By RTH Staff
Published August 11, 2011
The International Village BIA board of management sent the following letter to Mayor Bob Bratina and Council:
Mr. Mayor and Members of Council;
As members of the International Village BIA Board of Management, we would like to formally state our support for Light Rail Transit in the City of Hamilton. We have been active participants in not only the planning process, but in educating the members of our BIA on how LRT will affect our city in the future.
Our Executive Director, Susan Braithwaite has been a member of the LRT Citizen Advisory Committee for a year now and she has been very active in keeping us up to date on new progressions in the planning of LRT, specifically the B-Line.
We have circulated newsletters, hosted public information centres and toured our BIA on our own and with members from the city to discuss how our membership feels about the possible implementation of the B-Line.
We do have some major concerns with the planning process that the city is well aware of. Our biggest concern is the proposal to close down vehicular traffic between Walnut and Mary St. as we are unsure if this is the right option for the businesses affected along that stretch of King St. E. Our preferred route for LRT has always been Main St. and we hope that a continuation in funding for the planning process may help to explore this option further.
We can see the long-term benefits of implementing LRT in Hamilton. It will not only reduce pollutants along with many other benefits, but it will also make the flow of transportation from east to west and eventually north to south, far more accommodating to those who live, shop, work and play in our great city. This is not a "fast fix" but something we need to understand will affect not only ourselves, but future generations alike.
We are also supportive of the GO train service being at the forefront of transportation planning in Hamilton, but we believe that both plans (LRT & GO) can move ahead as planned as part of the Metrolinx "Big Move" strategy.
We encourage council to be proactive in asking for more funding from the Province so that we can continue on with the planning process for LRT, and hopefully see all this hard work come to fruition in the near future. Now is the time to take this possible opportunity and implement the most valuable and effective transportation system our city may ever see.
The Board of Management
International Village BIA
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