Light Rail

Letter: Well-Functioning Transit the Backbone of Any Good City

By Letter to the Editor
Published July 12, 2011

Hello Councillor Farr,

A solid, well-functioning public transit system is the backbone of any good city. If you want people to see and make use of and share ideas and services and money, you need a public transit system that is reliable and efficient.

The bus system that exists in Hamilton is okay; it's better than nothing, but it's not overly efficient. I will use the public transportation system more when it makes more sense than driving. It takes me over an hour to bus to Dundas from Downtown, whereas it takes only 10 mins to drive. I think the LRT will be the solution to this problem, as it will move a large volume of people down busy corridors, quickly.

The development that will spring up around the LRT stops will be worth it on its own, but the benefits go far beyond that - increased tourism, better access to jobs, reduced traffic congestion, less air pollution, better access to downtown from other wards, and, of course, better access to Tiger-cats games.

Council whole-heartedly supported this plan in 2008. What has changed? I don't know if you personally, Mr. Farr, have cooled your position on the LRT, but during your election campaign you supported it along with all-day GO service. They don't have to be mutually exclusive, and, in fact, complement each other quite well. Think how much easier it would be for people from across the city to commute into and out of Hamilton for work, without having to sit in QEW traffic.

I hope you'll push this issue at Council as it would greatly benefit Ward 2. At least know that I, as a resident of Ward 2, feel that the LRT is important for Hamilton. I'd like my voice to be heard and my views to be represented at Council, by my Councillor.

Thanks very much,

Rochelle Rumney

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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted July 12, 2011 at 17:00:20

Might I suggest some of us go over to the Spec and show our support for former Mayor Eisenberger's commentary here:

http://www.thespec.com/opinion/article/562087--why-light-rail-transit-matters

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 12, 2011 at 21:25:59 in reply to Comment 66074

That looks like the same essay he wrote last month for Newsclip. Glad to see the Spectator running it, but I would love to see their news room give this more attention.

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By Mark-Alan Whittle (anonymous) | Posted July 12, 2011 at 18:43:12

Ex-mayor Fred Eisenberger still lives on Hamilton mountain, I wonder how he gets to work? Does he practice what he preaches and take public transit, or does he drive a car? For that matter, does any Hamilton councillor take public transit to and from work? Why is every reserved parking spot for councillors at city hall occupied by a car every day? Does anyone on council lead by example? Who is driving the Mayor's Limo, if he isn't using it? Does the driver still get paid?

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By George (registered) | Posted July 13, 2011 at 11:04:41 in reply to Comment 66079

Wrong. Fred Eisenberger lives in the lower city, east end, ward 5, and has for quite some time now.

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By WRCU2 (registered) - website | Posted July 13, 2011 at 09:51:49 in reply to Comment 66079

In the spirit of fairness Mark-Alan, I will begin to include anonymous users such as yourself who no longer use their registered usernames to log on at RTH InTo my anal.y.sis. I will combine your anonymously posted statistics with your old values to keep you up to date with the rest of us. A Smith will be next and so on to also include all the more consistent high-frequency anonymous comm-enters who have never registered.

Incidentally, A Smith has not appeared on my Top 100 list because he or she is not registered even though A Smith is still a huge contributor at RTH and deserves to be acknowledged as much as you are, maw.

I have to begin merging anonymous users carefully into my analysis of paw-prints; Every user has one but trolls leave a special kind of depression in the sands of expression, which I just Thought off-hand I should mention.

BTW - Great letter Rochelle

Comment edited by WRCU2 on 2011-07-13 10:19:14

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By Commuter (anonymous) | Posted July 13, 2011 at 00:54:32 in reply to Comment 66079

Fred Eisenberger sat on the GO bus with me to Union last week. Nice guy

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By highwater (registered) | Posted July 12, 2011 at 18:53:23 in reply to Comment 66079

Fred takes the GO train. McHattie walks.

Comment edited by highwater on 2011-07-12 18:54:39

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