B-Line (Hamilton)

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BLAST B.png Hamilton B-Line
The intersection of Main Street and James Street in downtown Hamilton, looking east.
Type Light rail
System Hamilton BLAST network
Status Planned
Locale Hamilton, Ontario
Termini McMaster University
Queenston Circle
Website Hamilton Rapid Transit
Operator(s) Hamilton Street Railway
Line length 13.4 kilometres (8.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
McMaster University GO bus symbol.svg
Lakeshore West line to Toronto
Highway 403
Maintenance facility
Hamilton GO GO Transit logo.svg Lakeshore West logo.png GO bus symbol.svg MacNab Transit Terminal
James MacNab Transit Terminal
Scott Park
Southern Ontario Railway
Gage Park
Queenston Circle

The B-Line is a main bus route in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[1] It runs along Main Street and King Street in downtown Hamilton.[2][3] It is also one of five planned light rail transit (LRT) lines which form Hamilton's proposed BLAST network. It is a top 15 priority project in The Big Move, Metrolinx's regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.[2]

The B-Line LRT is in the 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.[3] An environmental project report was completed in October 2011.[4]

The line had been envisioned to run between McMaster University and Eastgate Square, with a complete journey taking 31 minutes. The line would be 13.4 kilometres (8.3 mi) long, and have 17 stops in total.[3] On May 26, 2015, the Government of Ontario announced a shorter route between McMaster University and Queenston Circle, but also including a segment of the A-Line to provide a direct connection to West Harbour GO Station, as well as a pedestrian corridor to the Hamilton GO Centre. The capital costs for the project will be $1 billion, funded entirely by the province. For the West Harbour GO Station, construction is expected to begin in 2017, with the station completed in 2019. For the B-Line LRT, procurement is expected to begin in 2017, and line construction is expected to begin in 2019.[5][6]

In February 2014, Brian McHattie, a city councillor 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.[7]


  1. ^ "B-Line bus schedule" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b "Routes and Corridor Maps". City of Hamilton. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "B-Line Facts". City of Hamilton. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ SNC Lavalin, Steer Davies Gleave (October 2011). "Hamilton Rapid Transit Preliminary Design and Feasibility Study: B-Line" (PDF). City of Hamilton. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Ontario Investing Up to $1 Billion for Light Rail Transit in Hamilton
  6. ^ Hamilton to get a new LRT and GO Train station
  7. ^ Samantha Craggs (2014-02-27). "Why Brian McHattie's LRT letter to Wynne upsets the mayor". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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