Hamilton LRT

Rank 2022

24

Image Credit: Metrolinx

Industry Sector: Transit

Project Type: LRT

Project Value: $3.4 Billion

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $1.7 billion

Provincial Funding: $1.7 billion

Province: Ontario

City / Region: Hamilton

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2025

In September 2021, Hamilton City Council voted to reinitiate the project after it was previously cancelled by the province in 2019 due to rising costs. The LRT, as proposed, would bring 14 kilometres of rapid transit to Ontario’s fifth-largest city. Funding was originally set aside for the project back in 2015 by the Government of Ontario, but after projected costs rose too high, the LRT was cancelled. Then in February of 2021, the province recommitted to the project, with the federal government agreeing to contribute $1.7 billion. Once complete, the new LRT line will connect McMaster University in the west to Eastgate in the East, with 17 stops planned on the route. In November 2021 it was announced that demolition of several Metrolinx-owned properties on the Hamilton light rail transit (LRT) corridor will begin in the coming months. In the coming years, these properties will be required for station stops, infrastructure, and widening to accommodate the future LRT right of way. In the short term, demolition sites will be restored, secured with fencing and monitored by security contractors.

Project Owner: Metrolinx

Project/Construction Manager: Infrastructure Ontario (Procurement Agent)

Road or Transit Length (km): 14

2022 Rank: 24

2020 Rank: 52

2019 Rank: 56

2018 Rank: 55

2017 Rank: 49

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