Ford Government Scraps LRT (Light Rail Transit) Funding for Neighbouring Hamilton

Another Shot by the Ford Government in its Ongoing War on Environmental Protection and on Building a Greener, Cleaner Province of Ontario

“This will result in more cars on the road and more gridlock, along with fewer opportunities for urban renewal and growth. Cancelling the LRT will leave Hamilton with more carbon pollution and other toxic air pollution proven to make people sick.” – from a statement by Environmental Defence, a leading public advocacy group in Canada

A Statement by Sarah Buchanan, Clean Economy Program Manager, Environmental Defence, on the cancellation of the Hamilton LRT
Posted December 16th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A green way of getting around in the Hamilton area sees its funding scrapped by Ford’s Tories who have shown their preference  over and over again for carbon polluting trucks and cars.

Toronto, Ontario  – Today (this December 16th), Hamilton residents learned that instead of getting desperately needed clean, comfortable rapid public transit, their long awaited LRT project’s funding was pulled by the Provincial government.  

This will result in more cars on the road and more gridlock, along with fewer opportunities for urban renewal and growth. Cancelling the LRT will leave Hamilton with more carbon pollution and other toxic air pollution proven to make people sick.

Cancelling Hamilton’s LRT is a regressive decision which also contradicts the Ontario government’s own Environment Plan, which promises to reduce ballooning carbon pollution from vehicles by investing in public transit.

It also undermines the intent of the province’s Growth Plan, which seeks to create greater opportunities for growth and prosperity within urban centres.

The Auditor General of Ontario recently pointed out that “frequent changes to transit planning over the past decade have resulted in delays that not only waste money, but also allow car-dominated commuting patterns to continue.”

She also slammed Premier Ford’s government for lack of co-ordination between public transit investments and land use planning, meaning a lot of money is being spent for very little improvement in ridership or reduction in carbon pollution.

Today (this December 16th), the Ontario government committed to leaving Hamilton residents stuck in traffic, breathing polluting exhaust, instead of shifting to cleaner transportation and more sustainable urban growth and prosperity.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE ( www.environmentaldefence.ca [https://www.environmentaldefence.ca/] ): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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One response to “Ford Government Scraps LRT (Light Rail Transit) Funding for Neighbouring Hamilton

  1. It’s not like we’re not choking and coughing right now in Niagara. Those of us having to wait for buses, walk instead of drive, etc. are very exposed to this … the LRT would have been a great benefit to Hamilton and eventually Niagara too

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