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Future of Transit - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

A good transit network is essential for any growing city, it is the core foundation of the city’s economical activity. It helps create jobs, expand the overall employment pool, and builds equity among people of various social economic backgrounds. It also contributes to the increasing prices in the housing market, which is why we follow it so closely. In Hamilton, Ontario, Canada there are plenty of things to be excited about when it comes to public transit for both inter and intra city transportation. We tried to summarize the few projects that are currently in the works, in this amazing city.

Intra City:

New Bus Maintenance Facility: Hamilton will be receiving a new maintenance and storage facility for HSR busses and vehicles. This will be 645,000-square-foot facility with the capacity of storing 200 buses. The study area is south of Barton St and between Wentworth and Sherman. The proximity to the Downtown core and Nikola Tesla makes this location an integral to offering improved services. This will not only help increase jobs in Hamilton, but also provide a better service for Hamilton residents in the future.

Highway 6 Expansion: There is currently a Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study underway for the widening of Highway 6 South in the City of Hamilton. This project will increase lane capacity from 2 lanes to 4 lanes over the 9km stretch between Highway 403 and Upper James Street. This is a vital step to supporting the growth of John Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD). This will help grow the local economy, increase employment, and speed up supply chain gridlocks within the city.

Investment into Green Energy – Hydrogen Bus: On March 4, 2021, a new bus hit the streets of Hamilton and it’s fuelled by garbage. This bus is expected to use and divert 450 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill. That’s equivalent to 38 garbage trucks, while also replacing CO2 emissions from 36,000 litres of diesel consumed in a year. In addition, the city will be receiving xx compressed natural gas (CNG) buses at a cost of $187MM. This will not only help replace 92 conventional busses but also, add additional fleet to improve speed and service across the city.

LRT: It’s been in the works for years, and we are getting closer and closer to the shovel in the ground. The Hamilton LRT project is part of the bigger BLAST network that has been in motion since 2007, as part of the region’s Master Plan. This will eventually connect the critical parts of the city like, connections to McMaster University, 3 GO Stations, Airport Business District, Downtown Core, and East Hamilton. On September 15, 2021, Hamilton’s City Council signed the project with Metrolinx and MTO to move forward with the 14-kilometre LRT project. This is a big step. Metrolinx has already started to demolish the acquired properties along the corridor, and we can shovel in the ground at some point in 2024. It’s a major project, that is expected to stimulate the local economy and provide better transit options for Hamiltonians. This project is not just about improving transit. We can expect upgrades to sewers, water mains, roads, sidewalks, and traffic signals.

Inter City:

Go Transit Service to Union Station and Niagara Falls: we have been waiting for this for years and finally on August 6, 2021, it was announced that West Harbour Station will be receiving all day hourly train service to Union Station. This is huge news for the community and the overall city. The station is perfectly positioned in the North End of Hamilton within walking distance of the downtown, the beautiful James St., Bayfront Park, and Pier 4 Park. Not to mention the biggest waterfront development in Hamilton will be coming up shortly with shovel ready land at Pier 8.

Confederation Go Station: This is super exciting, as it will be the 3rd Metrolinx train station in the City of Hamilton. This will provide much needed access to residents in East Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Mountain, Glanbrook, and Binbrook. The station has already opened for Bus Services, however train service has yet to open to the public. This service will enable two-way train service from Toronto through Hamilton and on to Niagara Falls.

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