Transit talk on the campaign trail

After the Thanksgiving break, Mayoral candidate Brad Clark has come out swinging on transit.

Andrew Dreschel writes:

With less than two weeks to Election Day, Brad Clark has dramatically reframed the LRT debate.

The Stoney Creek councillor and former Ontario transportation minister initially trumpeted bus rapid transit as a cheaper alternative to light rail, which he declared unaffordable and premature.

But Clark is now describing what he means by BRT and it’s nothing like the system most people link to that acronym, at least not from the jump-off.

In nutshell, Clark’s vision calls for staged implementation of BRT to be matched by staged 100 per cent capital funding from the province.

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Clark rolled out his full platform at a media conference in Waterdown Wednesday:

Mayoral hopeful Brad Clark has laid out an ambitious plan to improve transit in Hamilton over the next eight years – a plan that will cost up to $24 million to operate overall.

Clark announced several initiatives he plans to implement if elected:

•Create a “flexible BRT” system on several corridors across the city, including the existing B-Line, the proposed A-Line from the airport to the James Street North GO station, and several corridors stretching from Stoney Creek and Ancaster;

•Enhancing transit service in Waterdown;

•Expanding transit service in Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Dundas to provide service throughout the day, seven days a week;

•Enhance and rebrand the HSR

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