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Starting Monday, public can comment on next phase of Hamilton's LRT plan

The public is invited to comment on Hamilton's light-rail transit (LRT) plan starting Monday as part of a crucial next stage of the process.
Hamilton's LRT project will run from McMaster University to Eastgate Square. Metrolinx and the city have submitted an updated environmental project report to the province. (Metrolinx)

The public is invited to comment on Hamilton's light-rail transit (LRT) plan starting Monday as part of a crucial next stage of the process.

Metrolinx and the city have submitted an updated environmental assessment, otherwise known as an environmental project report (EPR), to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

That comes with a 30-day public comment period. The document will be available online on Monday, and in hard copy at various locations around the city.

This is a necessary step for the $1 billion project which will run from McMaster University to the Eastgate Square — a project that in April seemed on the brink of death.

The majority of councillors seemed ready to not send the EPR to the province, which would have indefinitely halted the Metrolinx project. At the last minute, it was extended to Eastgate Square from the Queenston traffic circle, and council voted 10-5 to proceed.

The public comment period runs from May 29 to June 28, says spokesperson Kelly Anderson.

After that, the ministry has up to 35 days to let the LRT office know if the project can proceed, whether conditions will be placed on it, or whether the plan needs more work.

Metrolinx has already started buying property for the project. Later this year, the city will sign a master agreement that will act as the legal point of no return.

The province is paying the $1 billion, which is the full capital cost of LRT.

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