Take a ride on Hamilton's proposed LRT route
Premier announced $1B for Hamilton rapid transit push Tuesday
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced $1B for Hamilton's light rapid transit dreams Tuesday, and now's a good time to start picturing where the system would go for those who haven't been hanging on every political detail.
- Main Street: From McMaster to the 403
- King Street: 403 through downtown to King/Main
- Main Street: Queenston Road to Eastgate Square (At first, the line will stretch only to Queenston Road.)
Take a ride on the B-Line to see five key places along the route and some of their implications — good and bad, depending how you look at it.
McMaster University: western terminus
But it's also hoped to be a draw for Hamilton Health Sciences staff and patients and families going to the Children's Hospital.
There'd be two stops, one by the hospital entrance, one close to Cootes Drive.
18 stops from McMaster to Eastgate
In addition to the terminus stops at McMaster and (eventually) Eastgate, there'd be 16 on-street stops.
From McMaster, the line proceeds east along Main Street W. over Highway 403 on a yet-to-be-designed bridge over to King St. W. to go into downtown.
King and James: Jackson Square
King St. E.: International Village
These plans invoke memories of the dramatic arguments over the now-defunct bus lane, but take it up a level:
King St. and Main St.
Past downtown, the line would continue on King St. E. until the delta at Main St. E., when it would switch over and follow Main and Queenston roads out to Eastgate.
This is the eastern terminus of the existing bus B-line, and was the original end of the line for the LRT route. Tuesday's announcement indicates that at first, the LRT line will go only part of the way to Eastgate. That would leave the eastern end of the city off of the economic uplift radar, at least for now.
Want to feel like you're actually riding the rails? Watch a video of portions of the route:
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