A new rendering of the Hamilton LRT was released during this afternoon's Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities. This is in the International Village, looking west at King and Walnut. Credit: Handout / City of Hamilton LRT Office

Hamilton’s Light Rail Transit line is now officially an Ontario Priority Transit Project under the Building Transit Faster Act.

In short, Metrolinx can now use the powers of the BTTA to ensure municipal, utility, and private cooperation with construction.

The regulation describes Hamilton’s LRT as “extending east from McMaster University.” This should not be read as indicating the line could stop short of Eastgate Square.

It is standard practice for Ontario Regulations under the BTTA to state the starting point of a transit line without the final destination.

The BTTA powers most likely to be used in Hamilton are those of expropriation and Metrolinx’s control over development near the LRT corridor to ensure no interference or delay in building LRT.