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Ontario urges federal funding for updated Hamilton light-rail plan

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney
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Ontario officials are seeking a financial commitment from the Canadian federal government to fund an updated Light-Rail Transit (LRT) in Hamilton.

The province has designated the Hamilton LRT a fifth priority transit project, along with the Ontario Line Subway, Scarborough Subway Extension, Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and Yonge North Subway Extension projects.

The Hamilton LRT proposal was found to cost significantly more than the originally cited CA$1 billion. A technical review found that a $1 billion LRT system funded solely by the province would not be of sufficient length to be viable. The report suggests a longer LRT could be a viable option pending federal funding.

"We are keeping our word and honoring our CA$1 billion capital commitment to transportation infrastructure investments in the city of Hamilton, and we urge the federal government to join us in building a viable LRT," said Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney in a press release.

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