Dear Mr. Jackson,
As one of your constituents living in your ward for well over a decade, I wanted to take the time to write to you asking you to reconsider how you previously voted on the Transit Only Lane last week.
While I understand the conversation has often devolved into one of much derision regardless of where you stand on the issue, I would kindly ask that you please lend consideration to some things:
The first being that the purpose of the funding used to implement the lane was as you know provided by Metrolinx for the explicit purposes of improving transit, not for reducing its capacities. While I'm far from a lawyer I can only imagine we aren't supposed to be spending that money it for its removal. And if that's the case, I have to wonder if it's the right thing to do to spend what may end up being the City of Hamilton's money on removing the Transit Only Lane when we have, as many have noted, a looming and massive infrastructure deficit.
Another point of consideration would be the notion that this doesn't serve the people living in your ward. As someone who does indeed live in your ward, I can wholeheartedly assure you that it does. I'm a McMaster student, and I frequently use the lane on a daily basis to get there. It has greatly improved my ability to get to home, to school, and to my place of employment. It does indeed serve, at the very least, one of your constituents very well. I am doubtful, though, that I am the only one.
We're a city that has had its fair share of issues since amalgamation. But we need to start taking steps to reuniting an unfortunately fractured city. Realizing that transit improvements in one part of the city do not detriment another is part of that. There are many things we need to improve upon in regards to transit on the mountain. You are not wrong when you assert that fact. But it should not be considered something we cannot achieve without putting down other parts of the city.
Please reconsider. It's about a lot more than going back to the basics, sir. It's about looking forward.
- Eric Gillis.