It got a little confusing at City Hall yesterday.
Was the debate about LRT, or BRT ? I think at one point they were proposing BLT, although that might have been someone’s lunch order.
Someone said Bus Rapid Transit would supply the same economic benefits as LRT, someone disagreed with that assertion.
Then someone proposed changing from the cross town B line to the A line that would go up to the Airport.
And they wonder why the Province says they’re getting mixed messages from Hamilton ?
Speaking of the Province, Premier Wynne said that Hamilton would get full funding for our rapid transit project.
Which rapid transit project.. LRT or BRT?
Then PC Leader Tim Hudak reiterated that if he were Premier, he’d cancel the LRT plan altogether.
Confusing isn’t it ?
There was one bit of useful information from City Staff that got lost in the rhetoric.
They said that when and if LRT is approved, it would probably be 5-8 years of planning before they started laying tracks.
I suggest that everyone take a time out from the transit debate , at least until after the Provincial election or maybe longer.
Wanna-be Premiers are making grandiose promises and wanna-be re-elected Councilors are more focused on not alienating potential voters than they are about city building.
That’s not a healthy environment to make a decision on such an important facet of Hamilton’s future.