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.
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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.