A few observations, If I may, after spending some time in Edinburgh Scotland last week.
First of all, it’s a magnificent, vibrant city that features arts and culture, sports and some of the most incredible historical architecture you’ll ever see.
Yes, they do have an LRT system; they call theirs ‘The Tram’, but it’s the Scottish cousin of the system Hamilton is designing.
In fact, not unlike the Hamilton model, the tracks run down the middle of the road with one lane of traffic on either side, and, by all accounts, it works pretty well.
And just like the Hamilton proposal, the light rail system is augmented by buses, lots and lots of buses to all parts of the city.
The biggest grumbling I heard about their Tram was the price tag; apparently, it cost just over a billion dollars ( does that number sound familiar ?)
It’s interesting to note that the Edinburgh Tram runs from downtown to their airport; more than a few Hamiltonians wish that our LRT line copied that model.
I was also amazed at the number of young adults from Ontario, including Hamilton , that we ran across, who decided to move to Edinburgh rather than stay here.
We’re doing a lot of things right here in Hamilton, but a few days spend in a city like Edinburgh reminds us that we still have a lot to learn.