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Road 2 Hope Marathon Detours Multiple Routes on November 6th [ UPDATED ]

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The Road2Hope marathon takes place on Sunday, November 6th, 2016. The marathon consists of a full and a partial marathon, each resulting in separate road and lane closures.

The full marathon (42 km) starts at Dofasco Park (1st Road East, south of Green Mountain Road) in upper Stoney Creek at 8:00 AM. The runners proceed north on Third Road East, east on Green Mountain Road, north on Tapleytown Road, east on Ridge Road, south on Fifth Road East, west on Highland Road, north on Albion Road, north on the Red Hill Valley Parkway exiting at Barton Street. The runners will continue west on Barton Street and enter the Red Hill rail trail just west of the southbound off ramp. The runners will remain on the rail trail, take the new bridge over the QEW and exit at Van Wagners Beach Blvd. Runners will cross the street near Confederation Park and proceed to the Beach Trail (Burlington bound). Runners will exit onto Beach Blvd. near Van Wagners and continue northwest (Burlington bound) on the lake side of Beach Blvd. The runners will then enter the Beach trail near Eastport Drive and return via the Beach trail to Confederation Park.

The half marathon (21 km) starts at Dofasco Park at 8:15 AM.

The following road and lane closures that will affect HSR will be in effect while the race is in progress:

  • Red Hill Valley Parkway (downbound lanes only) from Mud Street to Barton Street, approximate times 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Beach Boulevard (one Burlington bound lane) from Woodward Avenue to Eastport Drive from approximately 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM.

Delays can be expected, perhaps severe, at the following locations:

  • Barton Street – Race participants will exit the RHVP, cross to the furthest north westbound lane and enter the Red Hill trail just west of the southbound off ramp. Police will assist participants in crossing from the south side to the north side of Barton Street from approximately 8:30 to 11:15 am.
  • Upper Centennial Parkway – Race participants will cross at Highland Road from approximately 8 to 9:45 am.
  • Stone Church Road – Race participants will cross at the Upper Red Hill Valley Parkway (Stone Church on ramp to RHVP northbound) from approximately 8 to 9:45 am.

As a result, routes 11 PARKDALE and 43 STONE CHURCH buses will be detoured.

1 KING and 44 RYMAL Detoured at Eastgate Transit Terminal October 25-26

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Effective Sunday, October 25, 2015, from approximately 8 pm until Monday, October 26, 2015 at the beginning of HSR service, Route 1/1A KING and Route 44 RYMAL buses will not be allowed to access the Eastgate Transit Terminal due to final paving works along Queenston Road and Centennial Parkway.

During the closure period, 1 KING and 44 RYMAL buses routes will be detoured as follows:

King & Centennial Closure Detours Routes 5/44/58 on September 25th Overnight

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Effective Friday, September 25, 2015 from approximately 9:00 PM until Saturday, September 26, 2015 at approximately 6:00 AM, the King Street & Centennial Parkway intersection will be closed due to road construction weather permitting.

As a result, routes 5 DELAWARE, 44 RYMAL and 58 STONEY CREEK LOCAL will be detoured.

King & Centennial Closure Detours Routes 5/44/58 on Weekends Starting July 31st

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Effective Friday, July 31st, 2015 from approximately 9:00pm until Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at approximately 5:00am and continuing for the next four consecutive weekends, the King Street & Centennial Parkway intersection will be closed due to road construction. As a result, routes 5 DELAWARE, 44 RYMAL and 58 STONEY CREEK LOCAL will be on detoured.

There will be two separate detours for 5 DELAWARE depending on the day and time. The separate detours are listed below.

2014 Transit Service Enhancements Approved – Starts September 2014

After the last presentation to GIC left the councillors requesting cuts to the 2014 Transit Service Enhancement Plan, Don Hull made a brief presentation to GIC on Thursday morning with a slightly scaled back plan. The plan will see service enhancements to three routes, two east-west mountain routes (43 STONE CHURCH and 44 RYMAL) as well as one north-south route (20 A-LINE EXPRESS).

Today’s proposal was unanimously passed by the GIC.

The report comes at the request of council last June following the approval of the Rapid Ready report on June 26th, 2013. This report was the first of two coming, with the next report due out in the summer with a ten-year local transit service level strategy, including specific route recommendations and a financial strategy, with reference to the role played by rapid transit, and with a goal of reaching 80-100 rides per capita by 2025.

Spring 2014 Schedule Changes

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The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Spring 2014 edition of their quarterly Bus News (their website has yet to be updated). Several routes have minor modifications while one route (35 COLLEGE) has reverted to previous routing.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday March 23rd, 2014.

Route on the ‘Drawing Board’ to replace Red Hill TransCab

At the GIC budget meeting on February 27th it was mentioned by Don Hull, Director of Transit for the City of Hamilton, that a conventional transit route is on the drawing board which would replace the TransCab service currently servicing the Red Hill Business Park. The service extension has been on the drawing board for some time, but can’t be implemented because of the state of the current roads.

The change would see 22 UPPER OTTAWA extended from it’s current southerly loop point of Nebo and Rymal into the Red Hill Business Park. The bus would travel east on Rymal Road, south on Prichard Road, east on Twenty Road, south on Glover Road, west on Dickenson Road, north on Nebo and end at the Canada Bread Factory. Though Don Hull also mentioned that the HSR is also looking at a route adjustment to 44 RYMAL as well, no further details were revealed about what that might be.

The future intersection of the Dartnall Road Extension and Twenty Road has been identified as a potential future transit hub as it is centrally located within the business park and within an area zoned commercial. TransCab service was introduced on September 4th, 2011 to provide Canada Bread employees at the Nebo Road and Twenty Road facility access to HSR routes 22 UPPER OTTAWA and 44 RYMAL. On December 16th, 2011 City Council directed HSR to extend the TransCab service to allow employees at Countrywide Recycling (900 Nebo Road) to use the service. On January 7th, 2013, in response to concerns raised by Canada Bread management and union, the TransCab service was modified to operate on a fixed schedule.

2014 Transit Service Enhancement Proposal

Don Hull and the public works team will present their proposed 2014 Transit Service Enhancements to the General Issues Committee on February 13th. The proposal recommends service enhancements to two east-west mountain bus routes as well as increasing the area of service on the HSR’s north-south express route, route 20 A-LINE EXPRESS.

The report comes at the request of council last June following the approval of the Rapid Ready report on June 26th, 2013. This report is the first of two coming, with the next report due out in the summer with a ten-year local transit service level strategy, including specific route recommendations and a financial strategy, with reference to the role played by rapid transit, and with a goal of reaching 80-100 rides per capita by 2025.

Spring 2013 Schedule Changes

The Hamilton Street Railway released their Spring 2013 Bus News. Spring timetables have not yet been published and made available. There are a few minor changes in store but no drastic changes to any routes.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday March 24th, 2013.

SERVICE & SCHEDULE CHANGES

‘2 BARTON’
(Weekdays)
The weekday 5:38am arrrival at the Hamilton GO Centre has been shifted to 5:28am for better connections.

‘5/5E DELAWARE’
(Weekdays)
Some weekday eastbound departure times from Pirie and Governors have been shifted two minutes earlier for better schedule adherence.

‘6 ABERDEEN’
(Weekdays)
The 6:14am departure time from Princess Point Loop has been adjusted to 6:09am to allow for better connections with other routes.

’18 WATERDOWN’
(Weekdays)
Minor weekday trip changes are being made to accomodate changes to GO Transit’s schedule changes at Aldershot GO Station.

’20 A-LINE EXPRESS’
(Weekdays)
Timing on the last two weekday southbound and northbound trips for this route have been altered slightly to allow for better schedule adherence.

’44 RYMAL’
(Weekdays)
Minor weekday trip time changes are being made in both directions in the early evening to allow for better connections with the ‘Upper’ routes operating along Rymal.

‘9 ROCK GARDENS’ RESUMES SERVICE
Seasonal route ‘9 ROCK GARDENS’ returns to service on Sunday May 12th. This route operates on Sundays and holidays only between the months of May and November each year. Service is provided between downtown Hamilton (JAMES at MAIN) to Rock Gardens and the cemeteries near the Royal Botanical Gardens. This route operates between 10am and 6pm only.

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS & SCHEDULES

  • Good Friday (Mar 29) – Sunday / Holiday schedule
  • Easter Monday (Apr 1) – Regular Weekday schedule
  • Victoria Day (May 20) – Sunday / Holiday schedule

SAFETY FIRST: CROSS AT CROSSWALKS
The Hamilton Street Railway would like to remind transit users that movement within and surrounding the various bus terminals should be restricted to the sidewalks and crosswalks provided.

Crossing through the centre of the terminal roadway (jaywalking) can be dangerous to not only pedestrians but transit operators as well.

For your safety please use the marked crosswalks provided at the MacNab Transit Terminal, Hamilton GO Centre, Eastgate Transit Terminal among others. Safety first.

SNOW AT BUS STOPS
If there is any excessive snow at or around HSR bus stops that has not been cleared away in a timely fashion, citizens can contact the city at 905-546-CITY and the location will be reported to the City’s Road and Mintenance / Operations department for removal.

Snow removal is done by the City of Hamilton and not the Hamilton Street Railway.

POCKET DIALING the HSR
The customer service department of the HSR has been receiving a rising number of ‘pocket dials’ from mobile phones recently. These calls not only tie up the customer service call centre but could also be using up your airtime and costing you money. Ensuring you lock the screen or keypad on your mobile device can help you from ‘pocket dialing’ the HSR and others.

MOBILE SCHEDULES
Mobile formatted schedules for spring 2013 will be updated overnight on Saturday March 23rd.

BLAST Network – The Map

I like maps.

As a kid I used to sit and stare at the 1989 HSR System Map to no end, even though as a kid I rarely had much chance to ride the bus. Since then collecting bus maps been something of a hobby. Not only have I collected every published edition of the HSR system maps since then as well but I have collected bus maps from several other regions as well.

I recently wondered what the Hamilton rapid transit system map would look like if it were done like a modern rapid transit map. Picture the TTC subway map or the London Underground map.