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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Media Release: Full Steam Ahead After Brown Confirms Hamilton LRT Commitment

All three major provincial parties support Hamilton's LRT plan, quelling concerns that the project might be de-funded after the 2018 election.

Hamilton Light Rail applauds Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown on announcing he will honour the $1B commitment for Hamilton's light rail transit (LRT) plan. Brown, who attended a Flamborough Chamber of Commerce lunch Monday, said "We have to respect the fact that there's a commitment to LRT, and I would honour that."

Brown's comments helped quell concerns that if the government changes in 2018, the LRT project would be de-funded.

This follows on speculation that anti-LRT Councillor and former PC candidate Donna Skelly was lobbying Brown to come out against the project, despite her pledge during her recent Council election campaign to honour the previous decisions on LRT by Hamilton City Council.

The City of Hamilton spent six years studying rapid transit and comparing various alternative technologies and routes before developing the LRT plan that it submitted to the Province for funding. Metrolinx undertook a benefits case analysis and confirmed that LRT on the B-Line provides the biggest overall benefit for the first phase of rapid transit in Hamilton.

The Province agreed with the City's analysis and committed full capital funding more than a year ago. The City has been working with Metrolinx to implement the approved plan.

"Hamilton has a firm commitment of $1B to fund LRT and we are already busy implementing it," said HLR spokesperson Ryan McGreal. "We are pleased to have all three major provincial parties on board with this transformative project."

About Hamilton Light Rail

Hamilton Light Rail is an independent group of citizens who believe that Hamilton needs an ambitious approach to economic development and urban revitalization based around high quality rapid transit. To that end, we are dedicated to promoting the goal of building a light rail transit (LRT) system in Hamilton.

Hamilton Light Rail is strictly volunteer-based and is not affiliated with the Corporation of the City of Hamilton or with any commercial interests. We are citizens who want Hamilton to enjoy the many benefitsof light rail transit.

For media inquiries, or comment from Hamilton Light Rail, contact:

Ryan McGreal
Hamilton Light Rail Spokesperson
mcgrealr@hamiltonlightrail.ca

http://hamiltonlightrail.ca

31 comments:

  1. I think if Brown were asked the question: If Hamilton City council had a change of heart re: LRT and wanted to proceed with another model, would you support it?

    Of course the answer would be yes. It would be political suicide to say No. This "release" is just a spin
    Sorce

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    1. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      who is "spinning it"? why are they "spinning it"? what do they have to gain by "spinning it"?

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  2. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

    Someone should have asked him what he would do if Hamilton's suburbs objected to having a 400-series highway run through their back yards. ;)

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  3. Sorry. I am not explaining that. It is pretty evident.

    It is sad that Clr. Whitehead is being ridiculed in certain newspapers. this shows the bias that exists in hamilton and the very reason why we can never succeed. Rather than do what's right, we do what will be perceived to be legendary. I know many people will not know what i am talking about. But for you insiders, you'll know.

    The public needs to rally behind Whitehead otherwise, we'll get the ultimate white elephant that no political party will help is sustain going forward. Do you know of anyone who plans to start using transit anytime soon, who does not currently?

    Neither do I
    Sorce

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    1. Like a river that don't know where it's flowing, I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

      Mr. Sarc

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    2. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      Councillor Whitehead now wants *more* B-Line LRT.

      https://twitter.com/JoeyColeman/status/758019911687999489

      https://twitter.com/JoeyColeman/status/758022510835273728

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    3. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      Yes I do. Me!
      Rallying behind Whitehead won't accomplish anything. He was flat out told at the meeting yesterday (along with Skelly) that the marriage contract was approved by Council (including him) and signed months ago. The contract clearly spells out we are obligated to construct and complete the project. Like it or not, it's a binding deal with no off ramps written in.

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    4. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      DBFOM

      Metrolinx has handed the TTC a ticket off the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown, Finch and Sheppard light rail lines some nine years before they’re supposed to be complete.

      The provincial agency sent TTC executives and city manager Joe Pennachetti a letter Wednesday confirming that Metrolinx would be pursuing an alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model for the provincially funded projects, including a private partner for the operation and maintenance of the Eglinton, Sheppard and Finch LRTs.

      Metrolinx says the decision is based on getting better value for money.

      “Under the AFP model, we protect taxpayers by building in strict penalties for any cost and schedule overruns. If the project is late, the private sector pays. If project is over budget, the private sector pays,” said a statement late Wednesday from Metrolinx.

      https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2012/09/19/ttc_wont_operate_eglinton_lrt.html

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    5. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      DBFOM

      After a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the three proposals, Region staff have recommended the GrandLinq team to Council as the preferred team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) ION Stage 1 light rail transit (LRT).

      The team, made up of leading international organizations such as Plenary, Meridiam, Aecon, Kiewit and Keolis, submitted a proposal that satisfies the Region’s overall budget to implement ION Stage 1 LRT. The proposal also remains within the approved funding for operations and maintenance....

      All three levels of government have announced funding commitments for Stage 1 ION, including $300 million from the Province, one-third of the eligible costs up to $265 million from the Federal government and $253 million from the Region.

      In February 2012, Regional Council approved the implementation of rapid transit through a DBFOM public-private partnership. This approach was selected because it provided the best balance of Regional control and ownership, while transferring appropriate risks to the private sector. It also allowed the Region to take advantage of private sector innovation and provided the greatest assurance for completing the project on-time and within budget.

      In the Region’s DBFOM contract, the Region of Waterloo will own the ION LRT system, including all infrastructure and vehicles; set fares and the frequency of the service; be responsible for customer service and system-wide integration; collect all fare revenue; and, monitor the performance of GrandLinq to ensure all service requirements are being met.

      GrandLinq will take ION Stage 1 LRT to final design; build ION Stage 1 LRT; and, operate and maintain the ION LRT service between Kitchener and Waterloo, consistent with the Region’s performance requirements.

      http://chd.region.waterloo.on.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?deptId=uJRqyPbMwIWHcHH8PySJQQeQuAleQuAl&newsId=xl51CIVgrjQNNvKIPlUsiEjbweQuAleQuAl

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    6. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      "Do you know of anyone who plans to start using transit anytime soon, who does not currently?" remember this quote from sorce. very telling he has posted here time and time again, that he doesnt think public transit is popular now, nor does he think it will be in the near future. sorce doesnt think public transit use is on the rise, and he thinks that it will be a long time (if ever) that a significant portion of the population. thats his stated position here. so when sorce says he wants to spend xxx of dollars on public transportation, just not lrt.... or when sorce says he wants to spend xxx of dollars on public transit but in other areas of the city.... so sorce says hes fine with spending xxx of amoutn of dollars on pubic transit, but only if a long list of complicated unknown qualifiers are addressed and a referendum has been held with xx amount of public support needed to proceed. people can choose to believe sorce or not. take him at his word.

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    7. Disregard all that he said. He is so not good at trying to be me.
      Sorce

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    8. AnonymousJuly 28, 2016

      its sad when people like sorce post their views but then wont or cant stand behind them.

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  4. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

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    1. Hamiltonian AdminJuly 27, 2016

      This post has been removed as it refers to others with demeaning nicknames.

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  5. If toy dont get that it can be broken, you dont understand politics. Nothing is carved in stone when public votes.

    Mr. sarc

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    1. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      Wait — the public votes? That's not what I heard.

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    2. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

      "We took what we had and we ripped it apart"

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  6. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

    what Brown actually sais was "if the people of Hamilton want LRT, we will support it" We know McGreal wants it, we know Merulla wants it, but we still do not know what the "people of Hamilton" want-and there is really only one certain way of determining this-I am sure the Conservatives can get their heads around spending a million to confirm a billion spent on what the citizens want. The majority of citizens in Hamilton will determine how that money is spent, just you wait and see. The Conservatives could win the Province on this issue alone if they were to play their cards right.

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  7. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

    "The Conservatives could win the Province on this issue alone if they were to play their cards right." if the conservatives won an election in ontario, then an lrt would get built. premier in waiting patrick brown said he would fund any mass transit system hamilton chooses. hamilton has chosen lrt. therefore an lrt will be built if patrick brown gets elected.

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    1. AnonymousJuly 28, 2016

      some politicians in Hamilton are in favor, but the people of Hamilton-the majority-have yet to be afforded a choice.And the majority are in opposition to your vision. Your proof awaits you

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    2. AnonymousJuly 28, 2016

      what and what? you say the majority are opposed to lrt? any proof? any evidence? i dont mean "well, its only common sense yada yada yada.." or "well, everyone I talk to hates lrt yada yada yada.." i mean ANY proof, skimpy stretching it to the limit proof?

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  8. AnonymousJuly 27, 2016

    "Chief Girt. We note that the funding for a new forensic centre that the police is seeking remains unresolved. Can you explain to Hamiltonians why having this centre is important. How will it help police and how what impact will it have on the best interests of Hamiltonians?" substitute mayor eisenberger for chief girt. replace forensics building with lrt. publish what mayor eisenberger says unedited. fair is fair.

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    1. Hamiltonian AdminJuly 27, 2016

      The Mayor is a friend of The Hamiltonian and is always welcome here.

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    2. fair is fair, yet apples are not oranges

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    3. AnonymousJuly 28, 2016

      apples to apples: lrt is an expensive capital project. so is the forensics building. oranges to apples, with orange being the lrt and apples being the forensics building. the lrt has had 100% council oversight, the forensics building does not. the lrt is fully funded by the province, the forensics building will be fully funded by the city. the lrt is a result of ten years of research, planning, consultation, impartial expert analysis, peer reviewed and approved by accredited professionals, reviewed and approved by the province. the forensics building has had no outside independent review. there has been no needs assessment done. no accredited professional has review the forensics building request. the forensics building plans and budget have not been approved by council. clearly, oranges are better than apples. and in regards to the hamiltonian staff, a nice easy, straightforward question to mayor eisenberger about the benefits of lrt like the nice, easy, straightforward question for chief of police girt "Mayor Eisenberger. We note that the funding for a new lrt that the city is seeking is fully funded and ready to go.. Can you explain to Hamiltonians why having this lrt is important. How will it help citizens and how what impact will it have on the best interests of Hamiltonians?" thats apples to apples.

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  9. The Mayor, councillors such as Merulla, Green, Farr seemed to already have made up their minds and some of them are calling Whitehead's efforts "garbage". That is truly sad. I hate to think I live in a city where this is happening.

    Marla

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  10. I will add that i hope everyone watched Barack Obama's speech last night.

    Marla

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  11. AnonymousJuly 30, 2016

    I think it is odd that Ryan McGreal finds it fit to release this on behalf of a particular political party.

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  12. With all the debate and the varying views from politicians and Hamiltonians, it is very clear that there is no overall consensus or agreement on LRT. Surely, the Mayor can see that.
    Sorce

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