toronto has!

  4. AnonymousMay 05, 2016

    I think people are having somber second thoughts. I agree with The Hamiltonians assessment in their published article and i think politicians can be paying a big political price once this LRT thing freezes top our city and ridership is still terrible.

  5. AnonymousMay 06, 2016

    I don't understand it. We had buses that ran on electricity around the core. Why don't we simply re-install the over head lines. It is the same as the train. Roll on rubber tire instead of steel. It would be a lot cheaper and less disruptive. Run the same capacity of buses as proposed trains.

    I really don't understand the fascination with steel wheels rather then rubber.

    Save us Ontario and Hamilton taxpayers a bundle of dollars.

    Are there no electric buses anymore?

  6. AnonymousMay 14, 2016

    "this will carry unanimously"-bet lost. How do you remain so out of touch on so many topics? Ferguson-wrong again. Your spelling works as good as a signature, no confusing where this originated


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