The future of LRT in Hamilton may very well depend on what happens in the city of Brampton.
Here’s what’s going on.
Brampton City Council has rejected the Light Rail Transit Plan for that city, but has asked the Province to award them the money for the project anyway, on the condition that it be spent to enhance transit .
Sound familiar ?
That’s essentially what the anti-LRT types in Hamilton would like to see, but so far, the Province has told Hamilton Councilors that the billion dollars is for LRT, take it or leave it.
But if the Province grants Brampton’s request, you can bet that there’ll be a hue and cry from many Hamilton Councilors to get the same deal here.
Let’s face it; apart from the Mayor and the downtown Councilors, Council support for LRT is lukewarm at best and if some of those fence-sitting Councilors were told the money would flow to the City either way, they may pull their support for the project.
I’m sure the folks at Queens Park are wondering what the heck is going on in Hamilton ?
It’s a shame really that City Council’s obfuscation on the LRT issue has put us in this position .
Sometimes with Hamilton City Council, it seems that it’s one step forward and two steps back .