Transportation

Hamilton is situated in the cluster of highways, train lines and airports that service southern Ontario, allowing you easy and convenient access to our city.

Increasing transportation options for Hamiltonians is a critical piece of ensuring a strong quality of life. We want to:

  • Continue to develop accessible transit in Hamilton
  • Make transit faster and more reliable
  • Provide safe and convenient walking and cycling environments with connections to transit
  • Combine different modes of transportation to maximize connections to transit

Giving transit priority

In October 2013, the City launched its first transit-only lane on King Street in the downtown core. The purpose of the pilot project is to evaluate the success, acceptance, and function of a transit-only lane to help assess the viability of rapid transit along this route in the future.

Improved pedestrian safety at key intersections

Public Works initiated a pilot project to enhance pedestrian safety by installing ladder-style crosswalks at approximately 40 intersections across the city. These crosswalks make it easier for motorists to see pedestrians crossing at intersections, which improves safety and walkability. Bump outs and knockdown sticks were installed to provide a safe barrier for pedestrians at some intersections.

Enhanced bus service and passenger amenities

In 2014, improvements to two major east west corridors above the escarpment  including Route 43 Stone Church and Route 44 Rymal and an extension of the A-Line Route 20 to the waterfront. A citywide shelter expansion program with over 60 new shelters and several enhanced shelters is also being implemented.

New cycling infrastructure

Bike Share program

The City, in partnership with Social Bicycles, has implemented a bike share program in Hamilton. The program offers a system of 750 bicycles and 105 hubs. The hubs serve transit riders, commuter cyclists, recreational cyclists and visitors to our city.

Cannon Street Bi-directional Cycle Track

The Cannon Street Bi-directional Cycle Track is a 3 km, east-west link, in the cycling network in the lower central Hamilton area that connects the residents of Wards 1, 2 and 3 to other city cycling lanes.

Air travel

John C. Munro, Hamilton International Airport is one of the easiest airports to navigate, with ample and affordable parking, short walking distances and quick exit times. Getting to Hamilton and other southern Ontario destinations are handled by transportation services ranging from on-site taxi services, Hamilton Street Railway and car rental agencies.

For International destinations, Pearson International Airport in Toronto is the major gateway. Getting to Hamilton from the Pearson International  Airport is no problem with many car rental and land transportation options available at the Land Transportation Desks located in each terminal. Hamilton is only 45 minutes away from the airport and it’s an easy drive along Highway 403.