Hamilton Transportation

HSR Bus at McMasterThe City of Hamilton has been planning for growth in our community for decades. Hamilton’s population is expected to increase to 780,000 by 2041. A robust transit system, including both traditional and rapid transit, has consistently been an important part of the City’s growth planning strategy.

The City of Hamilton has a long-range vision for a rapid transit network referred to as the B-L-A-S-T network. The network will connect the east and west ends of the city, link downtown Hamilton to the Waterdown Commercial district, connect the waterfront to Hamilton Airport and also link the Ancaster Meadowlands to the Centre On Barton (Centre Mall).

The City of Hamilton is also implementing a 10-year transit strategy with a focus on service reliability and standards for our local transit network. Local transit service will be enhanced to meet service standards, feed the light rail transit (LRT) line (slated for operation in 2024) and keep up with projected population growth (by 2041 the population of Hamilton is expected to grow by about 30% to 780,000 people). The timing of the strategy has recently been modified slightly to take advantage of the acquisition of buses though the federal government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). Over the past two years, Hamilton has added 25 buses to its fleet.

With respect to LRT, the City is moving forward in partnership with Metrolinx on this project that will provide fast, reliable, accessible, convenient transit service between McMaster University and Eastgate Square. With 17 stops and connections with local HSR service and GO Transit service, Hamilton LRT will continue to drive economic growth, help grow the tax base and bring with it many new jobs. It’s an investment in improved quality of life as we move Hamilton forward.

Hamilton LRT Route Map

Hamilton Port Authority

Hamilton's port is the largest in Ontario - moving more cargo than all other southern Ontario ports combined.  In recent years, the port has diversified its commodity mix, driven by the expansion of the agri-food sector, and attracting more than $300 million in private sector investment. Hamilton is now southern Ontario's largest export gateway for grain, and the largest import gateway for crop inputs.

The Port of Hamilton is self-funded, and is home to 130 tenant companies and 2,100 employees. It is one of the city's largest employers, and one of its top business taxpayers. The number of jobs on port property has increased by 30% in the last decade, concentrated in well-paying fields, with wages 20% higher than the Ontario average.

To keep pace with the demands of a growing GTHA region, the Port of Hamilton must continue to grow. The Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) is working on strategies to increase its footprint and to make more efficient use of existing space, to achieve higher employment densities and attract higher value uses, such as the new $50 million flour mill that opened in 2017.

Companies are attracted to the port lands for its unique multi-modal capacity, with marine, two railways, direct highway access, and proximity to the US border. Demand is strong among businesses looking for the port's specialized transportation-intensive offering.

Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) and Hamilton's Economic Development office work closely together to market the city, especially in key sectors such as agri-food and advanced manufacturing. HPA and the City also work in partnership on planning and development initiatives such as the Bayfront Industrial Strategy, to ensure an aligned and harmonious vision for the future of Hamilton's employment oriented central-east waterfront.  HPA is a responsible steward of Hamilton Harbour and the port lands, and is committed to being an economic driver, a good neighbour and an engaged community partner.

Hamilton International Airport

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport serves as a low-cost gateway for passenger travel to and from the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area while being based in Canada’s largest catchment area with approximately 20% of the Canadian population. The Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in Canada. During the first half of 2017, Hamilton International saw the significant passenger traffic growth of 127%.

The City of Hamilton is continuing to grow by an estimated 5.3% over the next five years, with the largest increase amongst those ages 25 to 44. The airport is primed to serve the travel needs of this demographic thanks to a robust offering of airlines suiting the needs of business, leisure and low-cost travel.

Hamilton International is also home to Canada’s largest express cargo airport and hub for e-commerce at the economic centre of Canada.  The airport’s innovative Cargo Centre common use facility caters to both cargo carriers or passenger carriers with cargo freight. The airport’s strategic location and uncongested 24/7 operations with two runways, makes it an attractive option for both passengers and cargo traffic.

Hamilton International is owned by the City of Hamilton and managed under an agreement by TradePort International Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vantage Airport Group – an industry leading investor, developer and manager of airport assets. The airport’s tie to Vantage Airport Group allows Hamilton International to incorporate best-in-class practices from around the world.