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Summer 2017 Schedule Changes

The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Summer 2017 edition of their quarterly Bus News online. There are changes to the schedules, including the return of summer service on multiple routes.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday June 25th, 2017.

Another summer of inadequate service coming for 56 CENTENNIAL

On Sunday, June 25th the Hamilton Street Railway will switch to summer schedules. As per every year that means that many routes will adopt summer schedules which sees a reduction in frequencies. One such route is the north-south route on the edge of Stoney Creek, the 56 CENTENNIAL. However this reduction does at best a disservice since the route was changed in 2012.

Prior to 2012 route 56 was known as 56 CONFEDERATION PARK. The route was a summer only service which only ran during the summer months and only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The routing for this old route is the same as the current incarnation 56 CENTENNIAL except for two differences. The route did not service the Walmart Supercentre plaza as it did not exist previously and the route had far better service times.

Here’s a little bit of history.

As previously mentioned route 56 CONFEDERATION PARK only operated in the summer months on weekends. During this time the route ran on a 45 minute frequency between Eastgate Terminal and the Lakeland Pool loop, stopping at Wild Waterworks in both directions. The first bus departed Eastgate at 9:15 AM and the last bus headed towards the beach at 8:30 PM. The final departure headed back towards Eastgate from the Wild Waterworks waterpark in Confederation Park was 9:00 PM, a full hour after the waterpark closes in the summer.

2017 Victoria Day Fireworks – Dundas Driving Park

The Victoria Day Celebration and Fireworks is supported by the City of Hamilton and presented by The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club will take place on Monday, May 22nd at dusk. (The event was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to rain.) This is a free event but the Rotary club would appreciate cash donations at the gate to help finance the club’s local and international service work. Snacks, soft drinks and glow sticks are available for purchase before the fireworks begin.

Live music and food trucks will be on site starting at 6pm. Fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, weather permitting.

For the last several years the HSR added extra buses on the 52 HEAD STREET branch of 5 DELAWARE to handle extra capacity to and from the fireworks. This added capacity is never confirmed ahead of time and this year will be no different.

HSR customer service had this to say earlier in the week, “Operations road supervision will supply whatever service they feel is necessary to accommodate any additional passenger loads.”

There are also no special HSR event shuttles for these fireworks.

To promote driving to the event the City of Hamilton will provide free parking at any one of the eight Dundas Municipal Parking lots

Niagara GO trains to skip Hamilton again in 2017 [UPDATED]

The West Harbour GO Station opened in the summer of 2015 for the Pan Am Games. The station initially opened in a partially finished position with much of the landscaping unfinished, some of the interiors not quite finished, and the parking facilities still under construction. Since then the station has been completed and is serviced by morning and peak trains on weekdays.

But one train that will once again not be making a stop at the station is the weekend Niagara GO train.

2017 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.

2017 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.

Notice: Holiday Schedule for Victoria Day Monday

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

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

12 WENTWORTH detoured May 8-31 due to Wentworth closure


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


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


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.”