Hamilton BRT Economic Uplift Area
As the area of economic improvement is thought to be slightly lower for a BRT system vs an LRT system a 400 meter radius is used when studying BRT.
It was originally estimated by City Staff that the cost to build a full BRT on the A and B Line would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of $800 million.
A smaller 400 meter radius of potential economic uplift was used for stations along a potential BRT traveling from University Plaza to Eastgate Square.
Simply running a BRT instead of an LRT along our B-Line will actually provide service to more people and creates a greater total area of potential economic uplift.
Hamilton A-Line and B-Line BRT Economic Uplift
Finally we took a look at the SDG report and used the potential A-Line stops used in the report to estimate an area of economic influence for stations. Once again a radius of 400 meters is used.
A 400 meter radius was used to estimate areas of potential economic uplift as a result of a full A and B Line LRT. The Full B-Line runs from University Plaza in the West to Eastgate Square in the East. The A Line runs from the Airport in the South to the Waterfront in the North.
The stated purpose of rapid transit in Hamilton was to do more than just move people but to stimulate economic growth. Why then are we trying to stimulate only a small part of our city overall when we can have a similar effect over a much larger area while at the same time providing better transit service to more people?