That said, a bus link to the airport makes sense. The life of air travel is going to be much shorter than rail. If we build rail there, it will be a train to nowhere in about 20 years anyway.
Let's keep the rails closer to the core. The city will be forced to compact over the next couple of decades anyway whether we like it or not. We may as well do it in style.
There's a lot to be angry about lately: the Big Box Centre Mall redevelopment, the Walmart at Centennial Parkway, Trinity at the McMaster Innovation Park, obsession with buses, and useless ice-packed bike lanes and sidewalks - while cars get five lanes high and dry.
Then we have our myopic VIA/GO/HSR plans. We have a downtown terminal already built, but instead of investing in it, they want to build some new platforms (likely to be ugly as sin) and spread them all over the city.
I know the Hunter tunnel is a problem but if they can build a subway in Toronto, we can certainly come up with a solution for a two-block long tunnel. Its just that we don't want to.
We can invest billions of dollars in roads, but a few million for a proper solution to Hunter is somehow impossible. Hell, stop Hunter at James Street if we have to.
For visitors to Hamilton arriving on VIA, GO, Greyhound, etc., their first impression will be the Station. Hunter is amazing and we are just going to relegate it to Greyhound and commuter rush hour trains and build some crumby thing in the north or east end.
Why are we are such a lame city? Perhaps we deserve the national mockery we get. The only saving grace will be if the north terminal truly operates 24hr GO/VIA and ties into the waterfront in a beautiful way.
I wouldn't count on it, though. It's going to be a concrete pad and a grated metal outdoor staircase up to an unsheltered bus stop on the street.
Welcome to Hamilton.
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