Cost to cancel Hamilton LRT coming in spring: Metrolinx

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The province’s regional transit agency says it is still working to determine the final cost to cancel Hamilton’s light rail project and the total will be released to the public this spring.

A Metrolinx spokeswoman says the agency is currently working to close out remaining project contracts and expects to finish the process in the coming months.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government cancelled the transit project in December, saying costs had jumped from $1 billion to $5.5 billion.

The move has angered community members and opposition politicians who have demanded the province release details about the cost escalation and the price of scrapping the project.

Metrolinx has previously said it spent $186 million on planning and developing the line, including $80 million to purchase 60 properties.

Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney defended the cancellation earlier this week, saying instead the province will commit $1 billion to other transit projects in the city.

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