By Adrian Duyzer
Published February 04, 2010
In an editorial piece entitled LRT case more than numbers published today in The Spectator, Lee Prokaska comes out strongly in favour of LRT:
It is no stretch at all to suggest that if light rail transit is built in Hamilton, existing transit users will eagerly jump aboard. It is equally no stretch to suggest transit use will increase, likely in a substantial way.
Having said that, we must remember that in any discussion of LRT and our city, transit use numbers don't tell the whole story and never will. LRT means more to this city than simply moving people from place to place in a convenient, environment-friendly way.
Other communities have found LRT brings a ripple effect, one that can energize a community, create new and exciting ventures and inject a sense of boldness and hope into a faltering landscape.
In vivid contrast with another recent piece published in The Spec, Ms. Prokaska relies on the facts, pointing out that there are already almost enough trips on the Eastgate Square to McMaster University corridor - 25,000 to 30,000 each day - to reach the break-even point for an LRT system, predicted at 34,000 trips per day.
Kudos to Ms. Prokaska and The Spectator are well-deserved for this superb piece.
P.S.: have you written your MPP yet about LRT?
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