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Upcoming Spring 2019 HSR changes

Effective April 28 2019, HSR will be implementing changes affecting several routes.

Re-routing of Route 7 LOCKE due to construction will begin on April 28th and remain in effect for the duration of the project. Buses during this time will not service Locke Street directly. Buses will travel southbound on Queen Street South and northbound on Dundurn Street South. Re-routing buses will require customers to walk into the Locke St shopping district, but will allow buses to maintain schedule integrity.

Permanent re-routing of Route 34 UPPER PARADISE Will also begin on April 28th. This route has been impacted by a number of speed calming initiatives over recent years and buses are no longer able to remain on schedule. Upcoming changes to the route should make route 34 service more reliable for customers.

  • The route is being shortened and will now end at Main at MacNab rather than King at James.
  • Buses returning to the mountain will travel southbound on James Street South and then westbound on Hunter Street West to Queen Street South.

Permanent change to bus stops on King between James and MacNab Will also take place. The stop platform is being expanded to allow for greater accessibility for the six different route variations that operate at this location. The stops have been consolidated and re-aligned so that the buses running along Main St W (5-2 DELAWARE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS) will operate from the stop closest to MacNab, while the buses running through McMaster University (1A KING5C DELAWARE, 51 UNIVERSITY) will operate from the stop closest to James.

Also starting April 28th is a trial stop re-location for the bus stop for Routes 2 BARTON and 3 CANNON from James at King back to James at King William. The trial will take place from April 28 until September 2019. The aim is to alleviate congestion created by multiple buses attempting to service a singular platform while at the same location 1 KING buses are attempting to turn onto James.

Finally the 56 CENTENNIAL Riverdale Pilot, has been extended until June 22nd, 2019.

Additional service to the 51 UNIVERSITY added starting Monday

The HSR will be starting seasonal service for route 51 UNIVERSITY a week early this year in support of McMaster University’s Welcome Week.

In advance of the Fall Board schedule taking effect Sunday September 2nd, 2018, HSR has added extra service to the 51 UNIVERSITY a week early.

Operating on a Saturday schedule, the 51 University Special will now see service from approximately 11:20am through 2:30am starting Monday, August 27th through Saturday, September 1st inclusive. Buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 8:00pm.

More information from the City of Hamilton about the McMaster University U-Pass including changes and restrictions.

Emerson closure detours 5 DELAWARE and 51 UNIVERSITY on January 24th from 8am-3pm


On Tuesday January 24, 2017 from 8 am to 3 pm a road closure of Emerson St., between Holmes Ave. and Whitney Ave, will be in effect due to construction. This closure will result in the requirement for buses in the affected area to be diverted.

During this time routes 5 DELAWARE and 51 UNIVERSITY will be detoured as follows:

Routes 1/1A, 5A/5C and 51 Detoured on McMaster Campus April 28-29 (Phase 2)


Effective Thursday, April 28th from 7:00am until Friday, April 29th at 7:00pm, Sterling Street at Forsyth Avenue (McMaster University) will be fully closed due to crane dismantling.

Routes 1 KING (eastbound), 1A KING (westbound), 5A DELAWARE (eastbound), 5C DELAWARE (eastbound) and 51 UNIVERSITY will be detoured during this time as follows

Eastbound routes 1/5A/51 Detoured on McMaster Campus April 25-28, May 2-4 (Phase 1)


Effective Monday, April 25th from 7:00am until Thursday, April 28th at 7:00am, eastbound Sterling Street at Forsyth Avenue (exiting McMaster University) will be closed due to crane dismantling. This detour will change effective April 28th.

This closure and detour will be reinstated on May 2nd at 7:00 AM – May 4th at 7:00 PM.

Routes 1 KING, 5A DELAWARE and 51 UNIVERSITY will be detoured during this time as follows:

Main Street Closure Detours Multiple Routes Dec 27th – 30th


Effective Sunday, December 27, 2015 until Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from approximately 6 am to 6 pm daily, Main Street from Caroline Street to Bay Street will be closed due to a crane dismantling at Main and Caroline. Due to this closure, several HSR routes above will be detoured during this time.

Routes affected by the closure include 1 KING, 5 DELAWARE (all branches), 7 LOCKE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, 34 UPPER PARADISE, and 51 UNIVERSITY.

Routes 1A/5/51 Detoured on McMaster Campus Oct 20-26


Effective Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 thru Monday, October 26th, 2015, the Sterling Street entrance of McMaster University campus will be closed due to construction work. Routes 1A KING, 5 DELAWARE, and 51 UNIVERSITY will be detoured during this time.

Fall 2015 Service Enhancements [UPDATED 7/19]

Proposed changes for FALL 2015 are summarized below. These changes represent Phase 1 of the Ten Year (2015-2024) Local Transit Strategy. Phase 1, to be rolled out over three periods (September 2015, March 2016 & September 2016) is comprised of actions designed to address current system deficiencies by applying the limited additional vehicles and operators where we will get the best return on investment.

System deficiencies were identified by analyzing various data samples like schedule deviation and passenger loadings (among many other data sets). A sample of that data can be seen in the tables on the following pages. Additionally, input from Operations and the passengers was equally important and valuable.

Routes 1A/5C/51 Detoured on McMaster Campus March 31st


Effective Thursday, March 31st, 2015 from 7:00AM to 12:00PM, University Avenue from Forsyth Avenue to College Crescent (McMaster University) Southbound Traffic Only will be closed due to construction. Routes 1A KING, 5C DELAWARE and 51 UNIVERSITY will be detoured during this time.

This is the same detour as previously took place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 7:00AM to 4:00PM.

2014 Remembrance Day Detours – Downtown Hamilton


There will be Remembrance Day Celebrations in Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster and Stoney Creek on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

In Hamilton, the ceremonies will be held at a temporary cenotaph on the west side of the forecourt at Hamilton City Hall. As a result, Main Street directly in front of City Hall (between Bay and Summers Lane) will be closed between 10:55 AM and 11:10 AM. Traffic on Bay Street will be maintained during this time.

As a result, several routes will be temporarily detoured during the closure.

The route detours are as follows below: