You recently stated that work on LRT continues, even as the matter is again being discussed at the council level.
1. Given that the planned installation does not go from destination to destination, but rather is a destination to node concept, and given that the first phase of LRT does not proceed to Eastgate, when might the public know the following:
a. How much a fare will cost to from Mac to Eastgate, assuming that there will be a transfer from LRT to busses along that route.
b. Whether there will be a premium attached to traveling by light rail, based on its features.
c. How much faster or slower will traveling by LRT will be, relative to the alternatives.
2. While 1 Billion in provincial funding is a welcome influx of funding, the average Hamiltonian may be wondering how we can make a determination that LRT is the right choice, unless the questions above are known. Do you believe that to be a fair assessment; why or why not?
3. If a premium were to be attached to traveling by LRT based on it being more modern, reportedly faster etc., do you worry that the nature of public transit will cease to be affordable in a city where poverty continues to be a important concern. What measures might be considered to mitigate this?
In terms of the speed of LRT, a study is ongoing to project travel times and will be shared with the public in September as part of the Environmental Assessment Addendum process. HSR is also working on bus realignment plans and schedules to feed the LRT line.
We are in the first year of an 8-year project and there are many details to be confirmed as we move through the process. This is typical for a major infrastructure project of this magnitude and complexity. We understand that there are a lot of outstanding questions in the community and we will continue to provide the most updated information through the LRT Subcommittee of Council as it becomes available.