Hamilton’s B-Line is identified as a “Top 15 Priority Project” in the Metrolinx Transportation Plan known as “The Big Move”.
Metrolinx (Provincial Agency) completed a Benefits Case Analysis (BCA) which demonstrated full LRT along the B-Line as preferred option that would generate net benefits for Hamilton while accommodating long-term travel demand growth in the corridor.
A $3 million Planning, Design and Engineering (PDE) study was initiated in March 2010 and completed in the fall of 2011. Fully funded by Metrolinx, the study produced the preliminary design (30%) for the B-Line and a feasibility study for the A-Line (Waterfront to Airport).
The B-line is 14km long with 18 stops planned from end to end
LRT vehicles will run up to every 4 minutes in busy periods, less frequently at other times, with intervals of no more than 10 minutes in quiet periods such as early mornings and late evenings.
Services will run from about 5:30am through to 1:30am but will finish earlier on Sundays.
The B-Line will need a fleet of about 20 LRT vehicles with 17 operating in peak times.
Fare levels have not yet been determined but it is expected that B-Line LRT fares will be the same as or similar to existing transit fares.
McMaster to Downtown journey time will be about 11 minutes.
Downtown to Eastgate Square journey time will be about 20 minutes.
McMaster through to Eastgate Square will take about 31 minutes.
In addition, an Environmental Project Report was completed for B-Line LRT at which time the Ontario Ministry of the Environment advised the City of Hamilton (Dec 22 2011) to proceed to issue a Statement of Completion.
Metrolinx has asked the City of Hamilton to complete the 2012 Work Plan including a location for the Maintenance Storage Facility; B-Line Phasing Strategy; Electromagnetic Field and Vibration Study; and a financial project analysis complete with costs, benefits and financing strategy
The completed work will move Hamilton a step closer to a “maximum state of implementation readiness” for LRT on the B-Line.
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