BLAST network

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BLAST network
Owner Metrolinx
Locale Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Transit type Light rail
Number of lines 5
Website Hamilton Rapid Transit
Operator(s) Hamilton Street Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
System map

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The BLAST network is a plan for a high-capacity transit system in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada consisting of two bus rapid transit lines and three light rail lines. It was conceived as part of the city's 2007 transportation master plan. It was later incorporated by Metrolinx as part of its regional transportation plan, The Big Move.[1] The two light rail lines, B-Line and A-Line, are among the plan's prioritized transit expansion projects and was confirmed funding in May 2015 by the Government of Ontario. [2]


Line Corridor/Main Route Termini Big Move Priority[3]
BLAST B.svg Main Street and King Street McMaster University Eastgate Square Top, within 15 years
BLAST L.svg Highway 6 and York Boulevard Downtown Waterdown beyond 25 years
BLAST A.svg James Street and Upper James Street West Harbour GO John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport within 15 years
BLAST S.svg Centennial Parkway and Rymal Road Eastgate Square Ancaster Business Park beyond 25 years
BLAST T.svg Kenilworth Avenue, Upper Ottawa Street, and Mohawk Road Centre Mall Linc/Mohawk Road interchange within 25 years

Rolling stock[edit]

The B-line and A-Line are expected to use Flexity Freedom light rail cars built by Bombardier Transportation. The same cars are expected to be used on the Eglinton Crosstown line in Toronto and the Ion rapid transit in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.


  1. ^ "Routes and Corridor Maps". City of Hamilton. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Kevlahan, Nicholas. "Hamilton Gets YES for an Answer". Raise the Hammer. 
  3. ^ "The Big Move" (PDF). Metrolinx. 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

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