Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Downtown Bus Lane Delayed Until Fall

Hamilton's Public Works department has delayed the construction of a bus only lane in the downtown until the fall. The project was to begin shortly and would have seen the curbside lane on King street from John to Bay transitioned to use exclusively by transit during rush hour.

From 7:00am - 9:00am and 3:30pm - 6:30pm, when the HSR is operating it's morning and afternoon peak periods the lane would be a bus only lane. At other times during the day the lane would be subject to mixed usage, as it is now.

The plan is seen as a trial run to the future implimentation of light rail transit through the downtown core, though those LRT only lanes would likely be in the two south lanes. This lane will be in the north curb lane.

The plan was approved by city council last November.

According to Kelly Anderson, a spokesperson for Public Works, the delay is due to ongoing construction in the downtown which is already closing one lane. Once that construction wraps up, likely in the summer, the bus lane can begin.

The impacted lane is used by seven HSR routes (1, 5, 10, 20, 34, 51, 99) , one Burlington Transit route (1) and three GO Transit routes (16, 18, 47) on a daily basis.

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