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Opinion: Half shelters are no shelter at all

Photo by Jason Nason

New shelter at Hamilton GO Centre Platform 18 | Photo by Jason Nason

Just before Hamilton felt the full force of winter the HSR transit shelters were removed from the Hamilton GO Centre. The shelters were for HSR service on Platform 18 and left the stop without any shelter for nearly three months.

While the timing of the removal and resulting sidewalk work was dubious at best, a large brand new shelter was installed in late February. In fact the new shelter is one of the new “B-LINE” style shelters which have been installed strategically along the 10 B-LINE EXPRESS and 20 A-LINE EXPRESS routes, as well as at the Mountain Transit Centre and the Mohawk College Transit Terminal.

The only problem with the new shelter is that it’s only a half-shelter.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Family Day

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

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 Sunday, which means that several routes will not be in operation during the day.

2017 Christmas Day Schedule

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The City of Hamilton has released the holiday schedule for this year including special service on Christmas Day, which falls on a Monday this year. The Christmas Day schedule for 2017 is exactly the same as it was one year ago with all routes operating on the same schedule as they did in 2016.

As with all holidays, several routes will not be in service on Christmas Day. These include:

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Generally transit service will be reduced on Christmas Day with many routes starting later than usual and all routes ending earlier than on a typical night. Bus service will end earlier than the regular Sunday/Holiday service.

Aside from the following exceptions, the last bus departing downtown Hamilton on Christmas Day will be at 9:00pm. The following are the exception routes and their final departures.

3 CANNONHAMILTON GO CENTRE – Final Departure: 4:00pm
5 DELAWARE (STONEY CREEK) – MAIN at MACNAB – Final Departure: 4:00pm
5(A) DELAWARE (ROSEDALE) – MAIN at MACNAB – Final Departure: 8:30pm
5(C) DELAWARE (MEADOWLANDS) – KING at JAMES – Final Departure: 8:30pm
5(2) DELAWARE (GOVERNORS) – KING at JAMES – Final Departure: 3:00pm
7 LOCKE – JAMES opposite KING WILLIAM – Final Departure: 8:40pm
8 YORK – JAMES at MAIN – Final Departure: 8:20pm

11 PARKDALE – VALLEY PARK LOOP – Final Departure: 8:15 PM
11 PARKDALE – BURLINGTON BUS TERMINAL – Final Departure: 9:05 PM
24 UPPER SHERMAN – MACNAB TRANSIT TERMINAL – Final Departure: 8:30pm
26 UPPER WELLINGTON – MACNAB TRANSIT TERMINAL – Final Departure: 8:30pm

41 MOHAWK (WB) – GAGE at INDUSTRIAL – Final Departure: 9:29pm
41 MOHAWK (EB) – MEADOWLANDS TERMINAL – 8:47pm
43 STONE CHURCH (EB) – MARTINDALE at GOLFLINKS – Final Departure: 9:05 PM
43 STONE CHURCH (WB) – HIGHLAND at AUBREY – Final Departure: 9:05 PM
44 RYMAL (EB) – ANCASTER BUSINESS PARK – Final Departure: 9:00 PM
44 RYMAL (WB) – EASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 9:00 PM
55 STONEY CREEK CENTRALEASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 5:27pm
56 CENTENNIAL – EASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 5:30pm
58 STONEY CREEK LOCAL – EASTGATE TRANSIT TERMINAL – 5:00pm

The actual timetables for the routes are listed below. You can click and save the full page with all of the timetables at the bottom.

Colleges reopen on Tuesday; HSR service expected to return to Mohawk campus

Full classes will resume at Mohawk College will resume on Tuesday with the end of labour action at Ontario colleges. Continuing education classes resume on Monday night.

At this time the City of Hamilton and HSR have not released exactly when buses will return to the MOHAWK COLLEGE TRANSIT TERMINAL, but this is expected to happen tomorrow.

Below is information provided by HSR customer service on Sunday afternoon.


Camera testing phase begins on HSR buses

Photo by Jason Nason

Photo by Jason Nason


The City of Hamilton announced today that they have started a testing phase of security cameras on-board HSR buses. With the majority of these installations complete, the cameras started rolling as of this morning.

The cost to outfit the entire fleet with the security cameras was $1.7 million, which was funded through HSR’s capital budget.

The security camera installation should aid both passenger and operator safety, giving staff and police access to video in the event of incidents on board.

Haldimand County expresses interest in HSR service

Could the HSR see an extension south into Haldimand County in the future? That’s the hope of Haldimand County Council as expressed today in a letter to members of Hamilton City Council.

At the City Council meeting today a letter of interest was presented from Haldimand County where the regional council has reached out to explore the possibility of HSR bus service being extended to their county.

Haldimand County doesn’t have any local or regional transit. There is also no Greyhound, Coach Canada, or GO Transit intercity bus service available in the region.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Thanksgiving

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

HSR changing destination signs back to display branch information

Photo by Jason Nason | Hamilton Today

Photo by Jason Nason | Hamilton Today


The HSR announced today that effective early next week destination signs will receive an update. Included in the update is a new way in which route branches will be displayed.

The updated signs will change to the way route branches were displayed prior to December 2013 when they were streamlined. The large route “letter” branch was removed from the route line on signs and was relegated to the destination line of signs.

This change resulted in a loss of clarity for routes, especially route 5 DELAWARE which has five branches and seven end-of-line destinations. The smaller text of the destination line made it difficult to identify if an incoming bus was the correct bus at a distance. The change to smaller text also resulted in passengers accidentally boarding the wrong branch.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Labour Day

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