LRT Around the World

While light rail is new to British Columbia, this form of transit has been transforming cities in Canada, the US and around the world for decades. These cities are choosing LRT to provide fast, reliable and accessible transit, reduce congestion, and help create connected and sustainable communities.

Cities in Canada that have chosen LRT:


Calgary

Calgary’s long-running LRT, the C-Train, provided nearly 90 million trips in 2016. First built in 1981, it was extended to include two lines.

Today, 45% of all commuters working downtown take the C-Train. Calgary recently approved the $4.6 billion Green Line, which will connect 27 neighbourhoods and help shape 10 new transit-oriented communities. Learn more about the Green Line.

Edmonton

In service since 1978, Edmonton’s LRT has grown from a single line connecting downtown with the stadium district to a planned network connecting all corners of the City by 2040. Since approving the LRT Network Plan in 2009, the City is pursuing urban-style, street-running LRT as a transformative city-building project that will reduce congestion and shape sustainable communities. Edmonton has opened six new LRT stops since 2009 and is currently building the 27-kilometre Valley Line. Learn more about future Edmonton LRT projects.

Waterloo

The Region of Waterloo is building ION, a two-phase LRT network. Stage 1 is the 19-kilometre Waterloo-Kitchener LRT line that is under construction and scheduled for completion in 2018. Stage 2 is in the planning stage and will replace BRT between Cambridge and Kitchener, creating a continuous LRT system across the region's three urban centres. LRT was chosen to connect the region, encourage sustainable urban growth, provide low carbon transportation options, and preserve the countryside from urban sprawl. Learn more about Waterloo's ION light rail.

Hamilton

Construction of the first phase (14-kilometres) of Hamilton’s five phase LRT network is scheduled to take place between 2019 and 2024. The network will: help to provide high quality, safe, sustainable and affordable transportation options for citizens; stimulate economic growth and contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Hamilton; and reduce the amount of vehicle-kilometres travelled and associated vehicle emissions and greenhouse gases. Learn more about the Hamilton LRT Project.

Mississauga/
Brampton

A city-building and region-connecting project, the Hurontario LRT (HuLRT) will create almost 20 kilometres of fast and reliable rapid transit along the Hurontario corridor. Connecting Mississauga to Brampton and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, it will form part of a seamless, integrated regional transportation network that will accommodate projected population growth over the next 30 years, spur commercial development and employment opportunities along the line, and transform Hurontario Street into a vibrant people-oriented corridor that connects communities. Learn more about the Hurontario LRT Project.

Toronto

As part of the Big Move Plan for Greater Toronto, Metrolinx, the region’s transit authority, is building several LRT lines in the City of Toronto. Currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2021, the 20-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT will offer fast, reliable and convenient transit that will run 60 percent faster than the existing bus service on Eglinton Avenue.

The Finch West LRT, an 11-kilometre line scheduled to open in 2022, will serve commuters on one of Toronto’s busiest transit corridors, and run 20% faster than existing bus service. Both LRT projects connect to the larger regional transit network, including the existing TTC subway system, GO Rail, UP Express and the bus system. Learn more about Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Ottawa

The Confederation Line, the first phase of a light rail transit plan that will transform commuting in the nation’s capital, is nearing completion. LRT will replace or convert much of the existing TransitWay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to reduce congestion, increase ridership and support transit-oriented development. Learn more about the Stage 2 LRT extension.

Cities in the US that have chosen LRT include:


Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona’s 42-kilometre (26 miles) Valley Metro light rail system forms part of the region’s multi-modal transportation system. Constructed in three phases – the initial 32-kilometre (20-mile) line opened in late 2008 and two extensions opened in 2016. Another seven high-capacity extensions either planned or under construction will create a 106-kilometre (66-mile) system by 2034.

The fully-accessible, no-step level boarding LRT integrates with bus to provide customers with seamless transit network connections for work, education and entertainment. Built to increase regional mobility, provide travel options, create more walkable and sustainable communities, keep the region economically competitive, encourage development and redevelopment, and enhance quality of life, the LRT has helped transform the landscape across the region. Numerous sports, shopping, restaurants and arts and culture destinations are situated along the line.

Salt Lake City

Transit Express, commonly known as TRAX, is the LRT system that serves Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding areas. The first of three lines, built in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics, opened in 1999. The system now covers almost 94-kilometres (58 miles).

Minneapolis

Two LRT lines operate in Minneapolis and are helping to improve regional mobility and enhance economic development. The 19-kilometre (12-mile) Blue Line, which opened in 2004, runs from downtown to the southern suburbs, connecting residents and visitors to urban destination areas.

A 2014 customer survey found that 70% of customers rode the Blue Line for work or school trips, and 78% of riders opted to forgo an available car to travel by transit. The 18-kilometre (11-mile) Green Line, which opened in 2014, runs between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Other LRT projects, which will expand the system to better connect all parts of the region, are in construction or engineering-design phases. Learn more about Minneapolis' LRT projects.

Seattle

The 33-kilometre (20-mile) Central Link light rail forms part of Seattle, Washington’s metropolitan transportation system. It supports the region’s approach to transit-oriented development to help manage population growth. Since opening in 2003, there have been two projects to extend the light rail network. Learn more about Seattle's Link Light Rail.

Portland

MAX Light Rail, or Metropolitan Area Express, consists of five lines – the first of which opened in 1986. Spanning almost 100-kilometres (60 miles), the lines connect Portland’s metropolitan area, serving 97 platforms and approximately 40 million boardings per year. Learn more about Portland's Max Light Rail.

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