On reading this article in the Spectator about the announced closure of the Siemens plant in Hamilton, I realized that this could be an excellent opportunity to retool the Siemens plant to manufacture light rail transit systems in Hamilton for the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
Siemens builds LRT systems;
Siemens has announced that its business plan involves locating its manufacturing closer to its markets; and
Metrolinx is planning to spend billions of dollars building new LRT systems across the GTA+H over the next two decades.
Even more interesting is the potential for the Ontario government to combine electric-powered LRT systems with clean, sustainable electricity generation, for example using wind turbines as Calgary currently does.
By the way, Calgary's LRT system was built by Siemens.
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