A puz­zling LRT de­vel­op­ment

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: HSR op­er­a­tion of LRT

I find it puz­zling that months af­ter the clos­ing of the Re­quest for Qual­i­fi­ca­tions (RFQ) seek­ing qual­i­fied com­pa­nies to de­sign, build, fi­nance, op­er­ate and main­tain our LRT sys­tem, that only now is there a cam­paign to in­volve the HSR in its op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance, and that some coun­cil­lors are ac­tu­ally sup­port­ing this.

I’m sure the Amal­ga­mated Tran­sit Union, which rep­re­sents HSR work­ers, will be able to rep­re­sent LRT work­ers sim­i­larly, so any talk that this is union-bust­ing is en­tirely mis­lead­ing. As for coun­cil, if they wanted to run the LRT then per­haps they should have in­vested some lo­cal dol­lars in the sys­tem rather than al­low­ing the province to carry the whole cost and run the whole show. If coun­cil wants a chance to run a tran­sit sys­tem prop­erly, it should con­cen­trate on the HSR which it has largely ne­glected for decades. Dan Jelly, Hamil­ton

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