Special Report: Light Rail

Letter: Help Make LRT the Best it Can Be

This development alone will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new property tax revenue for the City and bring economic vitality, jobs and new residents.

By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 16, 2017

During the February 15, 2017 General Issues Committee meeting, City Councillors rejected a proposal to add a light rail transit (LRT) station at Bay Street. That vote still has to be ratified at the City Council meeting on February 22, 2017. Please send a message to Council asking them to reconsider their vote against this important line improvement.


Dear Mayor and Council,

I am writing to ask you to please reverse the GIC decision and uphold the unanimous LRT Sub-Committee vote to add an additional LRT stop on King St at Bay St.

It should be easy to support this recommendation:

This development alone will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new property tax revenue for the City and bring economic vitality, jobs and new residents.

There is simply no good case for opposing this additional stop.

Even if you have doubts about the LRT project, please help ensure it generates the largest benefit for the city. If it is going to happen, we need to make sure it is the best project possible.

Nicholas Kevlahan was born and raised in Vancouver, and then spent eight years in England and France before returning to Canada in 1998. He has been a Hamiltonian since then, and is a strong believer in the potential of this city. Although he spends most of his time as a mathematician, he is also a passionate amateur urbanist and a fan of good design. You can often spot him strolling the streets of the downtown, shopping at the Market. Nicholas is the spokesperson for Hamilton Light Rail.

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By markschilling (registered) - website | Posted February 16, 2017 at 14:30:21

Did council reject this to be petty, as some sort of effort to undermine the system they don't want? There's no clear reason why that extra stop would be bad and every clear reason why it would benefit riders and businesses.

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By JimC (registered) | Posted February 17, 2017 at 18:27:55

Kinda over the idea of using government dollars to benefit businesses. If businesses want it so bad let businesses pay for it. Why should taxpayers pay for a free ride for corporations who already dodge their fair share of taxes? You'll need a more convincing argument.

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By ergopepsi (registered) | Posted February 17, 2017 at 21:25:11 in reply to Comment 120791

Yes, who in their right mind would want to build infrastructure to attract business? Pure insanity..

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted February 18, 2017 at 11:05:28 in reply to Comment 120795

Yes, the government of Canada should never have contributed a cent to build the Trans-Continental Railway. All those potential businesses and wanna-be settlers in Western Canada should have ponied up to fund it in 1880.

Comment edited by KevinLove on 2017-02-18 11:06:38

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By markschilling (registered) - website | Posted February 22, 2017 at 12:15:08 in reply to Comment 120799

C'mon. You're responding with logic and historical context? This is the internet.

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By ergopepsi (registered) | Posted February 22, 2017 at 12:28:57 in reply to Comment 120821

Umm, obviously a poor attempt at sarcasm on my part...

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