Comment 51690

By John Neary (registered) | Posted November 16, 2010 at 21:44:35

@SpaceMonkey:

Is it your wish for the entire city of Hamilton to be devoid of trucks and the entire city of Hamilton to be "walkable"? If yes, what alternate method do you suggest for transporting our goods to and from the city?

I can't speak for Ryan, but I agree with him on most truck-related issues, so I'll speak for myself. I would like to see a transportation infrastructure in which almost all truck trips originating (or ending) in the city of Hamilton use the most direct route to (or from) the nearest controlled-access highway: 403, QEW, Red Hill, Linc, or the eastern part of Burlington Street.

For example, trucks originating in the bayfront industrial area and heading towards the westbound 403 wouldn't use Burlington/Wellington/Cannon/Queen/King. They'd go east on Burlington to the QEW, and either take the QEW/403 or the Red Hill/Linc to the 403 westbound.

This outcome could be achieved with very few changes to the truck route plan, if we simply got rid of the one-way streets and synchronized lights that encourage trucks to travel through our downtown rather than taking the highway around town.

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