Category Archives: News

What is the future of @HSRTransit and the Hamilton Transit Blog?

Serveral years ago I started working on a transit blog all about the HSR and transit in Hamilton. The goal of the blog was to curate and bring together relevant information about transit news and information for residents of the city of Hamilton into one place. With that in mind I also started a Twitter account @HSRTransit as well as several other social media profiles.

It took several years but the City of Hamilton finally got on board with an official Twitter account ( @HSR ) and they are doing a pretty good job with the account. It does everything that I was unable to do with the limitations I had. With the official account in place there isn’t a need for my day to day updates on social media and postings about HSR detours on the blog.

I knew this day would come as all things end and at least this chapter is coming to a close on a positive note. The city is finally joining the current century and is adequately keeping the public informed.

So what now?

Spring 2017 HSR schedules start March 26th

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With Spring finally upon us it’s time for the spring 2017 HSR schedules to launch. This year there are very little changes to report with only one route seeing any scheduling change at all. Route 34 UPPER PARADISE will see a very minor route modification, which is detailed below.

In addition to the schedule change, route 9 ROCK GARDENS resumes seasonal service effective May 14th and route 51 UNIVERSITY ends seasonal service with the final day of service scheduled for April 29th.

Full details are below.

March 17th, 2017 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton

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Consider this: For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

Transit Driver Appreciation Day is on March 18th, but we’re celebrating it on Friday, March 17th this year. Join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also print out and personalize any of the thank-you cards below to show your appreciation in person, and you can help spread the word. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)

Notice: Holiday Service for Family Day

familydayAs a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Family Day holiday this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

RELEASE: New 16 km Rapid Transit line planned to connect the Waterfront with Hamilton Airport

Ontario is moving forward with planning for a proposed 16 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that would connect the Hamilton waterfront to Hamilton International Airport, making it easier for people to travel across the city.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was joined by Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger today to announce the proposed line, which would also connect to the Hamilton Street Railway, the future Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) line, GO Transit buses, and the Hamilton GO Centre and West Harbour GO stations. Connections to key destinations such as Mohawk College, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and the West Harbour area will also be explored during the planning phase, and details such as the number of stops will be determined through further study by Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton.

46 New transit shelters installed through end of 2016

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If you’ve ever had to wait for a bus then you will know that the experience is more pleasant when there is shelter from the elements nearby. With that in mind the City of Hamilton has continued to expand the number of bus stops with transit shelters.

Through the end of 2016 there were 46 brand new transit shelters installed throughout the city, with more than 400 shelters throughout the HSR transit system.

The new shelters range from full to partial shelters and will make the act of waiting for the bus a more pleasant experience. More information on reporting graffiti and vandalism to city transit shelters can be found on the City of Hamilton website.

Say hello to route 42 MOHAWK EAST


As of January 1st, the MOHAWK EAST EXTRA shuttle route, which was extended to the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre back in September, will be renamed route 42 MOHAWK EAST. The route will continue on a trial basis until September of 2017. The usage of this route will be documented and analyzed to determine whether the extended and expanded route will continue.

42 MOHAWK EAST started as a very limited service route in 2008 which operated between MOUNTAIN BROW LOOP and LIMERIDGE MALL TERMINAL. The route was an extension of both the 21 UPPER KENILWORTH and 41 MOHAWK.

Winter HSR schedule changes effective January 1, 2017

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The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Winter edition of their quarterly Bus News. There are changes to the schedules on multiple routes. In addition the MOHAWK EAST SHUTTLE will be renamed 42 MOHAWK EAST.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday January 1st, 2017.

Cold Alert Issued for Hamilton – December 14th

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It’s going to get cold tonight.

With the extreme cold set to chill the region down tonight, the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 14th, 2016. A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15°C or -20°C with wind chill.

During the winter months, the MacNab Transit Terminal building stays open until the last bus departs. Weekdays amd Saturday nights that is approximately 1:30am.

City of Hamilton hires new Director of Transit

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The City of Hamilton is announced that Debbie Dalle Vedove is the successful candidate for the Director of Transit position with the City of Hamilton.

Transit plays a vital role in the health and wellbeing of residents in Hamilton. It connects people to their homes, jobs, local businesses, programs and services, family, social functions, and other transit networks. With nearly 30 years of experience in the transit industry, Debbie is poised to take on this important role leading transit in Hamilton.