“Rapid”, “reliable” and “safe” are the three objectives driving the preliminary design of Hamilton’s LRT route.
It’s a design that shows King Street as a two-way “local” street within the core and no longer an arterial road across the city, as LRT runs on two tracks down the centre of it.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger acknowledges that it’s going to mean changes in traffic patterns, but he believes people can and will adapt. He adds that it will be “all for the better” over the long run.
In the west end, LRT would run along Main Street between Cootes Drive and the 403, then cross a new bridge over the highway before following King Street into the core.
A total of 13 stops are planned along the line from Cootes to the Queenston Traffic Circle. Extensive public consultation is planned in the month’s ahead. City Councillors will discuss the preliminary design during Monday’s meeting of the LRT subcommittee.