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Summer 2017 Schedule Changes

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The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Summer 2017 edition of their quarterly Bus News online. There are changes to the schedules, including the return of summer service on multiple routes.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday June 25th, 2017.

Another summer of inadequate service coming for 56 CENTENNIAL

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On Sunday, June 25th the Hamilton Street Railway will switch to summer schedules. As per every year that means that many routes will adopt summer schedules which sees a reduction in frequencies. One such route is the north-south route on the edge of Stoney Creek, the 56 CENTENNIAL. However this reduction does at best a disservice since the route was changed in 2012.

Prior to 2012 route 56 was known as 56 CONFEDERATION PARK. The route was a summer only service which only ran during the summer months and only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The routing for this old route is the same as the current incarnation 56 CENTENNIAL except for two differences. The route did not service the Walmart Supercentre plaza as it did not exist previously and the route had far better service times.

Here’s a little bit of history.

As previously mentioned route 56 CONFEDERATION PARK only operated in the summer months on weekends. During this time the route ran on a 45 minute frequency between Eastgate Terminal and the Lakeland Pool loop, stopping at Wild Waterworks in both directions. The first bus departed Eastgate at 9:15 AM and the last bus headed towards the beach at 8:30 PM. The final departure headed back towards Eastgate from the Wild Waterworks waterpark in Confederation Park was 9:00 PM, a full hour after the waterpark closes in the summer.

PRESTO Cards now available at Select Shoppers Drug Mart Stores in Toronto

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Metrolinx and the province are making steps to make the PRESTO fare card more accessible for purchasing, loading, and reloading. Today marks the launch of a trial for a third party vendor network in the GTA. If the test is successful it could be rolled out to the entire GTHA, including Hamilton.

Beginning today, customers will be able to buy, load, and set discounts for children, elementary and high school students and seniors on their PRESTO cards at 10 Shoppers Drug Mart locations across the city of Toronto, with more locations to be added later this year.

An up-to-date list of all PRESTO retail outlets is available at prestocard.ca.

Limeridge Mall Transit Terminal to be redeveloped


Somewhat overlooked during the 2017 budget process among all of the hoopla with the endless LRT debate in Hamilton, as well as the deferral of the 10-year transit plan by council, are the other transit related notes hidden within the budget.

Many of the items that are listed in the budget are items that are partially being funded through the federal government’s PTIF, which stands for Public Transportation Infrastructure Fund. The fund pays for 50% of the capital costs of approved projects as long as the municipality picks up the remaining cost.

Projects included in this funding, which are approved in the 2017 capital budget, include “226 automated passenger counters” to accurately count actual transit usage and the “Design and planning of New Maintenance & Storage Facility in lower Hamilton.”

2017 Holiday Service Schedule for Easter Weekend

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Good Friday on April 14th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all. The HSR will be operating on a regular Sunday schedule on Sunday April 16th for Easter Sunday and will be operating on a regular weekday schedule on Easter Monday, April 17th.

The following routes will not be in service on Good Friday or Easter Sunday:

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.