RELEASE: New 16 km Rapid Transit line planned to connect the Waterfront with Hamilton Airport

Ontario is moving forward with planning for a proposed 16 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that would connect the Hamilton waterfront to Hamilton International Airport, making it easier for people to travel across the city.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was joined by Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger today to announce the proposed line, which would also connect to the Hamilton Street Railway, the future Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) line, GO Transit buses, and the Hamilton GO Centre and West Harbour GO stations. Connections to key destinations such as Mohawk College, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and the West Harbour area will also be explored during the planning phase, and details such as the number of stops will be determined through further study by Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton.

The 16 km BRT replaces a previously-proposed 2 km LRT spur, based on analysis and feedback received through public consultations in the fall. Together with the 11km LRT, which will have 14 stops along Main and King Streets, and feature new, modern light rail vehicles with service from McMaster University to Queenston Circle, these two projects will provide rapid, reliable and convenient transit to families and commuters in the Hamilton area.

“Metrolinx is committed to delivering expanded transit in Hamilton, making it easier to move within your city and connect with our growing region,” said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx in a statement. “Combined with LRT on the B-line, planning for the proposed A-line bus rapid transit service will support future connectivity across the city and will contribute to Hamilton’s ongoing revitalization.”

“Hamilton’s $1-billion LRT project is quite simply the single largest economic stimulus our community has ever experienced. It will mean good local jobs and new transit access for students, seniors and families across the city,” stated Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Building more transit options for commuters and families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUICK FACTS

  • In May 2015, Ontario announced a capital investment of up to $1 billion for a new LRT in Hamilton, with completion expected by 2024.
  • Today, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx also issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the LRT project—the first step in the procurement and a significant milestone towards implementation.
  • Analysis and feedback received through public consultations in the fall of 2016 found that an alternate 16 km rapid transit route from the waterfront to Hamilton International Airport is preferred to the previously proposed 2 km A-line LRT spur on James Street North.
  • Planning for the proposed BRT line includes an environmental assessment, which will be completed in partnership by Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton.
  • Since 2013, Ontario and Metrolinx have built three new GO stations, renovated 10 existing GO stations, and added approximately 7,000 new GO station parking spots. They have also purchased 220 new GO buses, 69 new GO train coaches, and 10 new GO train locomotives.
  • Metrolinx is working with Infrastructure Ontario to deliver the Hamilton B-Line LRT project.

Source: Ministry of Transportation