Now that the provincial election has been completed and the Liberals have won a majority, the question about what Hamilton could be getting in terms of rapid transit is back at the forefront.
Councillor Brian McHattie will be bringing forward a motion at Wednesday’s General Issues Committee meeting to request staff to report back on the economic benefits of using Light Rail Transit (LRT) on the proposed B-LINE rapid transit line as compared to using Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as it pertains to the previously Council-approved Rapid Ready Report.
The request comes after a recent presentation calling for the city to reconsider LRT in favour on BRT, citing reduced costs for implementing the latter.
Another motion from Councillor Terry Whitehead will ask staff to re-evaluate the cost and business case for the B-line vs A-line to determine whether the A-line should be considered a priority.
An independent operational review of the HSR by IBI Group back in March 2010 tracked the boardings of buses on all routes in the city. The 2007 boardings per year for the Upper James corridor, which is where the 20 A-LINE EXPRESS runs, had just under one million boardings per year. The B-LINE corridor, which includes routes 1 KING, 5 DELAWARE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS and 51 UNIVERSITY, had more than 10.5 million boardings per year.
The General Issues Committee meeting will be held at city hall on Wednesday morning at 9:30am.
Source: City of Hamilton