Light Rail Transit (LRT)

transit map of the LRT route

What is Light Rail Transit (LRT)?

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a transportation system based on electrically powered light rail vehicles (LRV) that operates on a track in a segregated, right of way. Multiple LRVs, or cars, can be coupled together to form a train.  They are designed to deliver rapid, reliable and safe transportation services. 

With higher capacity than other transit systems, LRT will carry passengers in reserved transit lanes separated from regular traffic. Vehicles will be low floor with multiple entrances that are accessible to customers with all levels of mobility.

View the Hamilton LRT Panel Brochure (PDF, 1.43 MB)

How many other cities have LRT? More than 150 cities around the world have LRT. In Canada, LRT is either operational, planned or in construction in the following Canadian cities:  Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Waterloo, Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.

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News and announcements

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The three teams were selected by IO and Metrolinx through a Request for Qualifications process that took place in 2017. Teams were selected based on their experience, ability and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope.

Teams have been invited to respond to the RFP and will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Once submitted, the proposals will be evaluated and a preferred proponent will be selected. Contract award is expected in 2019 with construction starting later that year. 

Read the April 13, 2018 news release

An addendum to the Environmental Project Report (EPR) for the Hamilton B-Line Light Rail Transit Project, including a summary and all other required documents, was submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on May 29, 2017, with amendments completed on July 10, 2017. A 35-day Minister review period was completed on August 2, 2017. The LRT Office received official correspondence that the Hamilton B-Line LRT project can proceed as amended on July 10, 2017.

Hamilton LRT 2017 EPR Addendum - Proponent Letter (PDF, 637 KB)
Hamilton LRT 2017 EPR Addendum – Minister’s Notice to Allow a Change (PDF, 332 KB)

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