A request from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for an additional LRT stop at Bay Street is being warmly received.
Members of the LRT subcommittee are asking staff to study the proposal and report back.
Mayor Eisenberger stresses that he doesn’t want to get into “designing on the fly, or slowing down the system by creating unnecessary stops, but he adds that he is “sensitive to the notion” of a stop at Bay and King.
The chamber stresses that a such a stop would provide access to many downtown destinations,
including city hall, the art gallery, First Ontario Centre and three hotels.
Also at today’s meeting, Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr has presented a notice of motion which will ask staff to study a two-way Main Street option as part of LRT traffic modelling.
Farr will present his motion for debate next month.
He adds that the idea is to have staff report back on the potential impacts of such a change so that council has a “better understanding”.
To this point, city planners has pointed to traffic studies that suggest the LRT project could go ahead without the radical conversion.