To be a truly great city, we need a 21st century transportation network that drives our economy and promotes prosperity for every person who calls Hamilton home.
By Graeme Douglas
Published October 22, 2014
Hamilton is a growing, dynamic ciy. Over the next 30 years, we will add hundreds of thousands of new people to our city.
To get the most from this growth, to be a truly great city, we need a 21st century transit policy. We need a transportation network that drives our economy and promotes prosperity for every person who calls Hamilton home.
So, the question is, What's the best transit solution for all of Hamilton: light rail transit or bus rapid transit?
Light rail transit (LRT):
Bus rapid transit (BRT):
The city has spent five years studying rapid transit. Thousands of citizens from across the city have given their input. Several reports have analyzed the alternatives. It's time to stop talking and start acting, because the facts are in.
Hamilton's LRT will serve as a vital artery through the core of the city, a source of energy delivering jobs, economic development and overall prosperity.
LRT increases commercial development and creates new tax sources.
Right now, 75 percent of hamilton's tax revenue is generated from residential property taxes.
Studies show that significant increases in development occur within an 800 metre corridor on each side of LRT systems.
The LRT will help turn surface parking lots into office buildings and condos, which means greater revenue from the core. This development will reduce tax pressure on homeowners and save money for residents across the city.
LRT is much cheaper per rider than BRT.
On average, LRT costs 42 percent less per rider.
Bus service costs $2.80 per rider with taxes paying $1.43 of the cost of a bus ride.
This means a savings of $ 1.18 per rider on LRT.
The train costs less to operate because it has more passengers per driver, and train cars last on average three times longer than buses.
LRT moves more people faster and from across the city.
The Province has committed to 100 percent capital funding.
The fact is the provincial government is building mass transit in cities across Ontario. Some of that tax money comes from Hamilton.
Should we let our transit taxes build trains somewhere else? We have already paid for the LRT with our taxes to the province.
When you compare LRT to BRT, the choice is clear:
The facts are in:
Increases commercial development:
100 percent capital funding:
The choice is clear: