Please enjoy our chat with Ward 7 Clr. Donna Skelly on the subject of LRT.
1. Do you believe the call for a vote to reaffirm support for LRT was necessary? Please explain your answer.
I do not believe it was necessary to call for a vote to reaffirm support for LRT. Instead of “reaffirming support” the motion has raised many, many questions while prompting residents , who until recently had not been engaged in the discussion, to voice their opinion both in support of and against the proposed plan.
2. Are you in favour of a referendum with respect to LRT, to gauge the will of Hamiltonians across all wards?
I would support a referendum.
3. What would be the top reason(s) why you might support moving forward with LRT, and what are the top reason(s) that might give you pause?
Since Councillor Merulla’s motion to “reaffirm support” for LRT, I have been meeting with stakeholders and guaging support for the billion dollar transit plan. I have visited Kitchener Waterloo to see their LRT project, York Region to look at their BRT service and will be heading to Buffalo on Friday. I continue to question the location of the proposed line and the necessity of the project. All of the transit studies before council have stated that LRT should not be built without first addressing difficiencies in the current transit system. I want to see an expanded bus service across all of Hamilton as well as improved connectivity between the lower and upper parts of the city and improved GO service. This should be the priority for council.
4. Is there anything else you’d like Hamiltonians to know about your considerations and thinking with respect to the LRT question?
I would add that the city should wait until all information requested has been made available before moving forward with LRT.
Thank-you to Clr. Skelly for engaging with Hamiltonians via The Hamiltonian.
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