Federal and provincial governments provide $ 3.4 billion in funding to revive Hamilton LRT project – fr

Federal and provincial governments provide $ 3.4 billion in funding to revive Hamilton LRT project – fr

The provincial and federal governments have committed $ 3.4 billion in funding to revive a Hamilton light rail line that was scrapped by the Ford government in 2019.

The 14-kilometer line would connect Eastgate Square to McMaster University through downtown Hamilton.

The funding announced on Wednesday would cover the capital costs of the project, although Hamilton City Council will still have to approve the relaunched project and agree to cover all future operation and maintenance costs.

A similar light rail line had already been canceled by the Ford government in December 2019 due to inflation costs which it said had taken the price from an initial estimate of $ 1 billion to $ 5.5 billion. of dollars. At the time, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger called the decision “betrayal”.

“I’m optimistic (Council will approve it) because this is essentially the project we started with in 2015. Same level of commitments for a no-capital contribution from the City of Hamilton and a commitment to operations and maintenance and we have very specific commitments. figures on what those costs would be for Hamilton, ”Eisenberger said at a press conference Thursday morning. “This is basically what the city asked for, this is what the city supported in the past and this is what it is today. So I hope board members will take this into account as we review the MOU and move on to the next steps.

The federal government’s $ 1.7 billion contribution is part of a larger $ 12 billion investment in five rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, including the Ontario subway line Line in Toronto.

The Ontario government had previously committed $ 1 billion to Hamilton transit, but will now provide an additional $ 700 million as part of the deal with the federal government.

Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, told Thursday’s press conference that the government is keen to support “ready-made projects” and believes it has found a “formidable” one in the LRT of Hamilton.

McKenna, however, said the money must be used for light rail and cannot be used towards the cost of a bus rapid transit line, as some Hamilton city councilors have demanded.

“This is the only ready-to-use project. The agreement relates specifically to the Hamilton LRT, ”she said.


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