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Mississauga LRT to proceed – $1.6B- Waterloo LRT a bellweather long before it even begins..

By shost at 2:43 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The bellweather  new-build LRT project for Canada – Waterloo’s ION –  has already paved the way for Mississauga/Brampton LRT approval – but  double the cost of Waterloo at $1.6 billion and fully funded by Ontario (as opposed to 33/33/33 split).

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/ontario-to-foot-full-16-billion-bill-for-light-rail-line/article24042267/

Curious – would the funding formula change for ION phase two as a result? (I personally think there is no money for this yet – that will come in a few years time after ION is fully implemented)

And what about Hamilton? Hamilton is probably the largest city in Canada without an existing rapid Transit solution or funding for construction of one – for now. Lots of plans.. but still nothing.

Why is this relevant? Why not – you can ride GO from Kitchener or Guelph,  get off GO at Brampton, connect to LRT to go to Square One, right? Or you could ride the LRT to the Lakeshore line and connect to Hamilton using your GO day pass. A long route but it would be possible… and shorter than going via Union Station. The potential integrations are interesting if all these systems come to pass.. the only dot missing in the grand scheme of things is GO to Cambridge or all day service to downtown Hamilton. On  the subject of all day service..

- Steve

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