Hamilton Street Railway Wants Metrolinx to Extend Dundas Street BRT to McMaster University

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HSR articulated bus operating on the B-Line, July 2017, eastbound on Main at MacNab

The Hamilton Street Railway wants Metrolinx to extend its proposed Dundas Street bus rapid transit corridor to McMaster University.

Presently, the HSR does not provide direct service between Waterdown and Hamilton. There is growing pressure for service between Waterdown and McMaster University.

In an email dated July 18, 2019, made public as part of a Planning Act appeal, the HSR’s senior transit planner writes “Maybe Metrolinx could get moving on their Dundas Street BRT (with desired extension to Mac) sooner, rather than later?”

The email discusses transit funding writing “My sense is that Queen’s Park $ for Metrolinx projects are currently scarce.”

The Metrolinx Dundas Street proposal is to operate bus rapid transit from Highway 6 in Waterdown to the Kipling TTC subway station in Toronto.

The business case for the project discusses GO transit buses continuing past the Highway 6 terminus to McMaster University using local roadways in mixed traffic.

Metrolinx continues to work on the planning for the Dundas Street BRT. The estimated capital cost for the project is $600-million. Construction is expected to occur in phases starting in Mississauga with the Waterdown portion in the final phase.

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