A 40km section of Dundas Street between Waterdown and the Kipling Subway station in Toronto has been identified as a preferred option for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor. The BRT route will span Waterdown, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto along Dundas Street/Hwy 5.
This project, originally as a GO Bus connection, has been on my radar for several years. I am over the top pleased that it finally looks like Waterdown residents and the businesses in the Waterdown business parks located west of Clappison Corners will finally see the plan come together. Residents with jobs in the GTA will be connected to the east and businesses at the business parks will be connected to an employee base which is desperately needed.
This is exactly what Hamilton needs to start the BRT connections across the city, instead of an LRT which will be hugely expensive, increasing taxes and only service a few km through the downtown. The majority of jobs are being created at business parks in Waterdown, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, East Hamilton and in the Hamilton Airport Business Park. That is where residents need connection throughout the city with high order transit such as BRT. For Waterdown, we only need to secure a connection to downtown Hamilton to complete part of the transit puzzle for our community. Ultimately, Hamilton needs to connect all communities across the city through an efficient, effective and affordable BRT system.
This discussion for GO transit and BRT all started with the GO Transit maintenance building built by Metrolinx a few years ago championed by Mayor Bob Bratina, MPP Ted McMeekin and myself. There were numerous discussions around the need for a GO bus connection to Waterdown. Today, residents and businesses are closer to seeing a good transit plan come together.
Work completed as part of the Waterdown Transportation Management Plan supports a regional bus service through Waterdown.
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Councillor Judi Partridge