Monday, October 19, 2009

transit terminal transition

MacNab closes as new terminal takes shape

The Hamilton Spectator, (Oct 19, 2009)

Construction is set to begin bright and early this morning on Hamilton's new downtown transit terminal .

The work will close MacNab Street between King and Main for 10 months.

It includes the construction of a new terminal building, bus shelters, platforms and the reconstruction of MacNab Street between King and Main streets.

Although MacNab will be closed, local access will be available for the CIBC building and the Hamilton Convention Centre.

The new terminal is part of the city's plans to move the buses out of Gore Park and revitalize the area bounded by James and Catharine Streets, the north edge of Gore Park and the southern sidewalk along the south leg of King Street East.

HSR buses will be relocated from the south side of King Street East to the new terminal.

By removing buses from the south leg of King Street East, it's hoped to provide an opportunity to improve the pedestrian environment in that area through the Gore master plan project.

That project involves extensive public consultation and will be completed to co-ordinate with the timing of the new transit terminal.

The design of the new transit terminal features several "green" and innovative elements -- such as a "green" roof and heated platform, as well as new shelters, public washrooms and enhanced accessibility for wheelchairs and bicycles.

No comments: