LRT Fact Sheets & Renderings

LRT Facts

What is Light Rail Transit (LRT)?

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a transportation system based on electrically powered trains usually in a segregated right-of-way. They are designed to deliver reliable, comfortable and convenient transportation services.

Who is paying for LRT?

  • As part of Metrolinx’s “Moving Ontario Forward Plan,” the Ontario government is investing up to $1 billion covering 100% of the capital cost.
  • It’s part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history.

How will it run?

  • LRT on the B-line will operate in the centre of the road for most of the route and will be segregated from other traffic with a curbed barrier.  This helps ensure a rapid, reliable and safe LRT system.
  • There will be trains running on two tracks; one running in each direction in the centre of the road.  
  • The LRT will be given priority over other traffic at signalized intersections wherever possible.

When will it be built?

  • The construction consortium will be in place with some early work beginning mid-2018.
  • Major construction of the LRT is scheduled for 2019 to 2024.
  • The B-line will be 11 km in length with 14 stops. 

What are the benefits of LRT?

  • LRT will provide Hamilton with fast, reliable, convenient and integrated transit, including connections to the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) through GO Transit. The project will enhance connections to the Hamilton GO Centre and West Harbour GO Station.
  • Hamilton’s LRT will stimulate economic growth and contribute to the ongoing revitalization in Hamilton. 
  • The trains are clean and green with no emissions from the vehicle. By increasing transit ridership, LRT can reduce the number of vehicles on the road as well.
  • The investment in Hamilton’s LRT will provide a catalyst for the development of high quality, safe, sustainable and affordable transportation options for citizens. LRT will be integrated with the local Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) network, pedestrian connections along with cycling routes and the SoBi bike share system.  

How often will it run?

  • The trains will run approximately every five minutes during peak hours. This will be dependent upon ridership and the headway of the LRT vehicles.
  • A transportation model, currently being developed by the LRT team and their consultant, will be able to determine a better estimate once the study is complete.

How will LRT run in the snow?

  • LRT’s proven technology is used around the world. Extremely cold places like Edmonton, Minneapolis and Stockholm run LRT.
  • The guideway for the trains is maintained to permit safe and reliable operation in adverse weather conditions.

LRT Renderings

McMaster University to Highway 403

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Rendering: McMaster University Stop
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McMaster University Interchange Terminal

  • HSR, GO Transit & LRT connections

LRT only bridge

  • The bridge will be constructed over Highway 403 between Macklin Street and Dundurn Street. The LRT will transition from Main Street West across HWY 403 and onto King Street West. This avoids complications with the highway ramps.

Traffic lanes

  • Main Street will have two lanes of traffic in each direction between McMaster University and Dundurn Street plus LRT in the centre.

Highway 403 to Downtown

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Rendering: James St. Stop
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Rendering:  International Village
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Traffic lanes

  • King Street will have one lane of traffic in each direction plus the LRT line. There will be loading, stopping and parking impacts.
  • Further studies will look at options for rear alley and side street access.

International Village

  • The area on King Street between John Street and Wellington Street, known as International Village, will have some traffic restrictions due to the narrow road width.
  • Travelling eastbound, there will be one lane of traffic and side-running LRT on the north side of the street.
  • Travelling westbound, traffic will divert around the area (north at Victoria Avenue and south at Wellington Street).

Wellington Street to Queenston Traffic Circle

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Rendering: Scott Park Stop
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Traffic lanes

  • One lane of traffic in each direction plus the LRT line in the centre of the road.

Stadium district

  • Connect to Tim Hortons Field, a future high school and the Bernie Morelli Centre.

Ottawa Street

  • Connect to Ottawa Street business area. 

Queenston Traffic Circle Interchange Terminal

  • HSR and LRT connections. New transfer hub for east Hamilton and Stoney Creek.