In an email to a resident, Councillor Chad Collins says he opposes the 2-kilometre bus lane because he doesn't know how it would be extended farther east.
By RTH Staff
Published January 21, 2015
Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins has led the campaign to scrap the transit-only lane on King Street between Mary and Dundurn. A senior citizen living in Ward 5 wrote to Councillor Chad Collins in support of the bus lane.
Here is the text of his reply [resident's name removed]:
Thanks [...] I always appreciate the feedback.
As you know, the pilot area represents just 2km of the almost 14km B-Line route. If council agrees with the operation of the bus lane on a permanent basis, the plan calls for its extension along the entire route.
When I think beyond the pilot, I ask myself how will the bus lane affect other areas along the B-Line corridor?
How is it implemented east of the downtown where the 'Downtown Hamilton' gateway is located at Wellington and King? There are only two lanes at this location. If the bus lane is extended as planned, we're down to one lane for all other vehicles entering the core.
Travelling further east, how does the bus lane work beyond the Delta? Further east, how does the bus lane work on Queenston Road in our area between the Red Hill Parkway and Eastgate?
Queenston Road is congested at all times of the day. I can't imagine the traffic chaos that would be created by prohibiting vehicles in the curb lane in both directions. Queenston cannot function properly with one lane of traffic in each direction with a centre turn lane.
I understand the benefits of having a healthy transit system, but planned changes need to take into account the impact on surrounding residential properties and local businesses. Unfortunately, the bus lane pilot and the proposed rapid transit plans ignore these issues. Council needs to address the problems of overcrowding, long delays on some routes, and poor ridership on others.
Thanks again for the email [...] and please do not hesitate to call or email again regarding this matter or any other that might arise.
Please add your voice to the Support Hamilton Transit campaign to keep the bus lane.
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