Toronto, Ont. – Today, 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, 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): 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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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:  Allen Braude, abraude@environmentaldefence.ca