Our city’s leaders in council seem to have a disconnect between the vision that they have laid out in Hamilton’s master transportation plan and vision 2020 and what they actually decide when it comes time to vote on moving people around the city. On paper, we are a city that believes in developing corridors and nodes to move people around. Not focused on cars, or bikes, or buses, or the ways that people move but focusing on a multimodal transit structures around moving people.
In October of 2013 council decided to try out a pilot dedicating a lane through the downtown to moving buses. That pilot is now up for review and despite the lane moving the same number of people every day as the other three automobile access lanes, many councilors believe this pilot is a dismal failure and should be ended immediately.
Listen below to This Is HamOnt, a weekly show on CFMU about Hamilton issues and organizations that are working to make the city a better place. Ashleigh and Jonathon talk with McMaster transportation researcher Charles Burke about the success and failures of Hamilton’s transit lane and local activist and lawyer Craig Burley about the recent momentum in bringing together users and supporters of public transit to have a unified voice at city hall.