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

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Project Status
As part of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, three pre-qualified teams are currently preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Bid submissions are expected in Spring 2020and a preferred proponent will be selected with contract award occurring later in 2020. The sequencing and timing of construction will be determined by the proponents through the RFP process.

Read the latest project update to Council

Hamilton LRT progress timeline

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