Hamilton doesn’t win with this LRT deal
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