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Get Your PRESTO Card at Fortinos in Hamilton

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

HSR 1013 in a Presto full wrap

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.

12 WENTWORTH detoured May 8-31 due to Wentworth closure

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Effective Monday, May 8th, 2017 from approximately 9:00 AM until Friday, May 31st, 2017 at approximately 9:00 PM weather permitting, Wentworth Street will be closed from Brant Street to Mars Avenue due to construction to install sewer infrastructure for brownfield development.

During this time 12 WENTWORTH buses will be on detour as follows.

2017 Lynne’s Legacy Run Closures Detour 6 ABERDEEN on Saturday

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Macklin Road will be closed for Lynne’s Legacy Run on Saturday, May 6th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. As a result, route 6 ABERDEEN will be using the Princess Point Loop to turn around to travel north and south on Longwood.

During this time route 6 ABERDEEN will be detoured as follows:

41 MOHAWK detoured April 24-May 9 due to construction

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Effective Monday, April 24th, 2017 until approximately Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, the intersection of Ottawa Street and Beach Road will be closed due to construction.

During this time southbound 41 MOHAWK (via Kenilworth) buses will be on detour as follows.

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.”

5 DELAWARE detoured due to Justine Avenue closure April 24th

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Effective Monday, April 24, 2017 from approximately 7:00 AM until approximately 6:00 PM weather permitting, Justine Avenue from Province Avenue to King Street will be closed due to construction.

During this time eastbound 5 DELAWARE buses will be on detour as follows.

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:

Around the Bay Road Race detours multiple routes March 26th

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This summarizes detours due to the Around the Bay Road Race. As in past years, this event consists of both a 30k run (approximately 9,000 runners entered) and a 5k run (approximately 2,500 runners entered).

THIRTY KILOMETRE RACE

The 30K race will start at York and Caroline and will continue east on York, north on James and east on Burlington Street (the diversion via Guise and Dock Service Road will not be used this year). The race will then exit Burlington Street to Woodward Avenue and then continue with the routing that has been used in previous years.

At 9:30 AM, the race starts at York/Caroline and proceeds as described above. No traffic will be allowed through on the cross streets while the runners are on James (Cannon and Barton) at the start of the race for a period of about 15-20 minutes while the runners clear the intersections.

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.