Terry Whitehead is stepping up his campaign against Hamilton’s LRT plan.
The Ward 8 Councillor has posted dozens of pages of what he calls “objective” studies to his website.
He says the reports clearly show that for an LRT system to succeed, it has to check certain boxes.
In its current form, Whitehead stresses that Hamilton’s plan doesn’t meet those conditions which include travelling from “a destination location to a destination location”, offering “park n’ ride” options and feeding the system through linkages from the suburbs.
At the very least, the outspoken politician hopes his research provides a “perspective” and a “caution” so that investments are made that will give LRT a chance to succeed.
He’s also critical of reports that have driven the debate up until now, saying that decisions have been based on “selective” information.
Whitehead adds that he remains convinced that a bus rapid transit system would have a “greater overall benefit” while serving more people across Hamilton.
Construction of Hamilton’s LRT is scheduled to begin in 2018 and be completed by 2024 with the province, through Metrolinx, picking up the one billion dollar construction cost.
The city will be responsible for the operating cost, another concern reflected within Whitehead’s research.