Comment 48280

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 27, 2010 at 07:09:54

f it is so obvious on this forum that we need the LRT, then why is it not done.

I'll pretend your question isn't rhetorical and take a stab at answering it.

The main reason we don't have it yet is that it takes time to plan a major capital infrastructure investment like light rail transit. The City is currently well into the planning phase and has spent much of this year preparing a detailed analysis around routing, rights-of-way, traffic signals, street conversion, public and stakeholder consultation, business impacts mitigation, rezoning around the transit-oriented development corridor, and so on.

The City also recently established a Citizens Advisory Committee and will be presenting the committee this week.

The reason staff, council and the public support the more expensive LRT over the cheaper BRT is that it functions as a transformative anchor for billions of dollars in new investment, not simply as a transportation system. Cities in much worse shape than Hamilton have transformed their downtowns into vibrant, busy, dense mixed use centres through a combination of LRT, people-friendly street design, and business-friendly TOD regulations.

And if you were at Supercrawl on Saturday night, you'll know that people are already willing to come downtown right now.

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