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GEOG 1HB3 Lecture Notes - Firstontario Centre, York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

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Jacqueline Chan
Hoyan Ko
Human Geographies: City and Economy
Assignment 2
LRT Route Proposal for Central Hamilton: North-South Route
Dr. Walter Peace
November 27th, 2012 (3:30 4:20)
November 27th, 2012

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The purpose of this project is to determine three stations of a route that links the
north-end of Hamilton where the harbor is located with south Hamilton, which is where
the Hamilton International Airport is at (Peace, 71). Students are given a boundary to
plan their route between Queen Street and John Street, and within King Street and
Barton Street. In order to find the best locations for each station and ensure the route
flows smoothly, the field study guidelines are followed to insure proper field notes are
made and to ensure the safety of the students. By completing this assignment, students
will have learned basic knowledge on how the transportation system function within the
city of Hamilton (Peace, 71). As this is a group task, students will develop or improve
strong cooperation skills. The compulsory field study will allow students to experience the
authentic process of drawing sketch maps and making field notes and will give them the
opportunity to connect the dots between what they have learned in Geography 1HB3 to
real life scenarios (Peace, 71).
Three stations have been determined within the boundaries that will run on the
north-south route. The first station is at James and King Street. This location is very
popular to citizens of Hamilton since it is the busiest intersection of Central Hamilton, as
it is known as the Jackson Square Mall. The next station is located at York Boulevard and
Bay Street. This intersection is located in a transitional area between downtown Hamilton
and a residential area. It is very close to the Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School, the
Hamilton Public Library, Salvation Army, Federal Building and the Copps Coliseum. Last
but not least, the third station is at Barton and Bay Street. This station is designed to be
built in a residential area which has no public transport station nearby. It takes twenty
minutes to walk to Jackson Square. Therefore, a public transportation is needed in this

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area to make Hamilton more accessible for these residents who do not have cars. In depth
reasons behind the choices of these stations are discussed throughout the report and the
reasons will be justified and support by the field surveys.
Background Information
LRT, which stands for Light Rail Transit, is an urban electrically powered
transportation (What is LRT, 2011). It can carry a high capacity of passengers and as a
train that runs on an „on-the-surface‟ rail, it provides easy access for passengers of all
ages (What is LRT, 2011). This transit is more than an addition to the transportation
system, it is an affordable and zero-emission way of transport for the citizens of
Hamilton. Even though it runs on the streets with other vehicles, LRT is given the private
right-of-way. It is guaranteed to be safe, comfortable, and smooth (What is LRT, 2011).
Subways and buses are known to create a high volume of annoying noises, but LRT is not
the same. It is quiet and can be integrated into the landscape of the neighborhood IWhat
is LRT, 2011). It is environmentally friendly and reliable as it can continue its operation
when snow and ice cover the roads (What is LRT, 2011). As a whole, this citywide project
is more than bringing people from one destination to another.
Hamilton‟s LRT project brings multiple benefits to the city. The benefits can be
separated into five categories. First and foremost, LRT will strengthen Hamilton‟s
economy by increasing land value and its assessment value, creating jobs, and stimulating
urban development as it attracts investments by private sectors (Key Benefits, 2011). LRT
will also „refresh‟ the city as it will make downtown Hamilton to be more attractive,
increasing community development, connecting different mixed-use communities, and
reducing traffic congestion in the core of the city (Key Benefits, 2011). Furthermore, LRT
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