The Big Move


All Day GO Station
Several NEN members attended “The Big Move” workshop on Rapid Transit on February 12 at the Art Gallery. The James Street North GO Station has been identified as a mobility hub within the Big Move, Metrolinx's regional transportation plan and will be designed to comply with Metrolinx's Mobility Hub Guidelines. For example, the station must be integrated into the local community through layout, design, architecture and landscaping and provide safe and convenient access for passengers arriving by all modes of travel including walking, cycling and local transit.

Officials from Metrolinx say Hamilton’s planned GO station on James St. N. will have a station building, a platform, a kiss-and-ride drop-off and pickup, 460 parking spots, a bus loop and pedestrian and cycling trails before the 2015 Games.

Another BIG MOVE information session will be held on March 7 10:00 – 11:30.  Register by March 4 at Maynard@mcmaster.ca or phone 905 525 9140 x22542.

The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) is pleased to announce the following upcoming event:
Advancing the Big Move Through the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Bruce McCuaig
President and Chief Executive Officer of Metrolinx

Hosted by:

The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics
The City of Hamilton
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Metrolinx

Thursday, March 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Drive South
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1

A conversation about the plan, the projects underway in the region, and the next wave of projects that will be delivered if funding is obtained.








Implementation Has Begun


A small team met in February with several City Officials including Councillor Farr to begin the implementation process of the "North End Traffic Management Plan"

This plan, approved and voted on by City Council in 2010, is the plan approved by the OMB.  

NEN was disappointed in the OMB decision as we had appealed this plan and during mediation with the City had suggested several additions and changes.However, now we work within this plan. We recognize the many positive aspects to it.

Residents should realize that in Setting Sail, the Secondary Plan, a traffic plan MUST be implemented to deal with traffic BEFORE any work can be done on Pier 7 &8.  This plan is an attempt to deal not only with present issues of  volume and speed of traffic but FUTURE problems as the waterfront is developed.
Pier 7 is slightly east of Discovery Drive.  The City of Hamilton is negotiating for these key waterfront lands with the Port Authority and would open up the land for new development.

IMPLEMENTATION

In the immediate future, the City and our team will do a “walk-about” the neighbourhood to review the plan.  We are planning a joint, public “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” tentatively for May, with an “Action Plan” to be released at that time. 

NEN appreciates the many comments and suggestions to implement the traffic plan.  Most of the suggestions/comments are listed on the "Traffic Management" page of this blog.

The Traffic Plan that is being implemented has been written by the IBI, a consultation firm which is rated #3 globally.  IBI is a transportation planning expert and was hired by the City to do the traffic study and the neighbourhood traffic plan. IBI is a recognized leader in transportation planning.  and is "a leader in sustainable transportation, with an approach that integrates transportation, land use, urban design, and engineering design to promote healthy cities and economic competitiveness and to enhance quality of life.The firm has won numerous awards for this approach to our transportation master plans, multimodal integration, transit-oriented development, and rapid transit designs."

By Sheri Selway