The intersection of Main Street and James Street in downtown Hamilton, looking east.
|System||Hamilton BLAST network|
|Operator(s)||Hamilton Street Railway|
|Line length||13.4 kilometres (8.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The B-Line is a planned light rail transit (LRT) line running along Main Street and King Street in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. It is part of Hamilton's proposed BLAST network, involving four other rapid transit corridors. It is also a top 15 priority project in The Big Move, Metrolinx's regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The B-Line is still in a planning phase. A benefits case analysis was conducted, showing a net benefit for implementing LRT, and that it would be adequate dealing with long-term travel demand growth. An environmental project report was completed in October 2011. A $3 million planning, design and engineering study is currently underway, and being fully funded by Metrolinx.
The line will run between McMaster University and Eastgate Square, with a complete journey taking 31 minutes. The line will be 13.4 kilometres (8.3 mi) long, and have 17 stops in total. Twenty (20) LRT vehicles will be utilized, running at a frequency of four to ten minutes. It has been stated that the line will resemble LRTs in the TriMet system in Portland, Oregon, and Metro Transit system in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These systems use LRT vehicles supplied by Siemens and Bombardier.
In February 2014, Brian McHattie, a city councilor and mayoralty candidate, sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne to affirm support for the B-Line on behalf of the City. This triggered criticism from current mayor Bob Bratina and other councillors who have reservations about the LRT plan.
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