We'll publish a line-by-line critique of the Rapid Transit Feasibility Study very shortly. In the meantime, here's just one example demonstrating the study's lack of depth in research.
It claims that LRT vehicles require 4.8 m of vertical clearance, so the TH&B bridge over James St. and the pedestrian walkway over King St. at Summers Lane would have to be rebuilt at considerable cost.
However, a quick google search tells me that the Alstom Citadis, Siemens Avanto and Bombardier Flexity are all around 3.6 m (11.8 ft) in height from the top of the rail.
Granted, the overhead wire system would get in the way, but there's no reason Hamilton's LRT couldn't use a safe third rail for power (as in Bordeaux) and/or run on battery power for part of the route.
Also, a two-way LRT on Main (as opposed to one way on Main and one way on King) would eliminate the pedestrian bridge problem completely.
Even more astounding is the suggestion that the only way to run LRT up the Mountain is a 1.5 km tunnel through the escarpment, which would add hundreds of millions of dollars to the total cost.
That's absolutely ridiculous.
The only reason the study tries to ram the LRT up James Mountain Rd. to West 5th is that this was the route picked when the city only had BRT in mind.
A much more sensible solution would be to go up the under-utilized Claremont Access, which has a gentle grade and several lanes to spare.
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