Comment 83338

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted November 30, 2012 at 13:51:07

So, in brief, nothing new, except yet more stakeholder consultations about a project whose scope, funding and timeline remain extremely vague.

Strangely, Edwards comments suggest that the alignment of Hamilton's line has not been decided even though the City and Province have spent millions of dollars on a 30% engineering design and related land use study which assumes the alignment is now fixed. Does Edwards not know this, or is Metrolinx planning to revisit the alignment the City and consultants have already spent so much time and money on? The only remaining question is phasing: is the whole line built at once, or in separate sections (or not at all)?

Edwards tells us to expect a 20 year time frame from the date construction starts (probably in 2014 or 2015, if we're lucky). This would put completion sometime around 2035, 28 years after the original MoveOntario 2020 plan which, as its name suggests, was supposed to be completed 15 years earlier, in 2020.

By point of comparison, Grenoble (with an urban area population significantly smaller than Hamilton) has completed four LRT lines on 35km of track with 74 stations since 1987 (new lines opened in 1987, 1990, 2006, 2007) and is currently extending two of the lines. A fifth 11.5 km line will be completed by 2014. Construction of each line has taken only about two years from the first shovel in the ground to an operating service.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2012-11-30 13:53:15

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