Hamilton, Ontario LRT making progress

March 14, 2016

Written by  John D. Thompson, Canadian Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine

The City of Hamilton, Ontario is close to signing an agreement with Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, for the building of the city’s first LRT line. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, with opening by about 2024. Funding approval by the province of up to C$1 billion (Canadian) was announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne in May 2015.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

The city, with funding from Metrolinx, has established an LRT office on the fourth floor of the former Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway station, now the downtown GO Transit Centre. The staff, which will be expanded in coming months, comprises management, technical, administrative and community relations personnel. The office functions as a liaison between the city and Metrolinx.

An engineering firm has been engaged to prepare plans for construction, in order that contracts may be awarded by early 2018. The selected route is relatively simple, mainly following streets in a reserved track alignment.

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