For anyone who doesn't think Hamilton needs to have downtown as the hub of our system, check out the map of current and soon-to-open light rail, bus and streetcar lines in downtown Portland.
While you're at it, check out the nifty new trains coming soon to Portland. They will look great gliding along in a city already home to modern streetcars.
Plans are underway to design a new transit station in downtown Hamilton. I agree with the need to have the majority of our transit come together in one centralized location within a few easy blocks of future light rail on Main Street and James Street. Downtown needs once again to become the central hub of Hamilton and improving transit in the core is a major step in that direction.
Also, with any new station design downtown, plans must be made for Hamilton's first bike lockers and shelter area as well as a real push to improve cycling lanes and amenities city-wide, but especially downtown from Mac to Ottawa Street where cycling is currently not encouraged.
Bike racks on all buses is a step forward and east/west LRT on Main St. would be a great investment if we can get our planners as enthused about planning a rail line as they are for highways and roads.
Cities like Boston, Montreal and Boston are a great example to us. Let's follow their lead instead of moving at a snail's pace through the 1960s and '70s.
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