Keep or scrap the bus lane? Councillors will debate tonight

Hamilton’s controversial downtown transit lane will be the focus of discussion this evening as Hamilton city council debate its future, with Mayor Fred Eisenberger hoping to broker a compromise. Follow the debate here
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Hamilton’s controversial downtown transit lane will be the focus of discussion this evening as Hamilton city council debate whether to scrap it altogether or find ways to make it better.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger will introduce a motion to look at modifying the lane, which runs from Mary to Dundurn Street.

On the flipside, Coun. Chad Collins will try to gain support to stop enforcing the lane.

The transit lane was supposed to be a one-year pilot project running from October 2013 to October 2014. But with the Oct. 27 election, it’s been extended.

Staff will come back with a report on Jan. 7, Eisenberger says. He wants to include options such as making the lane rush-hour only and allowing high-occupancy vehicles.

Collins says most residents he’s talked to don’t like the lane.

Also on Wednesday’s city council agenda:

CBC Hamilton reporter Samantha Craggs will tweet live from the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. at city hall. Follow her at @SamCraggsCBC or in the window below.

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