Master Plans & Class EAs

Truck Route Master Plan

Review of the Truck Route Master Plan

The City of Hamilton is undertaking a review of the Truck Route Master Plan (TRMP). The City’s Strategic Plan and Transportation Master Plan establishes the overarching principals of the TRMP study.

Since the 2010 Truck Route Master Plan was completed, a number of new planning considerations have emerged. The review and refinement will be based on alignment with:

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

Objectives the TRMP Review

In consultation with the public, goods movement industry, Business Improvement Areas, and other stakeholder groups, the objectives of the Truck Route Master Plan Review are to:

  • Review the existing truck route network, including issues, challenges and opportunities identified by stakeholders and the public.
  • Identify the current and projected truck route-related problems that need to be addressed.
  • Develop, evaluate, and recommend alternative truck route networks.
  • Recommend supporting policies and tools that the City can consider to mitigate the current problems and manage the potential future challenges.

Location: City Wide

Status: Active


Truck Route Network

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. Virtually all goods consumed in Hamilton, and in the supply chain process reaches consumers by trucks. The City of Hamilton operates a designated truck route network that designates where truck traffic can travel in order to:

  • Recognize and minimize the impacts of truck traffic on the interests of the greater community such as safety, congestion, noise, and air quality
  • Support economic and employment activities
  • Support the safe and efficient movement of goods and services
  • Protect the City’s road infrastructure that cannot bear heavy loads or roads where truck traffic would be unsuitable (e.g. narrow lanes, weight restrictions on bridges)

Currently, the City is managing its truck route network using a hybrid truck route signing system utilizing both permissive and restrictive truck route signing. 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. The study recommends ways to managing the truck route network, including maintenance, truck route signage, and a methodology for dealing with truck route network issues in the future.

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), rural area issues
  • Emerging truck technologies and policies.

Hamilton’s Truck Route Master Plan (PDF,11 MB) is intended to recommend a truck route network, and the policies and implementation strategy that will assist the City in managing the truck route network over the next five years. It provides recommendations for future action, policies for truck route signage, and a methodology for dealing with truck route network issues in the future.

Contact us

Omar Shams
Project Manager, Transportation Planning
City of Hamilton
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext 7474
Email: [email protected]