Mention Hamilton. Ont. and you think of lunch buckets, bare knuckles and blue plate grub. That’s because the city of 520,000, roughly 60 kilometres west of Toronto, was for decades the centre of steelmaking in Canada.
But today, Hamilton increasingly stands to become a bedroom suburb of Toronto, thanks to more frequent train service.
With the widening of a bridge over the Desjardins canal just outside Hamilton’s downtown (see below), GO Transit, Ontario’s commuter rail system, will soon provide the city with more frequent service.
And with home prices in Toronto continuing to skyrocket, good transit links will make Hamilton much more attractive to families who can no longer afford to live in Toronto.
But Hamilton isn’t the only locale that will benefit from the bridge widening. Ontario’s Niagara Region, which fans out from the city around the western end of Lake Ontario, will also be a beneficiary.
Indeed, GO eventually hopes to extend its service to both St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. And when it does, both cities, now medium size, should also burgeon as bedroom suburbs.