Ontario Construction News staff writer
AECOM has been appointed by Metrolinx as technical advisor for the Hamilton Light Rail Transit project, the city’s first light rail transit system and will be designed to accommodate expected future growth and development, improve connectivity and attract economic development in the rapidly growing area.
“As Ontario advances its record investment in public transit, we look forward to working with Metrolinx and our partners to support a more connected and economically vibrant Hamilton through accessible and sustainable transportation,” said Richard Barrett, chief executive of AECOM. “AECOM has played a critical role in light rail projects across Ontario and Canada, and our teams are excited to deploy their depth of experience and local expertise to deliver this transformative project.”
AECOM also announced that WSP in Canada has been subcontracted to provide technical advisory services for the project. Beginning in 2023, WSP in Canada’s rail and transit team will provide strategic guidance on how best to deliver the new 14-kilometre line, which will run from Eastgate Square to McMaster University through the downtown core.
“Our team is proud to be working alongside our partners from AECOM and Metrolinx, to help deliver this transformative light rail transit project. We look forward to using our extensive industry expertise to help deliver the best possible transit system for the people of Hamilton,” said Jennifer Verellen, senior vice president, Transportation Systems, WSP in Canada.
The integrated AECOM team will deliver “the full breadth” of infrastructure for the Hamilton LRT.
“World-class transit is critical to urban development, especially as we seek to design more sustainable cities,” said Mark Southwell, chief executive of AECOM’s global Transportation business. “This project will set Hamilton apart as a leader in public transportation, preparing it for a more livable, low-carbon future. As we deliver major transit projects across the globe, the Hamilton LRT is the latest example of how our Sustainable Legacies strategy continues to improve social and environmental outcomes for communities.”
The LRT is designed to provide connectivity across Hamilton with new light rail vehicles running along dedicated track for greater safety, frequency, and reliability. In addition, the project plans to support sustainable growth and city-building through revitalization of critical utilities and general infrastructure along the route.