Sunday, November 22, 2009

opposition to transportation plan in Dundas

Group questioning transportation plan
Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News Staff, Published on Nov 20, 2009

A local transportation advocacy group is not happy with recommendations in the Downtown Dundas Transportation Master Plan, approved by the city’s public works committee last week

Randy Kay of Transportation for Liveable Communities said the group will make comments during a 60-day public review period.

“Having gone through the stakeholder process from the first meeting on this, it feels to me like it was put together by people who don’t walk or cycle in town,” Kay said.

In a letter submitted to the public works committee, Kay stated the group feels its comments contributed during the lengthy master plan process have not been properly addressed.

In a detailed, three-page summary originally submitted a year ago, Kay states “road widening, vague and non-committal talk of transit improvements, and further delays in implementing the long-overdue cycling improvements are the order of the day.

“This is not the emphasis we desire, nor expect.”

More specifically, the submission opposes the recommendation to widen Governor’s Road to four lanes, with no evaluation of TLC’s suggestion to close Ogilvie to cars at Governor’s Road. The group also opposes a recommendation to widen the Hatt Street/Memorial Square intersection, and questions several aspects of the master plan.

The recommendations include changes at nine different Dundas intersections.

Details on how the public can participate in the 60 day review of the Downtown Dundas Transportation Master Plan were not available by deadline.

The report still needs approval from Hamilton city council.

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