Fall 2015 Service Enhancements [UPDATED 7/19]

Proposed changes for FALL 2015 are summarized below. These changes represent Phase 1 of the Ten Year (2015-2024) Local Transit Strategy. Phase 1, to be rolled out over three periods (September 2015, March 2016 & September 2016) is comprised of actions designed to address current system deficiencies by applying the limited additional vehicles and operators where we will get the best return on investment.

System deficiencies were identified by analyzing various data samples like schedule deviation and passenger loadings (among many other data sets). A sample of that data can be seen in the tables on the following pages. Additionally, input from Operations and the passengers was equally important and valuable.

The strategies to be utilized to address the identified deficiencies can be a combination of one or more of the following actions.

  • Increased frequency
  • Additional school only trips
  • Additional running time
  • Additional layover
  • Route restructuring
  • Bus type allocation modifications

SCHEDULING / ROUTING CHANGES

Regular weekday schedules will resume operation on routes 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 33, 34, 35 and 41, as per past practice with the following modifications versus the Spring 2015 schedules:


(Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays)

  • One additional vehicle will be added during most time periods (more runtime & layover). Cannon service span on Sundays will remain at approximately 8:30am to 6:00pm.
  • Layover time has been increased to help with schedule adherence.

 


(Weekdays)

  • Interlining of 3 CANNON and 4 BAYFRONT will not be implemented. The trip shifting for the West Harbour GO Station that was implemented in the summer has been applied to the regular weekday schedule.

 


(Weekdays)

  • Minor trip shifting was done on all three routes in the early morning to connect with the recent revised GO train trips from the Hamilton GO station.

 


(Sundays)

  • The last day of operation will be Sunday, November 8.

 


(Weekdays & Saturdays)

  • As a result of a resident’s survey, this route will be reconfigured for a 1-year trial period to provide for improved coverage in residential and commercial area.
  • Route realignments include service on Hollybush (in place of Highway #6) and on Spring Creek (in place of Evans).
  • Service will be provided in both directions on Parkside, Dundas, Hollybush, Spring Creek and Burke.
  • Service frequency will be 30-minutes in both directions with one additional vehicle, with service span increased on Weekdays to include the base time period (8:30am to 3:00pm). On Saturdays, service frequency will be 30 minutes in both directions, between approximately 8:30am and 8:30pm.

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(Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays)

  • As part of the Mohawk College / James / Upper James corridor improvements, service coverage will be expanded, thru the addition of 2 peak vehicles (more runtime & layover), to include the Heritage Green Shopping Centre, via Mud, Pritchard, Stone Church, Paramount, Winterberry, Artfrank, and Upper Mount Albion.
  • This coverage expansion will operate during all time periods.
  • All buses will serve Mohawk College Fennell Campus in both directions.
  • Interlining with Route 33 SANATORIUM will cease.

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(Weekdays)

  • Minor trip shifting was done to improve connections to the early morning GO trains from the Hamilton GO Station.

 


(Weekdays)

  • One additional southbound early morning trip from the MacNab Transit Terminal has been added as per a customer request.

 


(Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays)

  • As part of the Mohawk College / James / Upper James corridor improvements, interlining with route 21 UPPER KENILWORTH will cease.
  • All buses will serve Mohawk College Fennell Campus in both directions. One additional weekday peak vehicle will be added (more runtime & layover)

 


(Weekdays & Saturdays)

  • As part of the King / Main / Queenston corridor improvements, articulated buses will be assigned to all keys.
  • Route 51 UNIVERSITY exhibited very high loadings and subsequent late running (more so than routes 1 KING & 10 B-LINE EXPRESS which will look to address in upcoming boards).
  • 011051_boardingsperhour_2015Weekday peak period service frequency will be increased during the base, PM peak, and evening time periods with up to 4 additional vehicles, with PM peak frequency adjusted to 7.5 minutes from the current 10 minutes. This service enhancement should also help Routes 1 KING & 10 B-LINE EXPRESS.
  • On Saturdays, service span will be increased, with increases in service frequency during the mid-day period to 20 minutes from 30 minutes. Introducion of Sunday service will be reviewed.
  • Additional service delivery from April 30th thru to Labour Day will be reviewed during 2015 with enhancements to take effect during Phase 1 of the Local Transit Strategy implementation, planned for Spring 2016.

 


(Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays)

  • The service to and from Wild Waterworks at Confederation Park will no longer operate, as per past practice. The frequency was revised to 45 minutes (from 60) as a result.

 


(Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays)

  • The last day of operation for this route will be Labour Day, Monday, September 7th.

These planned enhancements are subject to change.