Ontario says Hamilton must use $1 billion for LRT

News May 15, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton councillors who are having second thoughts on spending $1billion on the light-rail transit project are talking about using the provincial funding for other transit and infrastructure needs for the city.

As politicians prepare to debate the future of LRT at their May 18 general issues committee meeting, Ward 5 councillor Chad Collins said city officials should approach the provincial government and ask if Hamilton can use the $1 billion for other projects.

“We can use the funding for transit improvements in general,” said Collins, recently speaking to reporters. “Every community is seeing an investment from the province. We could fund LRT, or something else.”

That “something else,” said Collins could include repairs to sidewalks, roads, and expand the city’s bus system.

But the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is saying Hamilton has to use the money on the LRT.

“Investments under the Moving Ontario Forward – Inside the GTHA fund are directed to rapid transit projects that will help improve mobility and manage congestion in the region,” stated Bob Nichols, senior media liaison officer in an email.

He stated the province has “committed” $1 billion for the capital construction of Hamilton’s LRT. The province and Metrolinx respects the “importance” of the city’s decision to support transit improvements and will “work collaboratively” with Hamilton to “advance work on the project.”

Collins, and a few other councillors, is now questioning the wisdom of spending the $1 billion on the LRT, which the province announced to the city a year ago at McMaster University.

“Is it worth it?” says Collins, who is suggesting building the LRT should be put to a plebiscite for Hamilton residents to decide.

Stoney Creek councillor Doug Conley says in general people in his area don’t want the LRT, and he expects the project to create traffic problems within neighbourhoods. Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge, whose motion to defer debating the LRT project until May 18 was approved in a 9-6 vote, says she doesn’t want to scuttle the project, but councillors and the public have yet to debate the design plan and the financial impact on the city.

Hamilton has spent upwards of $6 million already on the planning, administration and design of the LRT. A separate LRT department has already been created for the project, which is scheduled to be tendered in 2018 prior to the provincial and municipal elections. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will be finished in 2024.

 

 

 

Ontario says Hamilton must use $1 billion for LRT

News May 15, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton councillors who are having second thoughts on spending $1billion on the light-rail transit project are talking about using the provincial funding for other transit and infrastructure needs for the city.

As politicians prepare to debate the future of LRT at their May 18 general issues committee meeting, Ward 5 councillor Chad Collins said city officials should approach the provincial government and ask if Hamilton can use the $1 billion for other projects.

“We can use the funding for transit improvements in general,” said Collins, recently speaking to reporters. “Every community is seeing an investment from the province. We could fund LRT, or something else.”

That “something else,” said Collins could include repairs to sidewalks, roads, and expand the city’s bus system.

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But the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is saying Hamilton has to use the money on the LRT.

“Investments under the Moving Ontario Forward – Inside the GTHA fund are directed to rapid transit projects that will help improve mobility and manage congestion in the region,” stated Bob Nichols, senior media liaison officer in an email.

He stated the province has “committed” $1 billion for the capital construction of Hamilton’s LRT. The province and Metrolinx respects the “importance” of the city’s decision to support transit improvements and will “work collaboratively” with Hamilton to “advance work on the project.”

Collins, and a few other councillors, is now questioning the wisdom of spending the $1 billion on the LRT, which the province announced to the city a year ago at McMaster University.

“Is it worth it?” says Collins, who is suggesting building the LRT should be put to a plebiscite for Hamilton residents to decide.

Stoney Creek councillor Doug Conley says in general people in his area don’t want the LRT, and he expects the project to create traffic problems within neighbourhoods. Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge, whose motion to defer debating the LRT project until May 18 was approved in a 9-6 vote, says she doesn’t want to scuttle the project, but councillors and the public have yet to debate the design plan and the financial impact on the city.

Hamilton has spent upwards of $6 million already on the planning, administration and design of the LRT. A separate LRT department has already been created for the project, which is scheduled to be tendered in 2018 prior to the provincial and municipal elections. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will be finished in 2024.

 

 

 

Ontario says Hamilton must use $1 billion for LRT

News May 15, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton councillors who are having second thoughts on spending $1billion on the light-rail transit project are talking about using the provincial funding for other transit and infrastructure needs for the city.

As politicians prepare to debate the future of LRT at their May 18 general issues committee meeting, Ward 5 councillor Chad Collins said city officials should approach the provincial government and ask if Hamilton can use the $1 billion for other projects.

“We can use the funding for transit improvements in general,” said Collins, recently speaking to reporters. “Every community is seeing an investment from the province. We could fund LRT, or something else.”

That “something else,” said Collins could include repairs to sidewalks, roads, and expand the city’s bus system.

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But the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is saying Hamilton has to use the money on the LRT.

“Investments under the Moving Ontario Forward – Inside the GTHA fund are directed to rapid transit projects that will help improve mobility and manage congestion in the region,” stated Bob Nichols, senior media liaison officer in an email.

He stated the province has “committed” $1 billion for the capital construction of Hamilton’s LRT. The province and Metrolinx respects the “importance” of the city’s decision to support transit improvements and will “work collaboratively” with Hamilton to “advance work on the project.”

Collins, and a few other councillors, is now questioning the wisdom of spending the $1 billion on the LRT, which the province announced to the city a year ago at McMaster University.

“Is it worth it?” says Collins, who is suggesting building the LRT should be put to a plebiscite for Hamilton residents to decide.

Stoney Creek councillor Doug Conley says in general people in his area don’t want the LRT, and he expects the project to create traffic problems within neighbourhoods. Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge, whose motion to defer debating the LRT project until May 18 was approved in a 9-6 vote, says she doesn’t want to scuttle the project, but councillors and the public have yet to debate the design plan and the financial impact on the city.

Hamilton has spent upwards of $6 million already on the planning, administration and design of the LRT. A separate LRT department has already been created for the project, which is scheduled to be tendered in 2018 prior to the provincial and municipal elections. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will be finished in 2024.