PRESTO Cards now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Stores in Hamilton and Burlington

Did you know that you can now purchase and reload your PRESTO card at local Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Hamilton? More »

Progress in Hamilton

Metrolinx is investing in Hamilton to improve access to transit and help create an integrated transportation system for all in the GTHA. More »


HSR going paperless by the end of the year

Earlier today, Hamilton City Council approved the removal of paper media (HSR paper Bus tickets and monthly passes) from circulation. The PRESTO fare card system was approved by Council and implemented with the intent of replacing legacy paper tickets and paper monthly pass products.

HSR will stop producing paper monthly passes with the last passes issued in October 2020. Starting November 1st, passes will be available only on a PRESTO card. Paper tickets will stop being sold on October 31st. HSR will continue to accept paper tickets already purchased until December 31st.

City and ATU talks continue Wednesday; Transit strike could start as early as Thursday

The City of Hamilton and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 will be back at the negotiating table on Wednesday as both parties look to avoid job action.

One of the sticking points was sufficient restroom facilities and the time to use them. The city has stated that it will take 3-5 years to implement and the ATU has agreed.

The transit union is looking for a 5 year deal at with a 2% wage increase for the cost of living increases. The City of Hamilton countered with 1.6% and the ATU lowered their proposal 1.8%. HSR transit operators are paid $3-4 less than other major transit agencies in the GTA.

Parties will be going back to the negotiations table on Wednesday December 18, 2019 in the hopes of reaching a tentative agreement that we can recommend to our membership. Although the union remains optimistic that this goal is obtainable, they continue to prepare should the parties not be successful in reaching a tentative agreement.hsr_mountain_garage

Ontario Government pulls the plug on Light Rail Transit in Hamilton

The Ontario Government announced that they are pulling the plug on Light Rail Transit in Hamilton.

Today, the Government of Ontario announced the cancellation of the procurement for the Hamilton LRT project.

Infrastructure Ontario has notified the Proponent teams who were bidding on the project. As per the Break Fee policy outlined in the Request for Proposals, teams will receive a stipend according to their involvement in the procurement process. IO and Metrolinx will be meeting with teams in the coming days to discuss next steps.

Over the coming weeks, the Province will work with the City to determine alternative opportunities to deliver on its $1 billion funding commitment to ensure the City gets the transportation infrastructure that it needs.

No Winter service for 56 CENTENNIAL

Route 56 CENTENNIAL, which was reduced to weekend only service in September, will not be in service during the winter. Weekend service will return in the spring.

The route was reduced to weekend service when route 44 RYMAL was extended north to the Centennial Walmart. Customers wishing to travel between Eastgate Square and Walmart / Confederation GO Station can make use of route 44 RYMAL. Route 11 PARKDALE can be used to access the Hamilton Beach Trail on weekends and holidays.

Source: City of Hamilton

HSR offers extended New Year’s Eve service; free after 6:00 PM


The HSR will offer free service for everyone on New Year’s Eve again this year. Rides on the HSR will be free after 6:00pm.

On Tuesday, December 31, the HSR will operate on regular weekday schedules. Evening service will be extended on most routes, with the last trips leaving the downtown area at 2:30 am.

The following routes operate on their regular route times on New Year’s Eve and WILL NOT have extended hours.

44 RYMAL to serve Confederation GO starting December 29th


HSR service will begin at Confederation GO Station as of December 29th, 2019. Route 44 RYMAL will be extended to service the new GO Station.

In November 2019 GO Transit opened the new Confederation GO Station to buses. GO bus route 12, which had been operating at the park and ride located at Barton Street and Nash Road, officially moved into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road.

GO buses operate at Platforms 2 and 3 with buses bound for Burlington stopping at Platform 2 while buses heading towards Niagara Falls stopping at Platform 3. HSR route 44 RYMAL will use Platform 4.

Confederation GO Station Bus Loop opens

Over the weekend the new Confederation GO Station opened to buses.

Starting on Saturday morning GO bus route 12, which had been operating at the park and ride located at Barton Street and Nash Road, officially moved into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces are available. The completed bus loop has three bus platforms as well as room for additional buses to stop.

GO buses operate at Platforms 2 and 3 with buses bound for Burlington stopping at Platform 2 while buses heading towards Niagara Falls stopping at Platform 3. The final platform number 4 is currently unoccupied, which was likely left open for HSR bus service.

While Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster stated that by the end of 2019 local bus service would also serve the new GO station, it’s not known what capacity the HSR will service the new GO station.

Get on Board the Consultation Bus

Earlier this year the City of Hamilton’s Transit Division began a comprehensive community engagement campaign to (Re)envision the HSR. A survey designed by world-class transportation experts at McMaster University ran until April 2019, receiving tremendous community uptake by current and future targeted customers across the city. The nearly 6,000 responses are being used in the next phase, where they are being analyzed.

One of the recommendations in the City of Hamilton’s Public Engagement Policy, made by the Hamilton Engagement Committee and endorsed by Council in April 2015, was the creation of a mobile ‘one stop’ engagement bus.

Recognizing that residents are looking for engagement opportunities beyond traditional methods like Public Information Centers (PICs) only, the HSR is taking our public engagement activities on the road!

Unlocking More GO Train Service to Hamilton and on to Niagara region

James North GO track level rendering
New infrastructure has been built over the past few years on the span between Aldershot GO Station and Niagara Falls, which has culminated in the start of regular weekday train service connecting Niagara Falls and St. Catharines with Union Station. The work has also allowed Metrolinx to start running two more trains in and out of West Harbour GO.

One of the biggest snags in the expansion of the illusive all-day GO service to Hamilton is that Metrolinx does not own any of the corridor infrastructure past the Burlington GO Station. In order for the service to expand into Hamilton and beyond on a regular basis, Metrolinx needs to plan, design and build everything with the corridor owners and their short-term and long-term goals in mind.

Ontario Introducing Free Wi-Fi on GO Transit in 2020; Future of HSR Wi-Fi

Today, it was announced that free Wi-Fi is coming to GO buses and trains next year.

Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,475 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi beginning in 2020.

Beginning spring 2020, commuters on a GO bus or train will be able to stay connected with their mobile devices with a free, reliable, high-quality, wireless internet connection.

“More and more people depend on their phones to be able to work, study and keep in touch with friends and family during their daily commute,” said MPP Gill. “Bringing Wi-Fi to GO trains and buses will make traveling by GO a better, more convenient experience for people in Milton.”