Priority Projects

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, 4 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.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about the LRT project details

News and announcements

In May 2021, a joint funding announcement was made by the provincial and federal governments committing $3.4B to the capital cost of the project, making the Hamilton LRT one of the largest infrastructure investments in the City’s history.

On September 15 2021, Hamilton City Council ratified a memorandum of understanding with Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to move forward with the 14-kilometre Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.


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