Light Rail

Report: Economic Case for Light Rail in Hamilton

By Ryan McGreal
Published September 12, 2007

We've just prepared a report titled An Economic Case for Light Rail in Hamilton that evaluates light rail based on ridership, economic development, operating costs, and other benefits.

You can download the report (in PDF) here:

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.


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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted September 12, 2007 at 14:18:10

Looks great! I printed a copy of this to leave in the lunchroom at work. Let's spread the word.

I guess you have sent this to city contacts already?

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By Tim Jacobs (registered) | Posted September 14, 2007 at 11:34:59

First, well done on the mobilization to wake this dullard council to the urgent importance of bringing a Light Rail Transit system to Hamilton!

I have written councillors and the mayor and have received tepid and craven comments that suggest that they love their busses and their time-wasting studies about Light Rail.

Can't we do more? Perhaps it's time to form an electronic petition on RTH? People could log in, provide an email address, postal address, and phone number in lieu of signatures all on RTH's website.

Once the politicians see that Light Rail is popular with the constituents, then perhaps they'll take the issue more seriously.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 14, 2007 at 12:53:31

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the kind words. As for doing more, please consider attending the upcoming public discussion on light rail in Hamilton:

It will be at the Sky Dragon Centre (27 King William) on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 PM.

Brian McHattie, Jason Leach and Thom Oommen will be speaking, followed by an open discussion on how to make this happen.

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By Tim Jacobs (registered) | Posted September 14, 2007 at 13:41:30

I would love to come to this event, but I currently live in BC.

I have written a letter to the editor at the Spec, though, and will continue to agitate from afar.

All the best to you guys!

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