Benefits and gaps to goal of Hamilton as a transportation gateway: McMaster study
The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) recently released the findings and recommendations of a study that examined the City of Hamilton in terms of its potential as a goods movement gateway serving the Southern Ontario region.
"The central thesis of this report is that economic development and job creation need not conflict with environmental sustainability," said Pavlos Kanaroglou, director of MITL. "Development of employment lands coupled with a strong urban intensification strategy and investment in public transit infrastructure is ideal for promoting economic interaction and gateway development while minimizing congestion and transport related emissions."
Should Hamilton be successful in its quest to develop as a gateway, the report identified several important benefits to expect and some are already coming to fruition. These are as follows:
Many of the key components to make Hamilton a gateway for Southern Ontario are already in place. However to an investigation of gateway cities from around the world reveals several proven principles that Hamilton should take into account:
"Hamilton currently has gaps between where it is and where it can be as a gateway. Pursuing steps outlined above will help to close those gaps," said Pavlos Kanaroglou, director of MITL. "Developments that are contrary to these themes, such as suburban residential sprawl, will only increase the gaps."
The McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics will continue to focus on successes of other gateways and to communicate this insight to the public and stakeholders. The objective is to keep Hamilton's gateway development current with worldwide best practices as they evolve.