Municipal Excellence

Anticipated Traffic Impacts of Light Rail Transit (LRT) on Hamilton

Challenge:
How might the LRT project affect traffic on the LRT Corridor and alternative routes, the economic growth of the downtown core, and provide health and environmental benefits to the community?

Student Names:
Anastasia Soukhov, Cole Bondarewski, Chris Leung, Amanda Reale, Mike Wang, Julian Riano, Stanley Qian, Andrea Giampuzzi, Justin Lawrence, Andres Alvarez

Staff Member:
Kris Jacobson, Acting Director, LRT Project Coordination

Instructor:
Moataz Mohamed

Course and Department:
CIVENG 4T04 Transportation Engineering II: Modelling, Transit, and ITS


The Hamilton LRT project is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to expanding transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This project presents a great opportunity for students to study the effects of the LRT on different aspects of the community. Questions surrounding projected traffic congestion, property values, anticipated employment growth, and improved environmental conditions due to decreased daily travel times and fuel consumption, can be explored.

Students of the McMaster Transportation Engineering class created a traffic simulation of the current and projected conditions on a section of King Street near McMaster University. They used statistical models to project current traffic data into the future. Students optimized LRT riders' travel times using a micro traffic simulation model. They consulted literature for additional traffic assignment modelling assumptions and reviewed literature discussing the economic and environmental impacts of the LRT project on Hamilton's community. 

Next students will generate suggestions to highlight the impacts of LRT and share their findings with community stakeholders. 

       Traffic assignment equilibrium loop

       Traffic assignment equilibrium loop

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                                           Traffic simulation of projected data using Synchro 5

 

                                        Traffic simulation of projected data using Synchro 5

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Your First Days in Hamilton Application: A Digital Tool to Help Newcomers Find Relevant Local Services

Challenge:
How can immigrant and refugee newcomers to Hamilton find information about relevant services, resources, and programs in a timely manner?
Hamilton view from the mountain

Hamilton view from the mountain

Student Names:
Bohan Gou, Julian A Fernandez M, Sebastian Rojas, Abdullah Mousavi

Staff Member:
Sarah Wayland, Senior Project Manager, Immigration Partnership, Healthy and Safe Communities Department

Community Partner:
Lily Martin-Lumsden, Senior Regional Manager, YMCA

 

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Community Partner:
Lily Martin-Lumsden, Senior Regional Manager, YMCA

Instructor:
Joe Varrasso, Esteve Hassan

Course and Department:
Software Engineering Project (Comp CO867), CSAIT

Mock up of the your first days in Hamilton app

Mock up of the your first days in Hamilton app

 

Newcomers to Hamilton require access to services to help them ease their transition. Many new immigrants and refugees experience difficulties finding and accessing the many services available to them. While there is a wealth of information available, it can be difficult to access in an easily organized and central way, particularly for those who are new to the city.

Students of the Software Engineering program at Mohawk College - Bohan, Julian, Sebastian, and Abdullah created an application to help newcomers find these resources, by creating a graphical user interface, and a newly designed home page for their application.

Next they will consult with the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council to further develop their design and content and explore further collaboration. 

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Value for Money: Is the City of Hamilton Receiving Value for Money from the Sewer Lateral Management Program (SLMP)?

Challenge:
Is the City of Hamilton Receiving Value for Money from the Sewer Lateral Management Program?
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Sewer Lateral Management diagram

Sewer Lateral Management diagram

Student Names:
Jake Bakker, Brianna Burke, Alfonso Coto, Matthew Dawe, Curtis Debonte, Michael Ferreira, Rosemarie Fritz, Hailey Jo Mantel, Johnathan Retsinas, Gloria Robinson, Neal Shepherd, Stephen Speelman, Alex Wouda.

Staff:
Amy Bodner, Performance Auditor, Audit Services Division, City Manager’s Office

Patricia Leishman, Manager, Process Improvement & Quality, Public Works Department

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Instructor:
Wayne Solomon

Course and Department: BUS 415 – Advanced Assurance Services, Business Department

To review the existing SLMP and ascertain, from a high level, what audit objectives, scope and methodology would look like if an audit were performed to ascertain if the City is receiving value for money from this program. Identify some of the risks of the program, how they might be investigated and provide a summary of pertinent issues to be addressed in the planning documents.

Students of the business department at Redeemer University College examined the existing policies and identified gaps in available information in the Sewer Lateral Management Program by analyzing current documents and overviewing Hamilton's current process. 

Next the students will determine how the testing of a value for money audit would be implemented and they will discover what source documents would be required to complete such an audit. Finally they will develop a partnership plan where students can test their high level analysis with stakeholders. 

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