Hamilton's transit only lane facing delay

The one-year pilot project to install a transit-only lane along King Street is delayed.
A rendering of the King Street transit-only lane. (City of Hamilton)

Hamilton's transit-only lane along King Street is facing a delay, city staff confirm.

City councillors voted in May in favour of the one-year pilot project that will make the north lane of King Street East between Mary and Dundurn streets exclusive to bus transit. It was expected to be installed by the beginning of the month, but now will be operational "sometime this fall," said Kelly Anderson, public affairs coordinator for the city's public works department.

The transit-only lane is meant to get busses moving faster along the busy corridor and will bump parking on the north side of King Street East to the south side. Businesses will also have to rely on the south lane for loading.

The public works department previously voted down the $300,000 project before council reversed the decision.

Many councillors were supportive of the pilot in May.

"This will give us the opportunity to introduce dedicated transit lanes and give Hamiltonians a sense of what it would look like," said Coun. Brian McHattie, who introduced the motion.

But King Street landlord Konstantine Takis told CBC Hamilton the lane would hurt business in the main corridor.

Anderson couldn't speak to why the installation was delayed.