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City and ATU talks continue Wednesday; Transit strike could start as early as Thursday

The City of Hamilton and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 will be back at the negotiating table on Wednesday as both parties look to avoid job action.

One of the sticking points was sufficient restroom facilities and the time to use them. The city has stated that it will take 3-5 years to implement and the ATU has agreed.

The transit union is looking for a 5 year deal at with a 2% wage increase for the cost of living increases. The City of Hamilton countered with 1.6% and the ATU lowered their proposal 1.8%. HSR transit operators are paid $3-4 less than other major transit agencies in the GTA.

Parties will be going back to the negotiations table on Wednesday December 18, 2019 in the hopes of reaching a tentative agreement that we can recommend to our membership. Although the union remains optimistic that this goal is obtainable, they continue to prepare should the parties not be successful in reaching a tentative agreement.hsr_mountain_garage

Ontario Government pulls the plug on Light Rail Transit in Hamilton

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The Ontario Government announced that they are pulling the plug on Light Rail Transit in Hamilton.

Today, the Government of Ontario announced the cancellation of the procurement for the Hamilton LRT project.

Infrastructure Ontario has notified the Proponent teams who were bidding on the project. As per the Break Fee policy outlined in the Request for Proposals, teams will receive a stipend according to their involvement in the procurement process. IO and Metrolinx will be meeting with teams in the coming days to discuss next steps.

Over the coming weeks, the Province will work with the City to determine alternative opportunities to deliver on its $1 billion funding commitment to ensure the City gets the transportation infrastructure that it needs.

HSR offers extended New Year’s Eve service; free after 6:00 PM

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The HSR will offer free service for everyone on New Year’s Eve again this year. Rides on the HSR will be free after 6:00pm.

On Tuesday, December 31, the HSR will operate on regular weekday schedules. Evening service will be extended on most routes, with the last trips leaving the downtown area at 2:30 am.

The following routes operate on their regular route times on New Year’s Eve and WILL NOT have extended hours.




Get on Board the Consultation Bus

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Earlier this year the City of Hamilton’s Transit Division began a comprehensive community engagement campaign to (Re)envision the HSR. A survey designed by world-class transportation experts at McMaster University ran until April 2019, receiving tremendous community uptake by current and future targeted customers across the city. The nearly 6,000 responses are being used in the next phase, where they are being analyzed.

One of the recommendations in the City of Hamilton’s Public Engagement Policy, made by the Hamilton Engagement Committee and endorsed by Council in April 2015, was the creation of a mobile ‘one stop’ engagement bus.

Recognizing that residents are looking for engagement opportunities beyond traditional methods like Public Information Centers (PICs) only, the HSR is taking our public engagement activities on the road!

Ontario Introducing Free Wi-Fi on GO Transit in 2020; Future of HSR Wi-Fi

Today, it was announced that free Wi-Fi is coming to GO buses and trains next year.

Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,475 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi beginning in 2020.

Beginning spring 2020, commuters on a GO bus or train will be able to stay connected with their mobile devices with a free, reliable, high-quality, wireless internet connection.

“More and more people depend on their phones to be able to work, study and keep in touch with friends and family during their daily commute,” said MPP Gill. “Bringing Wi-Fi to GO trains and buses will make traveling by GO a better, more convenient experience for people in Milton.”

Bell Manor to close for Reconstruction

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While nothing is listed online yet, notices have gone up at Bell Manor Loop in East Hamilton advising customers that Bell Manor Loop will close in late August for reconstruction.

The notice (pictured below) list the construction dates as “Late August to mid-September.”

* UPDATE The detour notice was posted this afternoon. Closure will take place Friday, August 23rd, at 7:00am to Friday, September 27th, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm.

GO Buses will start servicing Confederation station this November

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With the announcement of a market-driven approach to delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, Metrolinx has decided to scale back the plans for the development of Confederation GO station. For the time being, they are giving priority to getting more service to West Harbour, which is ready to receive more customers and underutilized.

Starting November 2nd however, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available.

10 B-LINE EXPRESS gets extended; Saturday service starting September 1st

There are some pretty solid service changes coming in September to the HSR in Hamilton. The most notable of a change is to route 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, the East-West express bus that operates between the Eastgate Transit Terminal and University Plaza in Dundas. The route has added service on Saturdays and service on weekdays has been extended by three hours, ending at 10:00pm instead of 7:00pm.

Route 44 RYMAL will get extended north to the Walmart Plaza just south of the QEW every day of the week while 56 CENTENNIAL will return to operating on weekends only in the area. 18 WATERDOWN will also see a short extension to Plains Road in Burlinton to make up for the removal of Burlington Transit’s 1 PLAINS bus from the Aldershot GO Station.

Here is a summary of the changes coming in September.

March 18th, 2019 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we started to promote Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Ontario. It was called “Bus Driver Appreciation Day” back in 2014 when we started to spread the word about the day, which was found online in 2013.

At that point none of the transit agencies in Ontario celebrated the day and now, five years later many do.

On March 18th, 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. 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!)

Megabus service from Toronto Coach Terminal to Hamilton International Airport starts March 31st

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Coach Canada today announced that they are launching new MEGABUS service from the Toronto Coach Terminal to the Hamilton International Airport.

Daily departures are set to start on March 31st with one daily trip. The trip departs the Toronto Coach Terminal at 610 Bay Street in downtown Toronto at 3:00pm and arrives at the Hamilton International Airport at 4:45pm.

The one way fare is set at $21.