No rushing on LRT: Bratina

Opinion Jun 11, 2016 Hamilton Spectator

RE: LRT in Hamilton

Unlike Ottawa, Hamilton council had not contemplated LRT in its transit planning until the province came forward with the offer of a fully funded project under the so-called Big Move in 2007. The seeming reluctance to give final approval is partly the absence of critical funding details, serious problems related to the province's preferred route and the failure to address the city's immediate and documented transit needs.

Metrolinx proposes to expropriate Hamilton's best performing transit route to build, own and operate an LRT. Council has not been told what will happen to the revenues that now help subsidize underperforming routes in other parts of the city. In fact the city's unanimously approved transit plan called Rapid Ready calls for enhanced service throughout Hamilton to address the poor current ridership levels.

The uncertainty around future transit growth is likely the reason that at this critical time the director of transit David Dixon handed in his resignation. The notion by others that we need to "get our act together" is a rush to judgment council is not currently willing to take until important questions are answered.

Bob Bratina, Liberal MP, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

No rushing on LRT: Bratina

Opinion Jun 11, 2016 Hamilton Spectator

RE: LRT in Hamilton

Unlike Ottawa, Hamilton council had not contemplated LRT in its transit planning until the province came forward with the offer of a fully funded project under the so-called Big Move in 2007. The seeming reluctance to give final approval is partly the absence of critical funding details, serious problems related to the province's preferred route and the failure to address the city's immediate and documented transit needs.

Metrolinx proposes to expropriate Hamilton's best performing transit route to build, own and operate an LRT. Council has not been told what will happen to the revenues that now help subsidize underperforming routes in other parts of the city. In fact the city's unanimously approved transit plan called Rapid Ready calls for enhanced service throughout Hamilton to address the poor current ridership levels.

The uncertainty around future transit growth is likely the reason that at this critical time the director of transit David Dixon handed in his resignation. The notion by others that we need to "get our act together" is a rush to judgment council is not currently willing to take until important questions are answered.

Bob Bratina, Liberal MP, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

No rushing on LRT: Bratina

Opinion Jun 11, 2016 Hamilton Spectator

RE: LRT in Hamilton

Unlike Ottawa, Hamilton council had not contemplated LRT in its transit planning until the province came forward with the offer of a fully funded project under the so-called Big Move in 2007. The seeming reluctance to give final approval is partly the absence of critical funding details, serious problems related to the province's preferred route and the failure to address the city's immediate and documented transit needs.

Metrolinx proposes to expropriate Hamilton's best performing transit route to build, own and operate an LRT. Council has not been told what will happen to the revenues that now help subsidize underperforming routes in other parts of the city. In fact the city's unanimously approved transit plan called Rapid Ready calls for enhanced service throughout Hamilton to address the poor current ridership levels.

The uncertainty around future transit growth is likely the reason that at this critical time the director of transit David Dixon handed in his resignation. The notion by others that we need to "get our act together" is a rush to judgment council is not currently willing to take until important questions are answered.

Bob Bratina, Liberal MP, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek