56 CENTENNIAL to get Riverdale service pilot this fall

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In the fall bus service on route 56 CENTENNIAL will be modified, adding new service area coverage as well as shortening the route length on weekdays.

The Riverdale HSR service pilot will run between September 2018 and the end of April 2019. Ridership will be assessed each month for both the route as a whole and specific to the stops in the Riverdale neighbourhood.

If successful (measured by ridership) the program will continue through summer 2019 with permanent implementation as part of the 10 year transit strategy. If deemed unsuccessful (lack of interest, no or low usage, reduction of ridership, status quo) the program will be assessed to determine if any portion should be retained (frequency or span or Riverdale routing) or if the route should return to the way it was before the pilot.

This change is very similar to one formally proposed to the City of Hamilton by me back in 2014.

For Northbound routing (trips departing from Eastgate Transit Terminal) all trips will turn right into the Riverdale neighbourhood at Delawana Drive, left onto Grandville Avenue, left onto Violet Drive, and right back to Centennial Parkway. Temporary stops will be added on Grandeville Avenue, along the west side of 77 Delawana Drive.

For Southbound trips (heading towards Eastgate Transit Terminal) all trips will turn left at Violet Drive, right onto Grandville Avenue, right onto Delawana Drive, and left back to Centennial Parkway. Temporary stops will be added on Violet Drive, west of Grandville Avenue at the stop sign as well as on Grandville Avenue, north of Delawana Drive at the stop sign.

Service frequency and coverage time will be modified on weekdays with all service north of Confederation Plaza (Walmart) removed. Service will operate on a 30 minute headway between 7:15 am to 8:37 pm.

Current summer service runs every 60 minutes from 9:00am to 9:00pm.

Service coverage and frequency will remain status quo on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays running from
10:00am thru 6:00pm, every 45 minutes between Eastgate Square and Lakeland Loop.

It is unknown at this time if the HSR will adhere to route branch norms and designate the weekday shorter runs as 56A CENTENNIAL. This change also does nothing to address the insufficient transit service levels on Centennial Pkwy north of Barton Street.

Source: City of Hamilton