Mayoral candidates talk transit and schools

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

Public transit and school closures are on the minds of two of Hamilton’s mayoral candidates.

Fred Eisenberger is calling for the creation of a “citizen forum” to lead a city-wide, robust public discussion about Light Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit compared to the need for additional roads.

He says the community forum would assess all options at public meetings and make recommendations to City Council on the future direction of modern public transportation in Hamilton. Eisenberger adds that he personally supports LRT because it would bring millions of outside investment dollars to the community.

Brian McHattie, meantime, has presented school board trustees with a 3-point plan he says would help deal with the weakening of neighbourhoods as a result of school closures.

He proposes a slowing down of the school closure process, developing facilities partnerships between the city, school board and local businesses and organizations and working together to convince the province to change the school funding formula.

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