GO Bus service in Hamilton increasing in September

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The fall means changes to bus schedules, both for the HSR and GO Transit in Hamilton. While the extent of the minor changes to local bus service is still to be announced, GO Transit has released details for their fall service changes.

Beginning in September GO Transit will be increasing service to routes around the GTA including services to, from, and through Hamilton.

Below is a summary of the changes to services from GO Transit’s release.

Route 12 (Niagara Falls/Burlington GO)

  • New Route 12C will serve all stops from Burlington GO to St. Catharines and replaces discontinued Route 12D.
    • Five new weekday eastbound trips will depart Burlington GO at 6:09 a.m., 7:12 a.m., 3:06 p.m., 4:12 p.m., and 5:17 p.m.
    • Four new weekday westbound trips will depart St. Catharines at 7:20 a.m., 3:24 p.m., 4:31 p.m., and 5:31 p.m.
    • The addition of these trips, with existing trips, will provide approximately 30 minute service between Burlington GO and St. Catharines during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Some weekday trip times have changed to provide a more consistent schedule with hourly service.
  • The weekday westbound 7 a.m. trip from Burlington will now depart at 6:35 a.m. to provide earlier morning service to Niagara College, arriving at 8 a.m.
  • At Burlington GO Station, buses will return to using the south bus loop as construction there is now complete.

Route 16 (Hamilton/Toronto Express)

  • There are changes to some Friday trips to better match our services with customer demand.
    • Afternoon trip times changed to provide service every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes, with some departures 10 minutes later, and the following trips cancelled:
      • The 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. westbound trips are cancelled.
      • The 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:45 p.m. eastbound trips are cancelled.

Route 18 (Lakeshore West)

  • At Burlington GO Station, buses will return to using the south bus loop as construction there is now complete.

Route 40 (Hamilton/Richmond Hill)

  • Buses will now serve Dixie Transitway Station and a temporary stop near the future Renforth Station, opening later this fall, on the Mississauga Transitway.
    • At Dixie, there is parking, a Park and Ride, and connections to MiWay buses.
    • Near the temporary Renforth stop, there are connections to TTC and MiWay buses.
    • Both stops will give access to the Airport Corporate Centre.
  • Service to/from Pearson Airport will now be 24 hours, seven days a week:
    • Six new weekday eastbound trips will depart Hamilton at 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:20 a.m. to provide 30 minute midday service.
    • Seven new weekday westbound trips will depart Richmond Hill at 3:15 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. to provide 30 minute midday service.
    • New weekend eastbound trip will depart Hamilton at 2:20 a.m.
    • New weekend westbound trip will depart Richmond Hill at 3:15 a.m.
  • Schedules will be adjusted for some trips for improved reliability and to better reflect actual travel times, with some earlier departures.

Route 47 (Hamilton/York University)

  • Three new weekday Route 47C trips will depart Erin Mills at 9:18 a.m., 9:48 a.m., and 10:18 a.m. to provide more express options to McMaster University.
  • Trips to schools that were suspended for the summer will return for the school year, except for Route 47D service, which is cancelled due to low ridership.
  • Schedules will be adjusted for some trips for improved reliability and to better reflect actual travel times, with some earlier departures.

While the City of Hamilton continues to stagnate with improving transit in Hamliton by deferring the 10 year transit improvement plan it’s nice to see GO Transit continuing to add and increase service where needed.

These changes go into effect on September 2nd.

Source: GO Transit