Light Rail Transit (LRT) January 2017 Updates

After receiving public input from residents in the Cline Avenue area, the LRT project team has changed their proposed design plans to address the concerns that were raised. They had originally proposed that Cline Avenue would be a full movement intersection to access Westdale Village from the LRT route but after receiving public input they will maintain existing traffic patterns into Westdale (via Dalewood and Haddon). Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback with the team!

Based on traffic modeling information, the project team has identified areas along the west end of the route that may require more traffic capacity during LRT construction and when it’s in service. At this time, the project team does not expect to widen roads; rather they may add more traffic lanes in one direction and reduce them in the opposite direction. This may have an impact on existing and proposed cycling infrastructure, including:

  • Dundurn Street North existing bike lanes
  • York Boulevard (Queen to Dundurn) existing bike lanes
  • Main Street West proposed bike lanes from Macklin to Cootes

Both the City and Metrolinx are committed to replacing bike lanes impacted by the LRT project during construction and developing longer term solutions in close consultation with affected neighbourhoods and the cycling community. The LRT project team is seeking input from the cycling community and affected neighbourhood associations to identify alternative routes and innovative solutions. A community consultation session will be scheduled for February or March 2017. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

The LRT team held three public open houses this week to share a number of new developments and improvements to the project and to gather community feedback. If you were not able to attend you can still view the materials and provide comments at https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/priority-projects/community-engagement-lrt

Comments will be accepted until February 3, 2017.

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