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Video and draft design of Hamilton's east-west rapid transit
now on-line



The City of Hamilton’s rapid transit office has now posted a video showing how light-rail transit vehicles would look when operating through downtown Hamilton. You can also view presentation boards showing the draft design of the route and station locations.

The City has also scheduled two more open houses — on Friday, January 28 and Wednesday, February 2 for its current series of open houses on the project.

Hamilton’s east-west rapid transit line is one of fifteen priority projects that Metrolinx identified in “The Big Move”, its regional transportation plan. However, like most of those priority projects the provincial government has not yet announced whether it would fund building the line.

A recent City of Hamilton staff report indicated that the line would cost about $800 million to build, with the City’s share about $130 million. Operating the line would cost $12 to $15 million annually — but that amount is less than the cost of operating enough buses along the same corridor to carry the same number of passengers as the LRT.


Video

The video shows the trip of a westbound light-rail transit vehicle operating along King Streets East and West between Walnut and Bay Streets. Several eastbound LRT cars pass the train, as do two Hamilton Street Railway buses.


Draft design

You can see the City staff presentation on the draft design for the east-west B-Line, including proposals for the route and stations, the route’s impact on traffic and how the City intends to change the bus-route network after the light rail line is operating here.

You can see details of the design here. (.pdf)


Route
  • LRT vehicles would operate along Main Street West, then an LRT-only bridge, then King Streets West and East, Main Street East and Queenston Road between McMaster University and Eastgate Square.
  • On King Streets East and West and Main Street East, the light-rail cars would operate in LRT-only lanes along the south side of the street, except for one small part of King Street East.
  • On Main Street West west of Paradise Road South and on Queenston Road, the cars would operate along LRT-only lanes in the middle of the street.
  • On the short section of Main Street West between Paradise Road and Highway 403, the cars would operate in LRT-only lanes along the north side of the roadway, before entering a private right of way to cross Highway 403.
  • On the narrow section of King Street East through the International Village — between Wellington and Walnut Streets, the cars would operate in mixed traffic.
  • The City plans to close King Street East to all traffic, except the LRT on the one-block section between Walnut and Mary Streets.
  • The LRT cars would cross over Highway 403, carrying them from the north side of Main Street West to the south side of King Street West.

Stations
  • McMaster - centre-road station on the east side of the intersection with University Avenue / Emerson Avenue. (Although the City and University may want to relocate the station elsewhere — perhaps on campus).
  • Longwood - centre-road station on the east side of the intersection with Longwood Road South.
  • Dundurn - south-roadside station on the west side of the intersection with Dundurn Street. (South road-side stations feature platforms for eastbound passengers on the sidewalk and platforms for westbound platforms between the LRT tracks and the traffic lanes of the street.)
  • Queen - south-roadside station on the east side of the intersection with Queen Street.
  • MacNab - south-roadside station on the east side of the intersection with MacNab Street - passengers can transfer to and from buses operating through the new MacNab Terminal at this stop.
  • Walnut - centre-road station on the west side of the intersection with Walnut Street. (King Street East closed to all traffic except the LRT between Walnut and Mary Streets.
  • First Place - south-roadside station through the intersection with West Avenue and extending westward. West Avenue would be closed to through traffic to accommodate the station. (Some of the documents refer to this station as Wellington. West Avenue is one block east of Wellington Street). The station
  • Wentworth - south-roadside station. Westbound platform on the west side of the intersection with Wentworth Street. Eastbound platform on the east side of the intersection.
  • Sherman - south-roadside station on the east side of the intersection with Sherman Avenue.
  • Scott Park - south-roadside station between Balsalm and Lenister Avenues. (This station would serve Ivor Wynne Stadium, if the City decides to renovate it instead of building a new stadium elsewhere.)
  • Delta - south roadside station on the west side of “The Delta” — the intersection of King and Main Streets East.
  • Ottawa - south-roadside station on the west side of the intersection with Ottawa Street.
  • Kenilworth - south-roadside station on the west side of the intersection with Kenilworth Avenue.
  • Queenston Circle - centre-road station east of the Queenston Traffic Circle and west of Cochrane Road.
  • Parkdale - centre-road station. Westbound platform on the west side of the intersection with Parkdale Avenue. Eastbound platform on the east side of the intersection.
  • Nash - centre-road station. Westbound platform on the west side of the intersection with Nash Road. Eastbound platform on the east side of the intersection.
  • Eastgate - centre road station between Kenora Avenue and Centennial Parkway, although the City and Eastgate Mall management may want to move the station to elsewhere on the mall property.

Impact on traffic

The LRT’s impact on traffic flow may be the most controversial part of the plan — except for the cost — but the City proposes to substantially change traffic flow in just two places along the route cha

Although the LRT takes away two lanes of traffic from the streets it operates along, for the most part, those streets are wide one-way or two-way streets with lots for room for cars and transit vehicles.

Most streets that are one-way remain one-way in the plan. Most streets that are two-way remain two-way in the plan. But the two exceptions — where the LRT dominates the street or requires the City to reorganize traffic flow in a major way — may end up sinking the plan.

  • Main Street West remains as it is — two-way west of Paradise Road South and one-way eastbound east of Paradise South. The LRT operates in the centre of the roadway west of Paradise and on the north edge of the roadway along the short stretch of Main West between Paradise and Highway 403.
  • King Street West remains as it is — two-way west of Paradise Road and one-way westbound east of Paradise. The LRT operates on the south edge of the roadway along King West east of Highway 403. (The LRT does not affect King Street West west of the 403.)
  • King Street East remains as it is — one-way westbound — west of Catharine Street and east of Wellington Street. The LRT operates along the south edge of the street.
  • King Street East operates as a two-way street, with the LRT operating in mixed traffic between Walnut and Wellington Streets.
  • King Street East is closed to all traffic except the LRT between Walnut and Mary Streets.
  • King Street East operates as a one-way eastbound street with the LRT operating in mixed traffic between Mary and Catharine Streets.
  • Main Street East operates as a one-way westbound street — instead of two-way — between the Delta and the Queenston Traffic Circle. The LRT operates along the south edge of the street.
  • Queenston Road remains as it is — two-way along its entire length. Depending on the final design of the Eastgate Station, the City may widen the roadway west of Centennial Parkway.
  • King Street East remains as it is east of the Delta — two-way. (The LRT won’t affect this part of King East.)
  • Main Street East remains as it is east of the Queenston Traffic Circle / Strathearne Avenue. (The LRT won’t affect this part of Main East.)

The planners expect to divert westbound traffic that currently proceeds along King Street East to between Wellington and Catharine Streets to King William Street or Cannon Street East between Victoria Avenue and James Street or Hunter Street East between Wellington and John Streets.

They expect to divert eastbound traffic that currently proceeds along Main Street East between the Queenston Traffic Circle and the Delta to divert to King Street East between Parkdale Avenue South and the Delta or Britannia Avenue / Cannon Street East between Strathearne Avenue and Gage Avenue North.


Bus routes

The City expects that light-rail transit vehicles would drop off and pick up passengers every 2 to 3 minutes at each stop along the line.

The HSR would continue to operate buses along most routes as it does now, except:

1 King

The HSR would extend the route from Ancaster to Stoney Creek. At the western and eastern ends of the route, buses would operate at the same frequency of service as buses do now. In the middle of the route, where the buses would share some streets with the LRT, buses would operate much less frequently than they do now.

Eastbound buses would start their trips at the Meadowlands terminal or the West Hamilton Loop, then follow the current 5 Delaware route to Main Street East and Wellington Street South.

The buses would then proceed:

eastward along Main Street East to the Delta;
eastward along King Street East; and then
northward along Centennial Parkway South to Eastgate Terminal.

From Eastgate Terminal, the buses would then operate along one of two branches. One branch would replace the 55A Stoney Creek central route to Bell Manor and Levi Loops. Another branch would replace the 55 Stoney Creek central route to Fruitland. Passengers would not have to transfer between buses at Eastgate Terminal at any time of the week.

Westbound buses would reverse the routing to King Street East and Victoria Avenue. Since the LRT would close King between Walnut and Mary Street, the buses would proceed:

northward along Victoria Avenue North;
westward along King William Street;
southward along Catharine Street North; and then
westward along King Street East to John Street.

The buses then follow the current 5C West Hamilton route to the West Hamilton or Meadowlands Loops.

Buses would operate along the route

  • every 30 minutes between Eastgate and Levi Loop and between Eastgate and Fruitland.
  • every 15 minutes between Eastgate and West Hamilton Loop.
  • every 30 minutes between West Hamilton and Meadowlands Loops.

(Buses operating along the 1 King route currently operate every seven minutes between downtown Hamilton and Eastgate Terminal and every 14 minutes between McMaster University and downtown Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.)

4 Bayfront

Inbound buses operate along their current route to Nash Road South and Queenston Road, then proceed:

eastward along Queenston;
into Eastgate Terminal;
northward along Centennial Parkway North; and then
eastward along Barton Street East to Nash Road North,
resuming their current route eastward along Barton East.

Outbound reverse this routing.

Buses would no longer operate along Nash Road North.

Buses would operate along the route:

  • every 15 minutes.

(Buses operating along the 4 Bayfront route currently operate every fifteen minutes during rush hours.)

3A Cannon

Some buses would continue to operate along the current route between the Hamilton GO Centre and Roxborough Park.

The HSR would also introduce a new branch, adding extra service to the south end of the 11 Parkdale Route.

Inbound buses on the 3A branch would start their trips at Valley Park Community Centre on Paramount Drive, south of Mud Street, then proceed:

north-, west- and southbound on Paramount;
westward along Mud Street;
northward along the Red Hill Valley Parkway;
eastward along Greenhill Avenue;
northward along Mount Albion Road and the Red Hill Valley Parkway;
westward along King Street East; and then
northward** along Parkdale Avenues South and North to Roxborough Avenue,
proceeding along the main 3 Cannon route westward along Roxborough.

**Outbound buses operate along the main route to Roxborough Avenue and Parkdale Avenue North, then proceed:

southward along Parkdale Avenues North and South;
eastward along King Street East;
southward along the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Mount Albion Road;
eastward along Mud Street;
southward along Winterberry Drive; and then
eastward along Paramount Drive to Valley Park.

Buses would operate along the route:

  • Every 15 minutes west of Parkdale Avenue North and Roxborough Avenue;
  • Every 30 minutes east and south of Parkdale North and Roxborough.

The HSR currently operates buses along the 3 Cannon route every 30 minutes.

5 Delaware
5B Main West
5C West Hamilton
52 Dundas

Eastbound buses would start their trips at Head and Wellington Streets, Governor’s Road and Pirie Drive or the University Plaza Loop, then follow the current 5 Delaware loop to McMaster University. At McMaster, some buses would enter the campus and proceed along Sterling Street, King Street West and Longwood Road South to Longwood and Main Street West, while others would operate directly along Main West to Longwood South.

Beyond Longwood Road, all buses continue to follow the regular 5 Delaware route to Rosedale, Greenhill and Stoney Creek. Buses serving the Stoney Creek branch would operate further east than their current terminal at Jones Avenue, and instead, continue to the junction of King Street East Stoney Creek with City Highway 8 / Queenston Road.

Westbound buses would operate as the do now, with some buses operating to McMaster along King Street West, Sterling Street and University Avenue, while other operate directly along Main Street West.

Beyond McMaster, all buses would head to Dundas, with some ending their trips at University Plaza and others heading to Governors Road and Pirie Drive or Wellington and Head Streets.

Buses operating along the revised 1 King route would serve the current 5C West Hamilton branch beyond the university.

Buses would operate along the route:

  • every 30 minutes along King Street and Governors Road in Dundas;
  • every 7½ minutes along Osler Drive and Main Street West between the University Plaza Terminal and McMaster University;
  • every 15 minutes along either University Avenue / Sterling Street / King Street West or Main Street West between the University and Longwood Road;
  • every 7½ minutes along Main or King Streets East and West between Longwood Road and John Street;
  • every 10 minutes along Stinson Street, Delaware Avenue, Maplewood Avenue, Gage Avenue South, Lawrence Road and Justine Avenue;
  • every 30 minutes along King and Main Streets East between John Street and Justine Avenue;
  • every 7½ minutes along King Street East between Justine and Rosedale Avenues;
  • every 15 minutes along King Street East between Rosedale and Greenhill Avenues and through the Rosedale neighbourhood;
  • every 30 minutes along Greenhill Avenue and Quigley Road; and
  • every 30 minutes along King Street East between Greenhill Avenue and Stoney Creek.
10 B-Line express

The LRT would replace all service along this route.

51 University

The buses would operate along the same route as currently, but they would operate more frequently — every 10 to 15 minutes.

55 Stoney Creek central

Buses operating along the 1 King route would replace all service along both branches of this route.

58 Stoney Creek local

Buses would operate along the same route as currently, but the HSR would no longer interlne the buses with buses operating along the 10 B-Line express route.


More open houses

The City has scheduled two more open houses where you can review the design and ask questions of City staff.

  • McMaster — Friday, January 28, Atrium, McMaster University Student Centre, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Getting there by transit:

  • 1A King, 5A Delaware - Rosedale, 5C West Hamilton, 51 **University buses to Sterling Street west of University Avenue.
  • Downtown Central — Wednesday, February 2, The Right House, 35 King Street East (at Hughson Street North) from 4 until 6 p.m.

Getting there by transit:

All HSR buses traveling through downtown Hamilton stop within a block of the site.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown


Transit agencies often interline buses operating along two or more routes with a common terminal to save resources — meaning the number of drivers and vehicles to provide service along both routes.

Currently, the HSR interlines buses operating along the 58 Stoney Creek local route with buses operating along the 10 B-Line express route. For example, when some northbound buses operating along the 58 Stoney Creek local route arrive at Eastgate Terminal, they continue eastward along the 10 B-Line express route.