Articles in Special Report: Bus Lane

How Area Rating Transit Taxation Affects Decisions on Transit
If we take the stand that paying for a service gets you a vote and rebalance the votes to suit that notion, we come to a very interesting point of view.
by James Arlen
Published January 26, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (12 comments)

Sooner or Later, Council Will Have to Confront Reality
Better days are still ahead for Hamilton. I just wish it didn't feel like a majority of Council was a millstone for us to drag there.
by Rob Fiedler
Published January 23, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (31 comments)

Council Answers Civic Engagement with Hypocrisy and Contempt
Such flagrant disrespect for civic engagement makes it almost impossible to figure out how to organize a campaign that would effectively get Council's attention on an important issue.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published January 23, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (32 comments)

Councillors Must Move Beyond Divisive Self-Interest
Division breeds fear, contempt, and stagnation. Collaboration engenders progress, a sense of collective well-being and community.
by Myra Leyden
Published January 23, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (3 comments)

Struggling to Understand Councillor VanderBeek's Bus Lane Vote
VanderBeek argued correctly that precipitous decisions should be avoided. Yet by voting to dismantle the current lane, she helped foreclose a number of options that might have been chosen after the kind of careful consideration she was calling for.
by Andrew Muller
Published January 22, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (14 comments)

Hamilton Has an Auto-Immune Disorder
We need leaders who can lead. Last night, Council chose not to lead.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 22, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (82 comments)

Bus Lane is Dead, But Hamilton is Alive
The bus lane decision should have deflated me. But it only solidified my belief in the character and passion of the people living in Hamilton.
by Sean Meister
Published January 22, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (11 comments)

Great Public Transit a Win for Everyone
Let's increase our tax base, attract new residents, and provide great public transit to all our citizens.
by Myra Leyden
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (13 comments)

Bus Lane Cheat Sheet
To help provide clarity to people who are still confused or unsure about it, here is a boiled-down list of facts about the bus lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (8 comments)

Abandoning Bus Lane Sends Poor Message About City Priorities
The bus lane debate has come to represent something more fundamental: a question over vision and whether we want to move towards a more sustainable community and livable downtown or whether downtown Hamilton's streets will remain prioritized for automobil
by Kieran C. Dickson
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (0 comments)

Collins Explains Opposition to Bus Lane
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 in Special Report: Bus Lane (12 comments)

Most Hamiltonians Support Keeping, Improving Bus Lane: Independent Survey
A new survey found 53 percent of Hamiltonians support keeping the bus lane and 67 percent support keeping the bus lane and making the staff-recommended modifications to mitigate problems with the lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (2 comments)

Let Us Not Step Backwards on Transit
There will always be growing pains, but changes such as the bus lane are necessary steps to giving Hamilton a better, bigger, and brighter future.
by Hollie Pocsai
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (1 comment)

Debating the Bus Lane with Councillor Whitehead
We've had the goal of doubling per capita transit use for years and have done nothing about it.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (9 comments)

The Choice Our Leaders Face
Why spend money to move backward when the same amount spent to move us forward will accomplish much, much more?
by Sean Burak
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (12 comments)

Make Your Voice Heard: Support Hamilton Transit and the Bus Lane
None of the claims of bus lane opponents stand up to scrutiny.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 21, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (3 comments)

On Transit, Hamilton Feels Like the Dark Ages
We need to build infrastructure for the city we want to be, not the one we think we are now.
by Sean Meister
Published January 20, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (4 comments)

Whitehead's Bus Lane Survey is a Methodological Swamp
When you combine bad data with misrepresentation of the sort that Whitehead has been engaging in, it becomes more difficult for our elected leaders to make well-informed decisions.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 20, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (6 comments)

Support Bus Lane to Reduce Premature Death
The King Street Transit Lane is an important step toward saving the lives of 112 of Hamilton's citizens every year.
by Kevin Love
Published January 20, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (7 comments)

Both King and Main Had High Collision Totals in 2014
The fact that both Main and King had higher collision totals in 2014 than in previous years strongly suggests that the bump had more to do with our long, hard winter than with the bus lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 19, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (6 comments)

Let City Council Hear Your Support for the Bus Lane
Please sign this petition in support of the bus lane and let City Council hear you loud and clear!
by Meg Smith
Published January 17, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (35 comments)

King Street Business Owner: Bus Lane First Step to a Brighter Future
We believe that a more fully integrated and efficient transit system is a priority for Hamilton, and that the bus lane is a positive first step towards realizing that.
by Christopher Godwaldt
Published January 17, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (3 comments)

Bus Lane Benefits Outweigh Inconveniences
I support a city where non-vehicle transit becomes an increasingly significant portion of this city.
by Steve Dykstra
Published January 16, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (15 comments)

Recorded Votes for Bus Lane Motions
The text and standing recorded vote for each bus lane motion brought forward at the Wednesday, January 14, 2015 General Issues Committee meeting.
by RTH Staff
Published January 16, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (11 comments)

Some Good News in Business on King Street
While some long-time business owners are fingering the bus lane for lost sales, new businesses are opening along the route and developers are investing in renovations.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 16, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (30 comments)

We Now Have a Transit Director Who Supports Transit
Without overstepping his bounds, David Dixon modeled precisely the kind of leadership on transit that Council needs to adopt if Hamilton is to achieve prosperity.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 15, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (32 comments)

Think of the Next 100 Years, Not the Next Four
We can't achieve the increased tax revenue that comes from intensification without supplying the services required by these new taxpayers.
by Frances Murray
Published January 15, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (7 comments)

Bus Lane Question Should Be: How Do We Fix It?
We need a solution that works for everyone. We can't just ignore the needs of transit riders just like we can't ignore the needs of drivers or businesses.
by Martin Zarate
Published January 14, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (31 comments)

Council's Bus Lane Choice: Fear or Vision
Council's choice is between retreating into a status quo we know we cannot afford to sustain or taking a small but meaningful step toward achieving its own vision for the city.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 13, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (7 comments)

No Strong Case Against Bus Lane
It seems some councillors would rather plug their ears and ignore the facts presented to them than recognize the real benefits of the transit-only lane.
by Ian Reynolds
Published January 13, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (3 comments)

Bus Lane a Small Step Toward the City's Vision
Council's role is to represent everyone's needs, plan for the future and carry out its approved vision.
by Jason Leach
Published January 13, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (0 comments)

Double Standard at Play in Transportation Outrage
The convenience of middle-class car commuters on King is being prioritized above the mobility of an equal number of bus commuters.
by Matthew Sweet
Published January 12, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (3 comments)

Bus Lanes Supports Cleaner Air
I'm grateful for the opportunity to use a transportation option that is better for the environment in which my family and I live.
by Joshua Weresch
Published January 12, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (1 comment)

Approve and Improve the Bus Lane
Killing the bus lane would be deeply unfair to the thousands of Hamiltonians who rely on it and demonstrate that Hamilton is not serious about improving transit or planning for the effective transportation our city needs.
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published January 09, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (5 comments)

Council Should Support Bus Lane
I fear a future with much greater than five-minute delays to commutes along our downtown corridors (and elsewhere) if we don't support and improve the bus lane.
by Andrew Pettit
Published January 08, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (23 comments)

Bus Lane Foes Double Down on Decline
Collins and Whitehead want to sacrifice the enormous promise of high-quality rapid transit just so that drivers can roar through a ghostly downtown core a few minutes faster.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (25 comments)

Staff Report Recommends Keeping Bus Lane, Addressing Concerns
The report recommends keeping the lane and making changes to improve overall traffic flow, provide transit signal priority and restore curbside parking on the north curb west of Bay Street.
by Ryan McGreal
Published January 07, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (19 comments)

Five Years Later, HSR Operational Review Transit Recommendations Mostly Ignored
Here we are five years later, when the recommendations should have already been implemented. Instead, this fantastic report that was paid for with our tax dollars has been almost completely ignored.
by Jason Leach
Published January 07, 2015 in Special Report: Bus Lane (21 comments)

Parochial Politics and Modern City Building
It's time that some of our Councillors put their car-dominated thinking behind them, and realized that transit is more important to a modern city than cars.
by John Thompson
Published December 22, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (34 comments)

Council Needs a Transit Vision
My wish is for Council to come into 2015 ready to make decisions that will be talked and written about in 25 years as catalysts for tremendous growth and success.
by Jason Leach
Published December 19, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (20 comments)

Fix Problems With Bus Lane: Mayor
Mayor Fred Eisenberger plans to bring forward a motion at the December 17 Council meeting that would ask staff to look at options to address problems with the King Street bus lane.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 12, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (47 comments)

Bus Lane Decisions Need Supporting Context
The citizens of Hamilton need to see from city council how their decisions on our transportation system support their overall vision for the city.
by Jason Morse
Published December 11, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (14 comments)

My Letter to Council on the Bus Lane, and a Reply from Councillor Whitehead
You're a "whiner" if you acknowledge the problems with the bus lane and advocate fixing them, but not if you advocate scrapping the bus lane altogether.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 10, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (42 comments)

Transit Users Are Our Customers Too
I recognize that there are faults with the pilot program, but that is why it is a pilot - so we can learn from it, change it and correct it, not scrap it.
by Jessica Maurice
Published December 10, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (16 comments)

A Downtown Merchant Supports the Bus Lane
Our one-way road network diverts hundreds if not thousands of cars every day onto King for no good reason. This is the problem, not the bus lane.
by Sean Burak
Published December 09, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (54 comments)

Don't Kill the Bus Lane, Fix It
Gridlock is our future unless we leave the 1970s behind and start learning from the best cities on the planet about multi-modal convenience and options.
by Jason Leach
Published December 09, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (35 comments)

Bus Lane Set Up to Fail?
The city refuses to incorporate changes that would help ensure success while mitigating the issues with parking and automobile traffic flow.
by Ryan McGreal
Published December 08, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (55 comments)

Bus-Only Lane Experiment Actually Supports Light Rail Transit, Traffic Calming, Two-Way
Why have we designed a downtown shopping street on which just crossing it is such an unpleasant experience that it is driving customers away?
by Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 01, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (70 comments)

Bus Lane Repainting a Chance to Get it Right
Cyclists and buses can easily be accommodated with the road space we have available. Here's a simple, straightforward cross-section to do that.
by Jason Leach
Published April 11, 2014 in Special Report: Bus Lane (32 comments)

Traffic on King While Main Sits Mostly Empty
If Main Street was two-way, it would be able to take some of the overflow from King Street during rush hour.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 05, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (84 comments)

The Choice We Face: Easy Motoring or a Prosperous City
We need to do better than knee-jerk opposition to change because it may create some short-term disruption in travel patterns that, frankly, have not been good for this city for a long time.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 01, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (42 comments)

Observations from the First Few Days of our Transit Lane
That single bus lane carries more people every day than all the other lanes of King Street - combined.
by Jason Leach
Published October 26, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (90 comments)

Incorporate Bus Lane into More Complete King Street
Let's take advantage of the opportunity to showcase a complete street on King, instead of simply adding a bus lane into the dangerous, business-harming status quo.
by Jason Leach
Published June 25, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (18 comments)

Anti-Bus Lane Petition: Some Legitimate Concerns but Wrong Response
The problems with King Street are not due to its bus service, and blocking a transit-only lane is not going to help.
by Ryan McGreal
Published June 25, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (4 comments)

Public Works Committee Rejects Bus Lane Pilot Project
Hamilton Councillors claim to value transit, multi-modal transportation and livable urban neighbourhoods, but they refuse to put those values into practice in any meaningful way.
by Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2013 in Special Report: Bus Lane (32 comments)

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