Ancaster Transportation Master Plan

The community of Ancaster has experienced rapid growth since the mid-nineteen nineties. As a result, traffic volumes have increased in the Ancaster urban area, resulting in congestion and traffic infiltration in area neighbourhoods.

Hamilton's Ancaster Transportation Master Plan (PDF, 11 MB) was initiated to further develop and build upon the recommendations made in the city-wide plan and establish the requirements to address short, medium and long term transportation improvements for the Ancaster area.

The purpose of the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan is to:

  • review the recommendations made in the city-wide plan
  • develop a transportation network and strategy that address existing and future needs of Ancaster’s residents, businesses and visitors to 2031 and result in a more liveable community.

The community of Ancaster, in the City of Hamilton, has experienced rapid growth since the mid‐nineties. This has led to an increase in traffic volumes in the Ancaster urban area, resulting in congestion and traffic infiltration. A Transportation Master Plan was undertaken to prepare a transportation strategy to support Ancaster’s current and future transportation needs.  

Hamilton is anticipated to experience population and employment growth by 2031 which will affect travel  patterns  across the region.   According  to the HTMP, the community of Ancaster had a population of 33,170 in 2006. This is expected to increase to approximately 36,000  by 2011 and 39,000 by 2031. During the same period, employment is expected to increase from 6,000 to over 13,000 jobs. Modelling undertaken as part of the ATMP reflects these population and employment projections. It also encompasses the AEGD (southeast  of  Ancaster)  which  is projected to contain over 28,000 jobs by 2031. 

The Ancaster Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) started with a review of recommendations in a prior transportation  study (Ancaster Comprehensive Transportation Study, 2001) and the 2007 Hamilton Transportation Master Plan (HTMP).  It then compared these recommendations against existing conditions (a  “Do‐Nothing”  scenario) and, either adopted, rejected or modified them to support Ancaster’s transportation network.   

The study was also coordinated  with other planning strategies,including the Ontario Places to Grow Act (2005),the Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS) (2006), Vision 2020 (1992),the Rural Hamilton Official Plan (2006), and the Urban Hamilton Official Plan (2009). Findings  from the Airport Employment Growth District (2010) study were incorporated as well those from the City’s Rapid Transit Feasibility Study (2007).

The community of Ancaster is active and engaged. They value the heritage and cultural assets in their community.  With this in mind, the specific objectives of the ATMP study were established to: 

  • Identify mobility needs for people and goods that are consistent with Ancaster values;
  • Identify opportunities and targets for transportation mode choices, including public transit, cycling and pedestrian facilities;
  • Identify  infrastructure  improvements  that  are  sensitive  to  the  community  character, including the existing heritage features;
  • Develop a transportation strategy that supports Ancaster’s urban land uses;
  • Integrate policies, programs, funding and infrastructure needs;
  • Develop a Transportation Master Plan for Ancaster; and
  • Satisfy Phases 1 & 2 of the Municipal Class EA process.

Ancaster is located in the southwest quadrant of the City of Hamilton.The study area is bounded to the north by the Niagara Escarpment, Jerseyville Road, and the section of Highway 403 between Trinity Road/Highway 52 and Shaver Road, and to the south by Garner Road and Book Road. The western boundary is formed by Trinity Road/ Highway 52 and the eastern limit is a utility corridor that roughly extends from Scenic Drive to Glancaster Road.  The study area is characterized as a mix of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, open space, vacant and agricultural land uses.    

Existing roads within the study area are primarily two lane and  four  lane  arterial  and  collector  roadways with the exception of Highway 403 and Highway 6 which  are provincial highways, and the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway. Transit service has grown over the past number of years, but is fairly  limited.  Cycling,  pedestrian  and  trails  facilities  are  also  limited  due  to  the  natural  barriers  and/or missing connections; but recent plans have been approved to address these issues. 

Recommendations from a number of studies for roads, transit, cycling, and goods movement were considered  as  part of this study. These recommendations, combined with input  from various  stakeholders, residents, and the City of Hamilton’s Technical Advisory Committee helped shape the analysis. The public consultation program for the study included stakeholder meetings, a public information centre and numerous meetings with community  groups  such  as  the  Ancaster Community Council, the Ancaster Heritage Village and Preserve Ancaster Village. 

Specific transportation goals identified for the Ancaster transportation network were incorporated into the proposed network scenarios and include: 

  • Reduce commuter traffic infiltration and congestion:
    • 2006 single occupant vehicles mode split at 69% with a target to reduce to 52% by 2031;
    • 2006 auto passenger mode split is 11% with a target to maintain or increase this by 2031;
  • Increase transit mode share:
    • 2006 transit mode split at 3% with a target of 12% by 2031;
  • Provide facilities for alternative modes of transportation (e.g. walking and cycling):
    • 2006 walking/cycling mode split at 5% with a target of 15% by 2031;
  • Involve a range of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures (carpooling, tele‐work, etc.) and promote Active Modes (walking, cycling, etc.).

As the ATMP recommendations are implemented, the City should monitor  progress  on  a  regular  basis to ensure that new transit service, walking/cycling infrastructure and related TDM programs are effective toward achieving these goals. 

The City of Hamilton’s transportation model was used to determine travel demand needs in the study area, factoring in the above mode share targets. Problem areas were identified and addressed through the development of twelve  (12)  possible network alternatives  for Ancaster, including  existing conditions (i.e. a “do nothing” alternative).  

The study team heard from a tremendously engaged citizenry over the course of the study which had an impact on the outcome. Key comments received from the public throughout this study indicated: 

  • Significant  concern  regarding  proposed  arterial  road  widenings,  roundabouts  and  centre two‐way left turn lanes;
  • A need to maintain community and historical village character;
  • Willingness on residents’ part to accept existing level of service for transportation;
  • A need to address Highway 403 congestion/cut through traffic;
  • A need to improve direct access to Highway 403; and
  • A need to improve pedestrian and cycling connects.

View the full Executive summary in the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan (PDF, 11 MB).

Appendices:

Appendix A - Phase 1 Report (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Appendix B - Natural Environment - available by request only
Appendix C - Model Report (PDF, 10 MB)
Appendix D - Archaeological (PDF, 11 MB)
Appendix E - Public Consultation - available by request only

Contact us

Mohan Philip
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3438
tplanning@hamilton.ca