Hamilton creates LRT office at cost of $2 million

News Mar 27, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton’s light rail transit office is moving ahead with more people in place.

City councillors agreed last week to spend over $2 million and starting filling the office with administrative personnel, with most coming from the city.

Paul Johnson, director of the newly created LRT project coordinator, told politicians Metrolinx is providing the funding for the staff under the recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between the provincial agency and the city. Johnson had been director of the city’s newly created neighbourhood and communities initiatives before he was tapped to oversee the LRT project.

It was an assurance that helped Mountain councillor Tom Jackson support the recommendation.

Jackson “just wanted to know” that Hamilton taxpayers were not going to be on the financial hook for the new LRT office.  “I can support it.”

Hamilton is providing 13 full-time staff, plus an additional four support staff for the LRT office. It is projected the $2 million will be an annual administrative expense.

LRT staff includes project manager, legal experts, engineering, communications and manager for the $1 billion LRT project.  Johnson said some of the city employees, who applied for the positions, will only be working on the LRT in the short-term during the planning and design phase. Construction of the LRT from McMaster  University to Queenston circle isn’t planned until 2019.

Johnson said those staff that is now working at the LRT office, their responsibilities at the city have been taken over by other employees.

Hamilton creates LRT office at cost of $2 million

News Mar 27, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton’s light rail transit office is moving ahead with more people in place.

City councillors agreed last week to spend over $2 million and starting filling the office with administrative personnel, with most coming from the city.

Paul Johnson, director of the newly created LRT project coordinator, told politicians Metrolinx is providing the funding for the staff under the recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between the provincial agency and the city. Johnson had been director of the city’s newly created neighbourhood and communities initiatives before he was tapped to oversee the LRT project.

It was an assurance that helped Mountain councillor Tom Jackson support the recommendation.

Jackson “just wanted to know” that Hamilton taxpayers were not going to be on the financial hook for the new LRT office.  “I can support it.”

Hamilton is providing 13 full-time staff, plus an additional four support staff for the LRT office. It is projected the $2 million will be an annual administrative expense.

LRT staff includes project manager, legal experts, engineering, communications and manager for the $1 billion LRT project.  Johnson said some of the city employees, who applied for the positions, will only be working on the LRT in the short-term during the planning and design phase. Construction of the LRT from McMaster  University to Queenston circle isn’t planned until 2019.

Johnson said those staff that is now working at the LRT office, their responsibilities at the city have been taken over by other employees.

Hamilton creates LRT office at cost of $2 million

News Mar 27, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton’s light rail transit office is moving ahead with more people in place.

City councillors agreed last week to spend over $2 million and starting filling the office with administrative personnel, with most coming from the city.

Paul Johnson, director of the newly created LRT project coordinator, told politicians Metrolinx is providing the funding for the staff under the recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between the provincial agency and the city. Johnson had been director of the city’s newly created neighbourhood and communities initiatives before he was tapped to oversee the LRT project.

It was an assurance that helped Mountain councillor Tom Jackson support the recommendation.

Jackson “just wanted to know” that Hamilton taxpayers were not going to be on the financial hook for the new LRT office.  “I can support it.”

Hamilton is providing 13 full-time staff, plus an additional four support staff for the LRT office. It is projected the $2 million will be an annual administrative expense.

LRT staff includes project manager, legal experts, engineering, communications and manager for the $1 billion LRT project.  Johnson said some of the city employees, who applied for the positions, will only be working on the LRT in the short-term during the planning and design phase. Construction of the LRT from McMaster  University to Queenston circle isn’t planned until 2019.

Johnson said those staff that is now working at the LRT office, their responsibilities at the city have been taken over by other employees.