He told them about plans for bus rapid transit to Rymal Road, and priority buses to the suburbs of Hamilton. He told them about all-day GO train service, and the new stations in Stoney Creek and Grimsby.
But in the end, Metrolinx’s director of regional planning couldn’t tell city councillors what they really wanted to know Wednesday: what’s going on with the city’s request to run its own light rail transit (LRT) system?
Antoine Belaieff presented the agency’s 2041 draft regional transportation plan Wednesday. But he couldn’t answer the “billion-dollar question” hovering over Hamilton’s LRT.
“The LRT is such a live and dynamic file,” Belaieff told them. “It’s handled exclusively by another team.”
It wasn’t what Hamilton’s general issues committee wanted to hear.
In August, as Metrolinx was partway through finding companies to design, build, finance and maintain LRT, city council asked for its own transit agency, HSR, to run LRT instead. Neither Metrolinx nor the province has answered yet.
Until it does, said Coun. Matthew Green of Ward 3, Metrolinx can’t move forward with procurement. He argues the city can’t work on making its bus service fit the new system.