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44 RYMAL extended north to Walmart in September

Beginning Fall 2019, route 44 RYMAL will be extended to service Walmart on Centennial Parkway just south of the QEW. Customers along the corridor between Eastgate Square and Walmart will benefit from 30 minute frequencies in non-peak mid-day service periods, 20 minute frequencies in am and pm peak service periods, and 1 hour frequencies in the night-time service period.

Customers along the corridor will also benefit from expanded hours to match the current route 44 RYMAL span of approximately 5:30 am to 12:30 am Monday through Saturday and 6 am to 12 midnight on Sundays.

The extension greatly exceeds the current service span and frequency of 56 CENTENNIAL.

Burlington Transit making big changes come September

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Burlington Transit is making some significant changes come September. Beginning on September 1st, 2019, Burlington Transit will make big changes to the transit system, including the introduction of new routes, schedules and frequencies.

Burlington Transit is moving more towards a transit system that operates on a grid network, with bus service along the city’s most-travelled roads in an east-west and north-south direction. The city states that establishing a grid network will create a transit network with more frequent and better-connected service to help meet the mobility needs of the community.

For the most part operating on a grid network eases confusion of the network as a whole and making navigating to and from destinations much easier.

HSR Fare Increase effective September 1st, 2019

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As part of the ten year transit strategy, HSR fares are increasing effective September 1st, 2019. The increases are a continuation of the Ten Year (2015-2024) Local Transit Strategy.

Authorized ticket and pass vendors will begin to sell 2019-2020 Tickets in mid-August with a new expiry date of August 31, 2020 and which should be used effective September 1, 2019.

The fare increases are detailed below.

Upcoming Spring 2019 HSR changes

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Effective April 28 2019, HSR will be implementing changes affecting several routes.

Re-routing of Route 7 LOCKE due to construction will begin on April 28th and remain in effect for the duration of the project. Buses during this time will not service Locke Street directly. Buses will travel southbound on Queen Street South and northbound on Dundurn Street South. Re-routing buses will require customers to walk into the Locke St shopping district, but will allow buses to maintain schedule integrity.

Permanent re-routing of Route 34 UPPER PARADISE Will also begin on April 28th. This route has been impacted by a number of speed calming initiatives over recent years and buses are no longer able to remain on schedule. Upcoming changes to the route should make route 34 service more reliable for customers.

  • The route is being shortened and will now end at Main at MacNab rather than King at James.
  • Buses returning to the mountain will travel southbound on James Street South and then westbound on Hunter Street West to Queen Street South.

Permanent change to bus stops on King between James and MacNab Will also take place. The stop platform is being expanded to allow for greater accessibility for the six different route variations that operate at this location. The stops have been consolidated and re-aligned so that the buses running along Main St W (5-2 DELAWARE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS) will operate from the stop closest to MacNab, while the buses running through McMaster University (1A KING5C DELAWARE, 51 UNIVERSITY) will operate from the stop closest to James.

Also starting April 28th is a trial stop re-location for the bus stop for Routes 2 BARTON and 3 CANNON from James at King back to James at King William. The trial will take place from April 28 until September 2019. The aim is to alleviate congestion created by multiple buses attempting to service a singular platform while at the same location 1 KING buses are attempting to turn onto James.

Finally the 56 CENTENNIAL Riverdale Pilot, has been extended until June 22nd, 2019.

March 18th, 2019 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we started to promote Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Ontario. It was called “Bus Driver Appreciation Day” back in 2014 when we started to spread the word about the day, which was found online in 2013.

At that point none of the transit agencies in Ontario celebrated the day and now, five years later many do.

On March 18th, 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. 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!)

Kids 12 and under ride free on GO Transit starting March 9th

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Today, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, and Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster announced that kids 12 and under can travel for free on all GO Transit trains and buses starting March 9th, 2019.

Children can already travel on the TTC and UP Express for free.

“Letting kids travel on GO for free will make taking transit easier and more affordable for parents and kids,” said Minister Yurek. “Whether you’re visiting family or taking a trip to the mall, free trips for children will help families save money and offer parents a low-stress alternative to driving.”

While children 12 and under can already travel for free on the TTC and UP Express, in Hamilton only children under 5 years of age are free on Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses.

Source: Ministry of Transportation

Megabus service from Toronto Coach Terminal to Hamilton International Airport starts March 31st

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Coach Canada today announced that they are launching new MEGABUS service from the Toronto Coach Terminal to the Hamilton International Airport.

Daily departures are set to start on March 31st with one daily trip. The trip departs the Toronto Coach Terminal at 610 Bay Street in downtown Toronto at 3:00pm and arrives at the Hamilton International Airport at 4:45pm.

The one way fare is set at $21.

City begins community engagement campaign to (Re)envision the HSR

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The City of Hamilton announced on Monday that they are nearing the start of the public consultation for the (re)envisioning of the transit network in the city.

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd, 2019, the City of Hamilton’s Transit Division begins a comprehensive community engagement campaign to (Re)envision the HSR. The city is looking to hear from past, current and potential customers.

The survey is designed by world-class experts at McMaster University to measure the perceived and desired quality of transit service in the city.

The survey will be available at www.hamilton.ca/reenvision beginning on Tuesday. Questions and feedback about (Re)envision the HSR can be sent to the Customer Experience & Innovation team at reenvision@hamilton.ca.

Later stages of the project include consultation and collaboration with Hamilton’s many communities in the spring/summer of 2019. The design and reconfiguration phase will take place in the fall/winter of 2019 with recommendations coming to Council in the Spring of 2020.

Source: City of Hamilton

City beginning transit shelter replacements next week

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The City of Hamilton will soon start replacing some transit shelters in the city.

As part of HSR’s 2019 Shelter Renewal Program, funded through PTIF Phase 1 (50% Municipal and 50% Federal), the City will begin to replace approximately 500 transit shelters throughout the City of Hamilton, with the first 45 replacements scheduled to start January 15th, 2019.

The HSR will post notices in advance at the existing shelter locations advising customers of the disruptions, as well as on social media. Temporary stops will be identified for the duration of the removal and installation.

Source: City of Hamilton

GO Transit adding Weekday GO Train Service to Niagara Falls in January

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Today, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced that the long-asked-for weekday GO train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines on the Lakeshore West line Will be introduced in January.

“Our government is keeping our promise to get people moving and make life better for everyone in Ontario by expanding GO train service to Niagara Falls,” said Yurek. “We are working with our railway partner, CN, to use the existing rail infrastructure to expand GO Transit service for people in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines four years sooner than promised.”

Beginning on January 7th, 2019, people travelling by GO Transit between Niagara Falls and Toronto’s Union Station will benefit from a new morning trip with an evening return every weekday.

The existing weekday 6:39 a.m. eastbound trip from West Harbour GO Station will now begin at Niagara Falls at 5:19 a.m., stop at St. Catharines at 5:41 a.m. and continue on to West Harbour, making all stops to Clarkson then running express to Union Station as usual and at the current times.

The existing weekday 5:15 p.m. westbound trip from Union to West Harbour will be extended to make a stop at St. Catharines at 7:22 p.m., and arrive at Niagara Falls at 7:47 p.m.

“This is great news for people in Niagara Region,” said Oosterhoff. “Weekday GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto will help connect the region and create new business opportunities.”

For the last several years the seasonal Niagara GO train has bypassed Hamilton’s West Harbour GO Station in the North End. It remains to be seen if this will mean seasonal Niagara trips will also start to service West Harbour GO.