Comment 52101

By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted November 24, 2010 at 01:59:33

Robert D. - I have no special reason for running LRT where I said, it just seemed to me to be about the same length and purpose (rail station through downtown) as the line in Kenosha, which was held up as some kind of shining example. If building a similar size line somewhere else downtown makes more sense I can abide with that too. I just cannot fathom spending the huge dollars necessary to build 18 Km or more of track.

LRT lines from all over are being held up as examples for Hamilton. They all have things in common. The biggest thing they have in common is how big or rather how small they are. Even Detroit which is a huge city compared to Hamilton and certainly the major destination city in the area is embarking on an LRT project with a line 8 Km (miles?) long. The one proposed for Hamilton is 18 Km or more. My objection to LRT is the huge amount of money needed to build it and then to subsidize it. LRT is not bad in its own right it is just very expensive. Transit is all about area and density. Hamilton is a huge city (1,100+ Km2) with a population of just over 600,000. With these kind of numbers making transit work is a huge challenge if it is possible.

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