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56 CENTENNIAL to get Riverdale service pilot this fall


In the fall bus service on route 56 CENTENNIAL will be modified, adding new service area coverage as well as shortening the route length on weekdays.

The Riverdale HSR service pilot will run between September 2018 and the end of April 2019. Ridership will be assessed each month for both the route as a whole and specific to the stops in the Riverdale neighbourhood.

If successful (measured by ridership) the program will continue through summer 2019 with permanent implementation as part of the 10 year transit strategy. If deemed unsuccessful (lack of interest, no or low usage, reduction of ridership, status quo) the program will be assessed to determine if any portion should be retained (frequency or span or Riverdale routing) or if the route should return to the way it was before the pilot.

This change is very similar to one formally proposed to the City of Hamilton by me back in 2014.

Extended 56 CENTENNIAL service this summer

Additional HSR service is coming to Hamilton Airport and Van Wagner’s Beach areas this summer

Beginning with the summer schedules, the HSR will begin providing additional service to the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the Van Wagner’s Beach area. This additional service starts June 24th, 2018.

Customers traveling to the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will not see any additional service to express bus route 20 A-LINE EXPRESS but will instead see service hours of the Glanbrook TransCab extended. The service, which costs an additional 50 cents on top of the standard fare, operates from the Mountain Transit Centre to Mount Hope. The hours will be extended during Monday to Saturday, and now on Sundays with newly added weekend hours.

Glanbrook TransCab will now run Monday to Saturday between 6:00am and 2:00am and on Sundays between 6:00am and 1:00am.

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.

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


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.

Centennial Closure Detours 56 CENTENNIAL July 17-20


Starting at 9:00 pm on July 17, Centennial Parkway will be closed to through traffic in both directions between the Arrowsmith Drive and Goderich Road intersections until 5:00 am on July 20. The road closure is to accommodate work involving the removal of the CN Rail tracks that currently span Centennial Parkway south of the Goderich Road intersection.

During the road closure, buses operating on the 56 CENTENNIAL route will be required to divert. Local traffic will be maintained at all times.

Route 56 CENTENNIAL buses will be detoured as follows:

Service Resumes to Wild Waterworks on June 28th

Seasonal service to the Wild Waterworks water park resumes on Sunday, June 28th as the park begins daily summer operations. Route 56 CENTENNIAL, which operates year-round passed the park on Van Wagners Beach Road, will enter the park while it is open.

Wild Waterworks opened for the season on Saturday June 6th and will be open daily until Monday September 7th.

During the spring 56 CENTENNIAL operates on a 45 minute frequency between Eastgate Square and Lakeland Loop however the schedule is revised to operate on a 60 minute frequency during the summer with the addition of service into Wild Waterworks.

56 CENTENNIAL Route Frequency Change Proposal

The below is a copy of what I sent in over the weekend to all members of council as well as Don Hull, the transit division as a response to the information report being presented to GIC this Thursday. Below I outline my thoughts and suggestions on how the route could be make more efficient and useful, while not increasing any funding to the route.

It was brought forward in the latest information report that there are no plans to increase service frequency or service levels for route 56 CENTENNIAL during the 2014 budget year. This makes sense in that with reduced demand there is no justification for any increase in service, however not withstanding employment growth and anticipated demand for the area of Confederation Plaza (Walmart), there is a relatively simple way to increase service frequency without resulting in a budget increase for 2014.

No Service Increase Planned for 56 CENTENNIAL

The HSR will be bringing an information report to the General Issues Committee on February 13th with a report on the status of east end route 56 CENTENNIAL. With ridership declines between 2012 and 2013 the report states there are no plans in increase service to route 56 CENTENNIAL for 2014. The HSR will however monitor ridership trends through 2014 with new commercial developments in the area. If ridership increases, the frequency could be increased with daily service from 6:30am until 11:30pm.

The revised HSR route 56 CENTENNIAL commenced operations on March 25, 2012, providing daily transit service along Centennial Parkway North between Eastgate Square and Lakeland Community Centre, via the Confederation Park Shopping Centre. This growing commercial complex includes a Walmart store. The service operates between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Based upon a 5-year net operating cost funding plan approved by Council in 2012, annual net operating costs over the last two years are funded by contributions from a variety of sources, including Walmart.

Fall 2013 Schedule Changes

The Hamilton Street Railway has updated their website with the fall 2013 timetables. Several routes return to their regular weekday schedules after running on reduced summer schedules since June. There aren’t any major changes to any routes although five routes will see minor modifications.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday September 1st, 2013.

The below routes will return to regular schedules after operating on reduced summer frequencies on weekdays.

  • 3 CANNON
  • 7 LOCKE
  • 8 YORK
  • 35 COLLEGE

Service Resumes to Wild Waterworks Saturday

Seasonal service to the Wild Waterworks water park resumes this weekend as the park begins summer operations. Route 56 CENTENNIAL, which operates year-round passed the park on Van Wagners Beach Road, will enter the park while it is open.

Wild Waterworks will open for the season on Saturday June 8th and will be open daily until Monday September 2nd, with the exception of Friday June 21st.

As 56 CENTENNIAL does not enter Wild Waterworks during the spring prior to the park’s opening, the timing is not built into the schedule. As such the route may experience minor delays until the summer schedule begins on June 23rd.

Timetables for the summer schedule should be released sometime next week.

Wild Waterworks will be open this weekend from 11am until 7pm and will be open from 11am to 8pm the following weekend. The park will only be open from 4pm until 8pm through the week for the next two weeks with the exception of June 21st when the park will be closed. Beginning June 22nd the park will be open daily from 11am to 8pm.