51 UNIVERSITY

Service ends for the summer on April 29th, 2017

 

ROUTE TYPE LOCAL
DIRECTION EAST – WEST
SERVICE TYPE YEAR-ROUND, WEEKDAYS & SATURDAY ONLY
OPERATING HOURS Weekdays: 7:25am – 2:26am
Saturday: 11:21am – 2:26am
FREQUENCY Weekdays – Morning: 15 mins / afternoon peak: 10 mins / evening: 20 mins / late night: 30 mins
Saturday – all day: 30 mins

2003 – present
West West Hamilton Loop The western most point of the route was extended passed the university to serve students in the neighbourhoods west of campus. Westbound buses, when arriving on campus, would continue passed the Medical Centre and turn right onto Main Street West followed by a right onto Emerson Street. Buses would then turn right onto Whitney Avenue, left on Main Street West and then terminate at the West Hamilton Loop.Returning downtown buses would follow the reverse of this routing to McMaster University. The rest of the route to downtown Hamilton remained unchanged.
East Hamilton GO Centre
1997 – 2001
West McMaster Medical Centre With the opening of the Hamilton GO Centre in downtown Hamilton the eastern terminus for the route was changed. Now one eastbound buses reached Main at James the would turn right on James Street and then take a left into the GO Centre just south of Hunter Street. Departing downtown buses would exit the GO Centre by making a left turn onto John Street and then make another left onto King Street. The rest of the route to and from McMaster University remained unchanged.
East Hamilton GO Centre
1994 – 1995 (as 51 UNIVERSITY)
West McMaster Medical Centre There was no change made to the route, but by 1994 the route designation was changed from 5D UNIVERSITY to 51 UNIVERSITY.
East King at James
1989 – 1991 (as 5D UNIVERSITY)
West McMaster Medical Centre The bus would depart McMaster Medical Centre and travel northbound on University Avenue followed by a right turn onto Sterlineg Street. Next the bus would make a left turn onto King Street West, right onto Longwood and then another left onto Main Street West. The bus would follow Main Street into downtown Hamilton where it would turn left on John Street and then left again onto King Street where the bus would reach its recovery point on King at James.Returning to McMaster University the bus would travel westbound on King Street until arriving in the Westdale neighbourhood where the bus would turn right onto Sterling St. Once on campus of the university the bus would make a left turn onto University Avenue, arriving at the recovery point at McMaster Medical Centre.
East King at James
PHOTOS:

This photo was taken of HSR 8212 running as a Route 51 University waiting at King & James. Photo courtesty TomBusPage.ca.

This photo was taken April 18, 2007 of HSR 8806 running as a Route 51 University waiting at the Hamilton GO Centre.

This photo was taken April 25, 2007 of HSR 8810 running as a Route 51 University approaching Main & MacNab.

This photo was taken April 18, 2007 of HSR 510305 running as a Route 51 University approaching Main & MacNab.

This photo was taken September 23, 2009 of HSR 933 running as a Route 51 University at the Hamilton GO Centre.