Hamilton Truck Route Master Plan Review

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The Hamilton Truck Route Master Plan (TRMP) is a comprehensive review and update of the 2010 TRMP and current truck route network. The Study will recognize and minimize the impact of truck traffic over the interests of the greater community while supporting Hamilton’s economic prosperity through developing an efficient and reliable network for goods movement. The Study will develop, evaluate and recommend alternative truck route networks, as well as supporting policies and tools that the City can consider to mitigate current challenges and help manage potential challenges in the future.

Project Background

The City of Hamilton is recognized as a

The Hamilton Truck Route Master Plan (TRMP) is a comprehensive review and update of the 2010 TRMP and current truck route network. The Study will recognize and minimize the impact of truck traffic over the interests of the greater community while supporting Hamilton’s economic prosperity through developing an efficient and reliable network for goods movement. The Study will develop, evaluate and recommend alternative truck route networks, as well as supporting policies and tools that the City can consider to mitigate current challenges and help manage potential challenges in the future.

Project Background

The City of Hamilton is recognized as a goods movement gateway between Southern Ontario and international markets as a result of the goods movement corridors (rail lines, highways) and intermodal freight facilities (airport, port, rail yards) that exist in Hamilton. Trucks also support the quality of life for residents and the economic vitality of local businesses by transporting goods - such as consumer items, industry components and products, construction equipment and materials - to, from and within Hamilton. Trucks also remove waste products and support services that enhance neighbourhood livability. However, because of their increased size and weight and potential safety and environmental impacts, the movement of trucks needs special consideration. A truck route network is one tool to help manage the movement of trucks in Hamilton.

The most recent review of the truck route network was completed as part of the Truck Route Master Plan, which was approved by City Council in 2010. Issues with the 2010 truck route network, and new policy influences have emerged, that are leading to challenges with the truck route network, including:

  • The environment and Hamilton’s climate emergency declaration
  • Public health, social equity, and roadway safety (Vision Zero)
  • Network connectivity and area-specific issues
  • Growth in new employment areas (e.g. Airport Employment Growth District, Red Hill Business Park) and encroachment on rural area
  • Emerging truck technologies and policies.

The current Truck Route Master Plan review and refinement will be based on alignment with:

  • The City’s strategic plan vision, objectives and desired outcomes
  • Health and well-being of the community
  • Feedback, needs and lived experiences of stakeholders and the public
  • Emerging technologies and goods movement policies

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    Why is Upper James a Truck route for heavy duty trucking that has nothing to do with any of the businesses that are located on Upper James st. I live on Upper James St near Fennel, and the truck traffic is so heavy, there are times my house shakes. These are not trucks and transports that are delivering to the many businesses in the area, but heavy duty dump trucks, and huge commercial construction trucks. This is a very people dense area, with lots of shopping and many personal vehicles. Why are these industrial vehicles not using the Red Hill/Linc to get from the industrial areas of the city, instead of coming up Wellington to Upper James st, and using the same route in the opposite direction. This is not an industrial route from Barton St, to Rymal Rd. It is all residential with some businesses. These trucks have no deliveries on this route, and should be using the route that was built for this purpose, at the cost of millions of dollars!

    lauraholland-anger asked about 1 month ago

    This study strives to balance the needs of the business industry and the community at large by developing a safe, reliable and efficient truck route network. the goal is to minimize conflict between truck traffic and vulnerable road users to improve safety and improve quality of life. Route selection and hours of operation restrictions will be dealt with in stage 2 and 3 of the project. The alternatives and the draft recommendations, will be presented through Phase 2 of the Stakeholder Engagement for input and discussion.

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    We have roads closed and bike lanes interfering deliverys also medics firetrucks so you need to alter the bike lanes for safety. have cut off time for trucks none past 11pm

    Victor_A_Mejia asked about 1 month ago

    This study strives to balance the needs of the business industry and the community at large by developing a safe, reliable and efficient truck route network. the goal is to minimize conflict between truck traffic and vulnerable road users to improve safety. Route selection and hours of operation restrictions will be dealt with in stage 2 and 3 of the project. The alternatives, and the draft recommendations, will be presented through Phase 2 of the Stakeholder Engagement for input and discussion.

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    What is the prevention/penalty for trucks caught using inappropriate routes?

    jfries asked about 1 month ago

    Hamilton Traffic By-Law allow trucks to deviate from truck routes to deliver goods locally, provided trucks follow the shortest path to and from designated truck route to the property at which services are carried. Highway Traffic Act set forth a minimum penalty for offences by  commercial vehicles as $200.

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    I understand trucks need to make deliveries, but can there not be some limit to the times, for the sake of noise reduction? I live on Cannon St and trucks are waking me up at 2, 3, 4 in the morning.

    Erin asked about 1 month ago

    This study strives to balance the needs of the business industry and the community at large by developing a safe, reliable and efficient truck route network. Route selection and hours of operation restrictions will be dealt with in stage 2 and 3 of the project. The alternatives, and the draft recommendations, will be presented through Phase 2 of the Stakeholder Engagement, and presented for input and discussion. Members of the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed network and specific routes in the network.

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    Why does your Rural problem area map not show that the Haldibrook Road E. from Reg. Hey 56 to Carluke Rd Is a problem. Currently designated as a non truck route with signage but no enforcement of said signage.

    Mary asked about 1 month ago

    Your input is fundamental and valued by the City. Your feedback helps us understand the issues with existing truck routes and to identify and recommend practical solutions to address these localized concerns.  

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    What was the rational for making Wilson Street two ways, leaving Cannon Street one way, putting a two way bicycle lane on Cannon St and then adding many more parking meters along Cannon St and no bicycle lane on Wilson? Would not it have made far more sense and been cheaper to leave Wilson one way east with an eastbound bicycle lane and Cannon St. one way west with a westbound bicycle lane and not added meters to keep each and three lanes of traffic with a wide safe bicycle lane on each?

    SB asked about 1 month ago

    Recommendation made as part of previous studies (i.e. Cycling Master Plan and Transporation Master Plan) were influenced by the feedback received from the community and result of technical analysis. This study strives to balance the needs of the goods movement and the residents by developing a safer, reliable and efficient truck route network and minimize the impact of trucks on the interests of community.  

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    Have public health officers and the healthcare community been consulted about the master plan? Between road safety, air pollution and noise levels (which add to stress), there are obvious health impacts from having heavy trucks roll through our residential communities.

    Yuki asked about 2 months ago

    Public health officers and air quality experts are key memebers of the Technical Advisroy Committee for this study. Public health and safety are paramount and are key influences for this study.

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    Roads and streets are for the efficient passage of Goods , Services and People. They are not to be constricted by those "assuming" they are speeding, nonwithstanding the ridiculous slow limits which actually create a danger. They are not for Patios and 'bump outs'. It is disparaging to call people names who are taking alternate routes due to constricting truck travel. Where do you think stuff gets to stores etc.? The maximum speed limit should be allowed . 25 MPH is not realistic (40kph).

    G. Baker asked about 2 months ago

    Efficient movement of goods and road user safety is a goal for this study. At this stage, no decision has been on specific route selections or changing speed limits for major arterial corridors. Route selection will be dealt with in phase 2 and 3 of the study. The alternatives, and the draft recommendations, will be presented through Phase 2 of the Stakeholder Engagement, for input and discussion.

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    How can we decrease the number of large trucks traveling through the village of Millgrove? I live near the 4-way stop in 'downtown' Millgrove and am concerned with the continuous line of huge trucks that pass by the local church, public school, daycare and general store on a daily basis. (As I sit here typing, 2 tanker trucks, 4 dump trucks and an 18-wheeler have gone by in a short 7 minute time span. Ridiculous! ) There are cyclists, pedestrians, dog walkers and parents pushing young children in strollers all travelling along a 'major truck route.' That does not make sense to me. Please help to keep our little community safe by removing the excessive trucks on the 5th Concession West, through Millgrove. Thanks.

    A concerned Mom in Millgrove asked about 2 months ago

    Safety is paramount for the City and for this study. At this stage, no decision has been on specific route selections. Route selection will be dealt with in phase 2 and 3 of the study. The alternatives, and the draft recommendations, will be presented through Phase 2 of the Stakeholder Engagement, and presented for input and discussion. Public and stakeholders will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions about the specific routes in the network.

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    Governors Road in Dundas has seen increasing heavy truck traffic for which there seems no reason. It is a residential street, fairly heavily traveled by commuters and city buses, with virtually no business that would require these massive trucks. The noise level is horrendous. Noisy mufflers and motorcycles are an added annoyance. Please if possible, do what you can to re-route all but necessary traffic. Norma Young

    Norma Young asked about 2 months ago

    At this stage, no decision has been on specific route selections. Route selection will be dealt with in phase 2 and 3 of the study. The alternatives, and the draft recommendations, will be presented through Phase 2 of the Stakeholder Engagement, and presented for input and discussion. Public and stakeholders will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions about the specific routes in the network.