McMaster students support #YesLRT in Hamilton
April 11, 2017 at 19:00 pm
The provincial government has allocated $1 billion to the building and operation of light rail transit (LRT) in Hamilton. The western end of the LRT line will reside on the campus of McMaster University. However, Hamilton City Council continues to debate the project, despite dozens of votes in support of LRT.
Some members of City Council, such as the Mayor, and Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12 Councillors, remain strong supporters of LRT. Thank you Mayor Eisenberger, and Councillors Johnson, Farr, Green, Merulla and Ferguson for your leadership in improving public transit in Hamilton.
The rest of Council has either refused to take a positon, or opposes the LRT project. Municipal leaders need to hear from McMaster students, as residents of Hamilton, that students support LRT development, appreciate the $1 billion to fund the project from the province and want City Council to move forward with LRT implementation.
As such, the MSU has launched a campaign to educated people on the LRT plan and to encourage students to contact City Council, expressing why McMaster students want to see the province's $1 billion investment respected and why public transit development is essential to the student experience in Hamilton.
Visit msumcmaster.ca/YesLRT and find the lists of City Council members who support, oppose or are undecided on the issue. Pre-authored emails to each group are available to help show the student support for LRT. Twitter accounts are also provided. Feel free to tweet your support of LRT to City Councillors, while using the hashtag #YesLRT.
MSU Vice President (Education), Blake Oliver will make a delegation to the General Issues Committee meeting of Hamilton City Council on April 19, 2017 to express the McMaster student support for LRT. The more emails and tweets Council members receive in advance of her delegation, the stronger her presentation becomes.
For more information, please contact:
Vice President (Education)
905-525-9140 ext. 24017