Not sure why LRT is being discussed in the GO Transit, other than to propagate the LRT vs GO mindset, but here's a few observations.
First off, congratulations to Kitchener for getting rush hour GO train service in the form of two trains in to Union in the morning, and two afternoon trains back to Guelph and Kitchener in the evening. Hamilton has enjoyed this kind of go train service since the early '80s and I am sure there is a growing market in Kitchener that will eventually see frequency expanded to our current service levels, and ultimately evolve to the all-day service we will be enjoying here in Hamilton come 2014.
With regards to LRT, I am not sure why the perception that Kitchener is winning the race to LRT, or why even a race scenario is being created here. Yes, Waterloo region is well on its way with planning their LRT, as we are here as well. In fact, both rapid transit projects are relatively at the same planning stage, despite the fact that Waterloo Region had a couple years head start on our rapid transit office.
Regardless, developing the LRT in Hamilton should not succumb to a rushed or hurried mindframe. Getting it ahead of other southern Ontario regions should not be a driving force for it. Our focus should be on ensuring we have the right service that will complement our city's growth plans while being a sustainable city service.
"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul"
-George Bernard Shaw