City Council has committed to another pilot project of installing a dedicated ‘ transit only’ lane on King Street West, between the downtown and Dundurn Street.
As you may recall, there’ll be a similar project on Main Street West , going the other way.
For the record, I like the idea of dedicated transit lanes as a way of moving people around town.
But it was the comments of WannaBe Mayoral Candidate Brian McHattie that I found interesting.
In expressing support for the transit lanes, McHattie cited the gridlocked traffic coming down the 403 from Ancaster and the West Mountain every day and suggested that the transit lanes on King and Main would help.
Squeezing bumper to bumper traffic onto a road with reduced traffic lanes isn’t going to reduce congestion.
Are those motorists simply going to park their cars on the side of the highway and take a bus to get downtown ?
Actually, McHattie may have unwittingly pointed out a major flaw in Hamilton’s transit plans.
The daily backlog on the 403 and the traffic volumes every morning and afternoon on the Mountain access routes show that we do indeed have a gridlock problem in Hamilton.
But it seems that City Council persists in offering an east/west solution to a north/south problem.
Councilors seem convinced that their east/west B line is the solution.
Thousands of motorists stuck in traffic every day going up and down the Mountain access routes and the 403 may have other ideas .