March 23: HSR asking customers to travel only if absolutely necessary and other updates from the City of Hamilton

The following article contains multiple department updates as of March 23, 2020 from the City of Hamilton concerning HSR essential service, waste collection, parking services, vulnerable citizens and playground closures.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton provided multiple updates today regarding HSR service, waste services, playground closures, supports for vulnerable citizens, and parking updates as it works towards putting more safety measures in place due to the spread of COVID-19 in Hamilton.

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Electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at City lots

This article contains information about the addition of electric charging stations across the City, with details provided via the Hamilton Community News dated March 23, 2020.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton has committed to installing 20 new electric charging stations around the City, including a station planned for Ward 8, at city-run municipal lots.

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March 20: HSR and DARTS Service Update

This article includes service updates regarding the HSR and DARTS service from a March 20, 2020 press release.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

With the goal of keeping the public and its riders informed about new developments and service updates, the HSR and DARTS have provided information updates as of March 20, 2020 on fares, DARTS service, HSR schedule updates, and cleaning information.

For more information, please keep reading below…

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March 18: Hamilton Public Health confirms COVID-19 Case at a Long-term Care Facility

This article includes a press release from the City of Hamilton dated March 18, 2020 regarding a confirmed COVID-19 case at Heritage Green Nursing Home.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

This evening (March 18, 2020), the City of Hamilton has announced the first positive COVID-19 case involving a resident at a long-term facility, and the steps taken to address this new development.

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March 18: Loading HSR Buses Through Rear Doors

This article has a press release from the City of Hamilton regarding service changes to the HSR until at least April 5th, as well as information about fares and Saturday service.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The Hamilton Street Railway announced new safety measures today (March 18, 2020) that will impact riders and transit operators tentatively between March 19 until at least April 5, 2020.

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Hamilton City Council Trims $750,000 from 2020 Budget Through Service Cuts to Under-Performing HSR Routes

Hamilton City Council recently voted to cut service levels to several under-performing HSR routes. The service cuts are anticipated to save taxpayers $750,000 from the 2020 budget and up to $1.7 million from future budgets.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Since being elected, I have worked very hard to advocate on behalf of improving transit for Ward 8 residents on the Hamilton mountain.

Behind the scenes, I was able to work closely with City of Hamilton staff to secure an application for $8.5 million in Federal/Provincial funding dedicated to improving transit for Ward 8 and the Hamilton mountain.

I have also consistently advocated for new investments in HSR transit to better serve Ward 8 residents by realigning the existing bus routes through the HSR’s (Re)Envision campaign, and the elimination of the unfair area rating for transit taxation system.

However, I reluctantly voted in favour of the proposed service cuts – continue reading for find out why…

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Electric Buses Will Not Replace LRT

With the cancellation of LRT and the Province’s offer to invest one billion dollars towards transportation in Hamilton, there has been increased discussion about electric buses as an alternative to rapid transit.
While I support a transition to an electric HSR bus fleet as a possible mitigation measure to help meet Hamilton’s Climate Change goals – it is important to note that electric buses on their own will not replace LRT.

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Community Members Needed for Truck Advisory Group

The City’s Transportation Planning team is searching for two community members from Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 14 to represent their neighbours at the Truck Advisory Focus Group, a part of the Truck Route Master Plan Study Update.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City’s Transportation Planning team is searching for two community members from Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 14 to represent their neighbours at the Truck Advisory Focus Group, a part of the Truck Route Master Plan Study Update.

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Sidewalk Snow Clearing: What’s at Stake?

We’ve been hearing from many of you regarding the ongoing debate centred around sidewalk snow clearing. With 2403 kilometres of sidewalk citywide, including 201 km in Ward 8, it’s an important matter and one we’d like to address here.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

We’ve been hearing from many of you regarding the ongoing debate centred around sidewalk snow clearing. With 2403 kilometres of sidewalk citywide, including 201 km in Ward 8, it’s an important matter and one we’d like to address here.

For more details, please continue reading below…

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Where’s the Plow?

Knock on wood, but we’ve been rather fortunate this winter. With very few major snowfalls, we’ve avoided certain tasks like shovelling, salting and shovelling again after the plow passes!

But when we do get a good accumulation of snow, our office sometimes receives inquiries about why their street might have been missed or overlooked during clean-up. With that in mind, we thought some helpful tips could help answer some of these questions.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Knock on wood, but we’ve been rather fortunate this winter. With very few major snowfalls, we’ve avoided certain tasks like shovelling, salting and shovelling again after the plow passes!

But when we do get a good accumulation of snow, our office sometimes receives inquiries about why their street might have been missed or overlooked during clean-up. With that in mind, we thought some helpful tips could help answer some of these questions.

For more, please continue reading below…

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