Happier Hamilton Commuters!

Huge news for today for Hamilton commuters! Today, as part of the Moving Ontario Forward Plan,  the Provincial government announced that they will allocate up to $1 billion to building a new light rail transit (LRT) in Hamilton with construction beginning in 2019. Premier Kathleen Wynne said,

“Our investment in the Hamilton LRT will help support the exciting revitalization underway in Hamilton. We are making record investments across Ontario in infrastructure projects like this to strengthen our economy and quality of life — and lay the groundwork for future prosperity.”

This project is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s transportation history! Through the entire plan, the government hopes to invest approximately $31.5 billion over the next ten years to public transit, primarily connecting GO Transit to other transit systems throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This will raise the number of weekly trips across the GO rail network from 1500 to 6000!

For Hamiltonians this means shorter commute times to connect people to jobs in nearby cities. Ultimately this initiative will help grow the city’s economy, providing 20 000 jobs per year over the next ten years. The new LRT will offer service from here at McMaster University through downtown Hamilton to Queenston Circle. This will directly connect to the new West Harbour GO Station currently under construction which will open in time for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.