Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie is reporting on his website that the city and McMaster University have reached an agreement on the ongoing issue of construction truck traffic through Westdale and the status of HSR buses.
Last year, the city passed an order banning construction trucks from driving through King Street in Westdale to and from McMaster University via the Sterling St. entrance. Instead, the trucks will have to access the campus via Main St.
In what looks like a ridiculous game of tit-for-tat, the school responded by demanding that to offset the truck traffic, 50 fewer HSR bus trips pass through the centre of campus per day.
According to the report on McHattie's site, the agreement between the HSR and Mac moves some buses off-campus:
The #51 University buses, which are discontinued annually for the summer at the completion of exams in late April, will result in the reduction of 116 transit trips daily. This bus will restart with the recommencement of classes the day after Labour Day.
On the same day after Labour Day, the #10 BeeLine buses will be permanently re-routed away from the center of the campus resulting in the permanent removal of 136 trips daily through the center of campus. This will be accomplished by re-routing the service off Sterling Street and onto Main Street between Paradise Road and the main entrance of the University.
This new route will be split with half the trips looping at the Medical Centre and the other half, after servicing Beeline stops on Main at Emerson, continuing west to the University Plaza loop. As such, there will be no reduction in service level to the area.
The city and school will meet with neighbourhood stakeholders before Labour Day to communicate the changes.
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