With a huge investment in Hamilton like LRT – we know it raises a lot of questions. We’ve done our best to try and answer as many as we can here.
- The vehicles run in a dedicated right-of-way so they don't get stuck behind traffic.
- They have signal priority at intersections. That means the signal will turn green or stay green so the LRT vehicle can proceed through the intersection.
- Stations are spaced farther apart than bus stops so there are fewer stops along the route.
- Passengers pre-pay at stations so boarding is faster through multiple entrances when the vehicle arrives.
- Vehicles will arrive frequently enough that passengers just arrive at the station and take the next vehicle instead of waiting for a schedule.
- Electric vehicles can accelerate faster and more smoothly than buses.
- As a ratepayer you will benefit from a city that is bringing in more property tax revenue from properties that are currently low-value.
- As the economy improves and diversifies, you may find more employment opportunities in the city.
- The buses that LRT replaces can be redeployed to improve service in other parts of the city.
- This is just phase 1 of the city's long-term rapid transit plan. A successful implementation gets the city a step closer to rapid transit on the north-south A-Line and other proposed rapid transit routes across the mountain and suburbs.
Still can’t find an answer to your question? Reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to help answer it!