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Governments pledge $520M in transit improvements for Hamilton

Governments pledge $520M in transit improvements for Hamilton

HAMILTON — The federal government, the Government of Ontario and the Municipality of Hamilton have announced $520 million in joint funding for Hamilton transit projects.

The projects funded include the construction of a new 60,000-square-metre public transit maintenance and storage facility that will include a 30-bus maintenance area, storage for 200 conventional size buses, approximately 4,000 square metres of administration space and a four-level parking structure.

There will also be improvements to Hamilton’s bus transit network and upgrades to the city’s 16-kilometre A-Line rapid transit corridor. The upgrades will include the construction of five new queue jump lines and 17 kilometres of new sidewalks along 12 different segments of rapid transit roadway, the installation of transit signal priority measures at various intersections, and improvements to 19 transit stops along the corridor.

The projects will contribute to the City of Hamilton’s network of BLAST corridors designed to connect residents from the lower city to the mountain, the waterfront and the airport, stated a July 19 release.

“The Government of Canada is investing over $200 million in Hamilton’s public transit system, to improve the A-Line Rapid Transit Corridor, purchase new buses, construct new bike paths, and support a new storage and maintenance facility. Building on our historic investment in the Hamilton LRT, this investment will reduce commute times and help workers, students, seniors and families across Hamilton and beyond get where they need to go faster, cleaner and in affordable ways,” said federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna in a statement.

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