Bay Street LRT stop still up for de­bate

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The fight for a Bay Street LRT stop isn’t over. City coun­cil nar­rowly voted to push off a de­ci­sion on adding an­other plat­form to the $1-bil­lion light rail tran­sit line to a spe­cial March meet­ing about the project. The cham­ber of com­merce re­quested the down­town stop last fall, ar­gu­ing it would be among the best-used plat­forms and a boon to would-be devel­op­ers and busi­nesses eye­ing the area. The idea ini­tially earned the sup­port of the city’s LRT sub­com­mit­tee of politi­cians and com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers be­fore be­ing voted down at a sub­se­quent meet­ing of coun­cil­lors. The back-and-forth po­lit­i­cal ar­gu­ment is ac­tu­ally over whether to ask project man­ager Metrolinx to study the idea. The agency has to make a de­ci­sion on the fi­nal route and num­ber of stops soon if it wants to sub­mit the project’s amended en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment to the prov­ince on time.

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