The fact that LIUNA is showing a much more active approach in supporting and building the LRT, just shows how much an embarrassment Hamilton politics is.
The construction union says it is still talking to the province about its pitch to resurrect a cancelled LRT line — maybe in two phases to ease the financial burden.www.thespec.com
2.5B for 9km? That’s almost 277M per km. For an at-grade LRT?! Where is that money going?
EDIT: For comparison, Finch West is 11km at 1.2B. There’s no way construction costs doubled in a decade.
If I recall correctly a good chunk of that was for miscellaneous civil works that are being bundled into the project. Replacing century-old sewer mains, etc. Not sure if that's still the case.
Province now estimates it would cost up to $2.5 billion to build a nine-kilometre light rail line, but it will only put $1 billion into the projectwww.thespec.com