Hamil­ton doesn’t win with this LRT deal

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Coun. Green pushes for new LRT deal for HSR (July 5)

Coun. Matthew Green’s in­tent to make LRT a part of Hamil­ton’s pub­lic sys­tem brings to light two im­por­tant is­sues. One: it shows how id­i­otic the ex­ist­ing ar­range­ment re­ally is. In a nut­shell: Hamil­ton will do­nate its prin­ci­pal east-west ar­te­rial road (that pro­vides un­mea­sur­able value to Hamil­to­ni­ans) to a Metrolinx-ap­pointed “con­sor­tium”; to tear up over a pe­riod of years (and de­stroy many busi­nesses in the process); to in­stall a pri­vate tramway; and pay Hamil­ton “a share of rev­enue that is un­de­cided.” Let me re­state: for do­nat­ing King/ Main, re­mov­ing HSR buses from the route, and pro­vid­ing a guar­an­teed/cap­tive rider­ship pool, Hamil­ton gets no own­er­ship, no jobs, and no guar­an­teed rev­enue: sweet deal for the “con­sor­tium,” not so much for Hamil­to­ni­ans! The sec­ond is­sue: the “con­sor­tium” — who are they and what do they bring to the ta­ble to merit such a sweet deal? Are they the “bear” that some coun­cil­lors are afraid to “poke” for fear that the deal will get worse for Hamil­ton? How could it?

The ma­jor­ity of Hamil­to­ni­ans are aware of LRT short­com­ings and are op­posed to it. The ma­jor­ity of city coun­cil con­tin­ues to sup­port it. Whom, or whose in­ter­ests, does the coun­cil rep­re­sent? Mi­lan Gacesa, Dun­das

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