The intersection of Main Street and James Street in downtown Hamilton, looking east
|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 line in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to operate along Main and King streets in downtown Hamilton. It is one of five planned rapid transit 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. The 14 km, 17-stop route is to extend from McMaster University to Eastgate Square. It is fully funded by a $1 billion grant from the Government of Ontario and is expected to be opened in 2024.
The western terminus is to be built on Main Street in front of McMaster University. The line will continue east until it crosses a newly constructed bridge over Highway 403 which will connect it to downtown Hamilton via King Street. At the King–Main intersection, the line will continue on Main Street until Queenston Circle and then Queenston Road until Eastgate Square.
|McMaster||Island/side[a]||Connection to McMaster University Bus Terminal|
|James||Split[c]||Connection to MacNab Transit Terminal and Hamilton GO Centre|
|Eastgate||Island||Connection to Eastgate Transit Terminal|
- All stops are located along the street's median except where noted below.
- Platforms located north of the road
- Platforms located south of the road
- Westbound platform located north of the road, eastbound platform located south of the road
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. An environmental project report was completed in October 2011.
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 B-Line LRT, procurement was expected to begin in 2017, and line construction is expected to begin in 2019.
On March 28, 2017, Hamilton City Council chose to delay the crucial Environmental Assessment vote to April 19, 2017, citing they needed more time to read it for themselves. On April 19, 2017, City Council voted again to delay the Environmental Assessment, this time to April 26, 2017, claiming the plan at that stage (which was to build Phase 1 from McMaster University to Queenston Traffic Circle) was undefendable and unfit as it did not go from a destination location to a destination location.
On April 26, 2017, The Province announced with the money saved from removing the spur line from King and James to the West Harbour GO Station, they would work with the City to get the 3 km Eastgate Square Extension included in the capital funding. Later that evening City Council voted to submit the Original Environmental Assessment from October 2011 which covers the original route from McMaster University to Eastgate Square. The motion to submit the original Environmental Assessment was by Terry Whitehead, who was one of the project's harshest critics. The motion passed 10–5, with Cllr. Robert Pasuta away ill.
On August 4, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change approved the Environmental Project Report (EPR) Addendum for Hamilton's Light Rail Transit (LRT) plan.
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx are planning to deliver the Hurontario LRT project according to IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model which basically is a public–private partnership arrangement. Teams shortlisted by IO and Metrolinx allowed to bid for the design, construction, equipment, financing and operations and maintenance of the project are:
- CityLine Transit Group including equity providers ACS, Aecon, CRH and TIAA. In the CityLine Transit Group team the constructors are Dragados, Aecon and Dufferin. The designers are Parsons, HDR, Amec and RDHA. Operation and maintenance providers are ACS, Aecon, CRH and Serco.
- Ei8ht Transit including equity providers EllisDon, Fluor and Bombardier. In the Ei8ht Transit team, the constructors are Fluor, EllisDon and Bombardier. The designers are WSP/MMM, Hatch, Gh3 and Bombardier. Operation and maintenance providers are EllisDon Facilities Services and Bombardier.
- Mobilinx including equity providers Astaldi, John Laing, Hitachi-Ansaldo STS, Transdev and Amico. In the Mobilinx team, the constructors are Astaldi, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Amico and Bot. The designers are IBI, Hitachi-Ansaldo, Daoust Lestage, Morrison Hershfield, Exp Services and Arcadis. Operation and maintenance providers are Transdev, Hitachi-Ansaldo and Astaldi.
- The B-Line LRT route is currently served by the 10 B-Line Express HSR bus.
- The trip is expected to take 32 minutes from end-to-end running at a frequency of every 6 minutes during peak hours.
- The 14 km route will include 17 stops placed approximately 600–800 metres apart.
- The B-Line will use a 30-metre light rail vehicle with a capacity of about 130 passengers. Platforms being built are 60-metre to support future trains of 2 light rail vehicles in length.
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- "B-Line bus schedule" (PDF).
Route map: Google