City Councilor Chad Collins certainly has his critics over his position on LRT for Hamilton, but whatever your opinion of Collins politics, give him full marks for his assessment of Hamilton’s financial conundrum.
On the heels of the announcement that Hamilton will receive about $37 million from the Feds and the Province for transit enhancements, Collins opined that there seems to be a disconnect between Hamilton’s needs and what senior levels of government are offering.
Certainly, $37 million is better than nothing, but it doesn’t even put a dent in the cost of the much needed bus garage and the enhanced transit service, dubbed BLAST.
And, it’s worth noting that Hamilton’s allocation is a drop in the bucket compared to what some other cities are getting.
Moreover, as Collins points out, yesterday’s funding announcement doesn’t even address the City’s multi-million dollar infrastructure deficit.
Taxpayers would be a lot more supportive of public transit funding if they knew that there was also a plan to fix our roads and sewers.
Either our local representatives are failing to deliver Hamilton’s message to Queens Park and Ottawa, or even worse, those governments aren’t listening.
Either way, Hamilton comes up short.