Category Archives: Schedules

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.

2017 Victoria Day Fireworks – Dundas Driving Park

The Victoria Day Celebration and Fireworks is supported by the City of Hamilton and presented by The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club will take place on Monday, May 22nd at dusk. (The event was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to rain.) This is a free event but the Rotary club would appreciate cash donations at the gate to help finance the club’s local and international service work. Snacks, soft drinks and glow sticks are available for purchase before the fireworks begin.

Live music and food trucks will be on site starting at 6pm. Fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, weather permitting.

For the last several years the HSR added extra buses on the 52 HEAD STREET branch of 5 DELAWARE to handle extra capacity to and from the fireworks. This added capacity is never confirmed ahead of time and this year will be no different.

HSR customer service had this to say earlier in the week, “Operations road supervision will supply whatever service they feel is necessary to accommodate any additional passenger loads.”

There are also no special HSR event shuttles for these fireworks.

To promote driving to the event the City of Hamilton will provide free parking at any one of the eight Dundas Municipal Parking lots

Notice: Holiday Schedule for Victoria Day Monday

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Victoria 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:



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:

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.

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:

New GO trips from McMaster start December 31st

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GO Transit is making some schedule modifications starting Saturday, December 31st with some minor changes to the 15A ALDERSHOT/MCMASTER route.

Starting December 31st two new Friday eastbound trips will depart McMaster University at 1:28 PM and 5:26 PM respectively. The additional Friday only eastbound trip departing from McMaster University at 2:25 PM has been cancelled. The existing 2:30 PM departure from McMaster University is unchanged.

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.

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

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The City of Hamilton has released their New Year’s Eve schedule for this year, which includes special extended service to many routes. Most routes have service departing the downtown core at around 2:30am.

This year New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday, which means that several routes will not be in operation. These include:


The following route already has extended late night hours and will operate at regular route times on New Year’s Eve.

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


Aside from the following exceptions, the last bus departing downtown Hamilton on New Year’s Eve 2:30 AM. The following are the exception routes and their final departures.

7 LOCKE – JAMES opposite KING WILLIAM – Final Departure: 1:45 AM
11 PARKDALE (NB) – VALLEY PARK LOOP – Final Departure: 1:36 AM
16 ANCASTER – MEADOWLANDS TERMINAL – Final Departure: 9:10 PM
18 WATERDOWN – ALDERSHOT GO STATION – Final Departure: 7:57 PM

34 UPPER PARADISE – MACNAB TRANSIT TERMINAL – Final Departure: 1:45 AM
41 MOHAWK (WB) – GAGE at INDUSTRIAL – Final Departure: 1:56 AM
41A MOHAWK (WB) – GAGE at INDUSTRIAL – Final Departure: 2:28 AM
41 MOHAWK (EB) – MEADOWLANDS TERMINAL – 1:48 AM
43 STONE CHURCH (EB) – MARTINDALE at GOLFLINKS – Final Departure: 2:07 AM
43 STONE CHURCH (WB) – HIGHLAND at AUBREY – Final Departure: 2:09 AM
44 RYMAL (EB) – ANCASTER BUSINESS PARK – Final Departure: 2:25 AM
44 RYMAL (WB) – EASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 2:30 AM
55 STONEY CREEK CENTRALEASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 2:15 AM
56 CENTENNIAL – EASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 5:30 PM
58 STONEY CREEK LOCAL – EASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 1:30 AM
MOHAWK EAST SHUTTLE – LIMERIDGE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 4:06 PM

The actual timetables for the routes are listed below.