City Council is set to vote on the $2.1-billion light rail plan tomorrow, but before it does, members of the public will have the chance to have their say.
At least eight people are signed up to speak to council, including David Jeanes. Jeanes, president of Transport Action Canada, has spoken before the council as a whole and to council committees “200 to 300 times” over the last 14 years ‘ but he doesn’t think what people say tomorrow will change any councillors’ minds or the LRT plan.
“People can have their say and they’ll be heard. It’s just that I don’t think much change will come,” said Jeanes.
Councillors will have already considered staff reports and likely made up their minds, said Jeanes. However, he still believes it’s important councillors listen.
“This is a pretty fundamental decision that they’re making and it will have an impact on the public,” said Jeans.
Mayor Jim Watson said Thursday he’s looking forward to input and that previous consultations unearthed dissatisfaction with the depth of the downtown stations ‘ a problem that he said will be fixed if the new plan is approved.