Category Archives: Transportation

Downtown Hamilton transportation issues as they relate to Duranders and all of the downtown area.

Message from the Mayor

Hi Duranders,

The Mayor sent the following message to our email address.  As you may know Graham Crawford created a poster of all organizations in Hamilton that support LRT, and we are proud that the Durand NA logo was one of the first on that poster.  Please read the important message from Mayor Fred Eisenberger below, and if you can, attend the rally at City Hall on April 15 to show your support for this project that will bring Hamilton into the 21st century.  Kitchener-Waterloo is on the verge of opening their LRT system and economic uplift is already occurring along their route (as it is along our LRT route).

Hi ,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the LRT project. Council has voted 52 times over 11 years, as you may know. We have 22 staff in the LRT Office working with 10 staff from Metrolinx.  Of note, all of Council voted crucially for the following things:

-the implementation of pages 44 and 45 of the Rapid Ready Report, which details the actions and budget. (except Councillor Jackson who was absent from that vote)

-Fostering the Light Rail Office (except Councillor’s Green and Collins who were absent)

-The Memorandum of Agreement with Metrolinx (except Councillor Collins who was opposed)

-Report PED16-073 spending money on the administration of the LRT office (except Councillor Collins who was opposed)

We voted to implement it and start spending the money, and that is what we will continue to do!

If you haven’t called your Councillor’s Office, I would suggest that you do if you have time. I would also invite you to join me Saturday, April 15th at noon in front of City Hall for a #yesLRT Rally and let’s keep going with our Council approved progressive transit strategy!

https://www.facebook.com/events/105003296713500/

Cheers,

Fred

Fred Eisenberger
Mayor
City of Hamilton
905-546-4200
@FredEisenberger

LRT – Important Meeting March 28 at City Hall

The Environmental Project Report Amendment is coming to GIC for approval and there are rumblings of opponents planning to obstruct or delay the project.  Read more details here in this article on Raise the Hammer.  The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. if you are available to attend.  The RTH article also offers other options to show your support.

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to sign the petition in support of LRT.  There is great potential economic uplift for Hamilton with this investment in higher order transit, and it will improve the transit experience for all users of the HSR.

We know it is tiresome to constantly reiterate support for a project that has been supported by council 52 times, with funding in place, however, this is our reality.  Thank you for your ongoing engagement.

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Safe Streets and $1 million

Many Duranders talk about the issues of traffic in our neighbourhood:  Speeding, aggressive driving, near-accidents and accidents at high speed.  This year we have a chance to do something substantial about our streets, and the deadline for submissions is fast approaching.  Jason Farr has made $1 million available from Area Rating funds to address specific locations in Ward 2 where traffic safety is a concern.  Please take a moment (and it literally only takes five minutes) to submit your top idea(s) and suggestions for locations where traffic calming is most needed.  This photo shows some locations where Duranders have identified a “hot spot”.

durand map for plan local

You can view this map and add your own red dots at 294 James Street North and/or submit your location with the online form.  Locations with the most submissions will make it onto the ballot for voting at the end of June.  We need everyone who has a concern about traffic in the Durand to speak up!  Submit your ideas so that our voices can be heard.

PlanLocal: Safer Streets for Ward 2

Councillor Jason Farr has committed $1 million this year for projects dedicated to safe streets.  The funds will be disbursed in a participatory-democracy style vote at the end of June.  We all want safer streets in the Durand neighbourhood and throughout Ward 2.  Our engaged residents and members will want to have their say.  Durand Neighbourhood Association board member Wesley Jamieson is representing the DNA on the Advisory Committee for PlanLocal.  Thanks so much to Wes for his dedication of time and effort for this important community initiative.  Here are the details:

IDENTIFY your unsafe street locations and solutions

·       Kick-Off Event April 26, 294 James St. N. Open 7-9:30pm

·       Identify locations and submit your ideas from April 26 to May 16, 2016

·       Online at www.PlanLocal.ca/Ward2/

·       In person (locations to be announced)

VOTE for your top safe street solutions

·       End of June

·       Online at www.PlanLocal.ca/Ward2/

·       In person (locations to be announced)

BUILD safer streets in Ward 2

·       The most popular solutions will be submitted to city staff and added to construction plans for the coming years.

For more information, contact president@durandna.com

Bike Lanes, Design Review, West Harbour Mtg & Vacant Gore!

Hi Duranders,

In case you missed it, here are some updates for everyone and opportunities to have your say in our beautiful city of Hamilton. While the “warm” winter weather seems to be holding up, try some winter cycling and explore the waterfront – check out the skating rink!

Herkimer Charlton Bike Lanes

A public meeting is planned to showcase the designs for the new Herkimer and Charlton bike lanes!  A hard-working committee of volunteers from Durand and Kirkendall worked with the city to enhance the designs for the bike lanes, which were originally planned as unprotected biked lanes delineated with a painted line.  The meeting will be held at Stanley Avenue Baptist Church (Stanley and Locke) on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. (enter by the rear door).  Residents are welcome to view the designs and ask City staff questions about the project.

Design Review Panel – Volunteer Opportunity

A design expert is sought for the City of Hamilton’s Design Review Panel.  This is a volunteer opportunity.  Read more here.

West Harbour Meeting this Thursday January 28th

The conversation about Hamilton’s West Harbour and future development is ongoing.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 28 at 294 James Street North at 7 p.m.  Learn more here: http://eepurl.com/bNIgZf

While you’re attending the meeting, be sure to check out the exhibit “Manufacturing Territories”, exploring and re-envisioning the industrial core.

Gore Park Vacant Building Update

As many of you know, the18-28_king_street_east_20160118_02 buildings along the south side of Gore Park have been vacant for almost two years.  Our own Nicholas Kevlahan wrote an article on Raise the Hammer pointing out the imminent danger to the long-term survival of these, some of our most historic, buildings.  If you haven’t already, read the article here