The Canadian government has announced a multibillion dollar investment into transit projects within the greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to a contribution of $12 billion in total towards transit in the region, with $1.7 billion of that money allocated to assisting with Hamilton’s rapid transit project.
The revival of the original Hamilton LRT project is a great victory for Hamiltonians & local leaders who fought for the LRT.
I’m watching the details closely, but one thing is certain: It’s time to get shovels in the ground & make folks’ commutes better. https://t.co/zGLnlYkJYG
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) May 11, 2021
Further details of the project are still to come for the project, including whether or not it will ultimately be the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line that has been the subject of public division and, famously, an unceremonious cancellation by the Ford government in 2019.
There’s also the possibility that the project could instead be realized as a bus rapid transit project, which some advocate for as a replacement to LRT.
However, no matter the form, Trudeau has said Hamilton’s rapid transit line would run from McMaster University into downtown, and end at Eastgate Centennial Park in Stoney Creek.
A more formalized announcement with greater details on the project is expected for this Thursday.
What do you think of a possible return for Hamilton’s LRT project? Let us know in the comments!
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