BLAST network

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BLAST network
BLAST B.svg BLAST L.svg BLAST A.svg BLAST S.svg BLAST T.svg
Overview
Owner Metrolinx
Locale Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Transit type Light rail, bus rapid transit
Number of lines 5
Website Hamilton Rapid Transit
Operation
Operator(s) Hamilton Street Railway
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
System map

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The BLAST network is a plan for a frequent rapid transit system in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The system consists of 5 routes, and includes two light rail lines (LRT). 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][2] The B-Line LRT and A-Line, are among the plan's prioritized transit expansion projects and were funding by the Government of Ontario in May 2015.[3]

Lines in development[edit]

The first phase of the network will include one light rail line and one bus rapid transit (BRT) route. The lines are scheduled for opening in 2024.[4]

Line Type Corridor/Main Route Termini Opening
BLAST B.svg LRT Main Street and King Street McMaster University Eastgate Square 2024
BLAST A.svg BRT James Street and Upper James Street West Harbour GO Hamilton International Airport

Proposed lines[edit]

The 2017 Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan outlines a proposed regional transportation network for service by 2041.[5] It includes four priority bus routes and an LRT to run on the north portion of the A-Line.

Line Type Corridor/Main Route Termini Opening
BLAST B.svg LRT Main Street and King Street McMaster University Eastgate Square 2024
BRT Dundas Before 2041
BLAST L.svg BRT Highway 6 and York Boulevard Downtown Hamilton Waterdown Before 2041
BLAST A.svg LRT James Street and Upper James Street West Harbour GO Upper James/Rymal Road Before 2041
BRT Hamilton International Airport 2024
BLAST S.svg BRT Centennial Parkway and Rymal Road Eastgate Square Ancaster Business Park Before 2041
BLAST T.svg BRT Kenilworth Avenue, Upper Ottawa Street, and Mohawk Road Centre Mall Meadowlands Before 2041

Rolling stock[edit]

The B-line is expected to use Flexity Freedom light rail cars built by Bombardier Transportation. The same cars are expected to be used on Line 5 Eglinton in Toronto and the Ion rapid transit in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Routes and Corridor Maps". City of Hamilton. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Big Move" (PDF). Metrolinx. 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Kevlahan, Nicholas. "Hamilton Gets YES for an Answer". Raise the Hammer. 
  4. ^ Dongen, Matthew Van (2017-02-03). "All you ever wanted to know about BRT in Hamilton". The Hamilton Spectator. ISSN 1189-9417. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  5. ^ "The Draft Regional Transportation Plan 2041" (PDF). Metrolinx. p. 66. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 

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