Comment 110110

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 10, 2015 at 11:16:55 in reply to Comment 110109

It won't be a "wasting money" scandal, but it should be a "lying to the people and wasting 7 years of time and effort and costing Hamilton $1 billion in investment" scandal.

Remember that the Liberals have promised Hamilton two rapid transit lines in three successive elections: 2007, 2011, 2014. And they kept repeating the promise in between elections as well (most recently just a couple of months ago). They also claimed that any funding decisions would be based on full benefits case analyses, which has been done back in 2010 for Hamilton's LRT but not for the $300 million over ten years in bus funding Hamilton is requesting.

The real scandal should be that the Liberals have effectively promised Hamiltonians well over $1 billion in rapid transit investment since 2007 and they have never followed through.

Remember that the Rapid Ready Report was submitted to the Province back in 2013 as Hamilton's formal request for LRT funding, backed up by an EA, 30% engineering design, land use study and extensive public consultation. It's been sitting there for two years, with no response from the Liberals or Metrolinx.

Unfortunately, our own Council is helping them reneg on their promises in order to avoid spending their own money on local, non rapid transit, buses and bus maintenance facilities.

The phrase "useful idiots" comes to mind ...

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-03-10 11:22:27

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