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Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Project Updates


More Transit for Hamilton: 16km A-line Bus Rapid Transit to replace 2km LRT spur

Ontario, through Metrolinx, is moving forward with planning and analysis for a proposed 16km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that would connect with the future Hamilton LRT, making it easier for families to travel around the Hamilton area.


The 16km BRT route will replace the previously proposed LRT spur on James Street North.


Read the February 2 news release and view proposed BRT route .




Request for Qualifications Issued for Hamilton B-Line Light Rail Transit

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on February 2, 2017. This invites interested parties to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The RFQ is the first step in the procurement process and a significant milestone. It will allow Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx to begin prequalifying interested parties.


Read the February 2 news release.


What We’re Doing

Together with the City of Hamilton, Metrolinx is building Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT): a new 11-kilometre LRT line that will run through downtown Hamilton along Main and King Streets.

Hamilton LRT will connect McMaster in the west to Queenston Circle in the east, and protect for future growth through segregated LRT lines.

The LRT will also connect to the existing Hamilton Centre GO Station through a high-order pedestrian connection.

A signature project under the Moving Ontario Forward plan, Hamilton LRT is funded with a $1 billion commitment from the Province of Ontario, announced by the Premier on May 26, 2015.


Why We’re Doing It

With 14 stops and connections with local HSR service, the Lakeshore West GO Transit line and multiple GO Bus routes, Hamilton LRT will drive economic growth and improve connectivity across local communities.



Hamilton LRT is expected to be in service in 2024. Major construction will begin in 2019.


Quick Facts

Project Budget: $1 billion
Location: Hamilton
Timing: Completion set for 2024
Funding Source: Province of Ontario
Stops: 14
Kilometers: 11-kilometres of track

The City of Hamilton and Metrolinx have been collaborating for the last several months to further develop and refine the alignment of the LRT route. The modifications to the announced project scope require amendments to the environmental assessment (EA) that was completed in 2011. This work was completed ahead of several public information centres (PICs) held throughout September 2016 and January 2017 as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP).

Boards and materials from the January meetings are available here:

The proposed amendments to the EA are expected to be complete by spring 2017.

Information can also be found at MetrolinxEngage.com or Hamilton.ca/LRT.