Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring HSR Service Changes - Breakdown

The Spring 2012 Bus News has been released with some new details for upcoming service changes, as well as updated information. The details are broken down below.

Spring Service Changes
'1 King'
Additional Weekday, Saturday and Sunday/Holiday Service will be provided during most time periods. The Weekday mid-day and peak schedules were increased to every 6 minutes from Eastgate Square to downtown. Every other bus continues to/from McMaster resulting in 12 minute service on route

'1A King'
The late evening service was revised to 20 minutes on Weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The mid-day service on Sundays was increased to every 10 minutes. Every other bus continues to/from Fiesta Mall resulting in a 20 minute service along this section.

'5 Delaware'
As per customer requests, an earlier eastbound trip was added in the morning, departing Pirie & Governors at 5:31am on weekday morning.

'21 Upper Kenilworth' & '33 Sanatorium'
Additional weekday service will be provided during the mid-day time period. The Weekday mid-day service has been improved to provide service every 20 minutes on these two routes.

'51 University'
One additional late evening westbound trip has been added. The University route only operates up to Saturday April 28th and will resume at the beginning of September.

'55 Stoney Creek Central' & '58 Stoney Creek Local'
Minor changes were made in the late evening weeknight service for 1 King connections.

'56 Centennial' - NEW ROUTE NAME

This spring sees the renaming of '56 Confederation Park' to '56 Centennial' and expansion of service. The route will now operate seven days a week and year round. The route previously operated on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only during the summer months. Typically the route would begin on the last weekend in June and finish on Labour Day weekend. This is the first significant routing change for the route in more than twenty years.

This route will now provide service to the newly opened Walmart on Centennial Parkway, south of the South Service Road, from approximately 10:00am until 6:00pm. Walmart will be serviced in both the northbound and southbound directions. The bus stop will be at the bus bay on the east side of the internal ring road. The gates at Confederation Park/Wild Waterworks are closed until Saturday, June 2nd and only operate on weekends at the beginning of the summer. As a result, the bus will only enter the Park when open.

Revised route timetables should be available at the Hamilton GO Centre, MacNab Transit Terminal and on board HSR buses this week. The official transit website should be updated later this week or early next week with revised timetables.

Summer Only Routes
'9 Rock Gardens' (Sunday & Holiday Service)
This route operates between Sunday May 13th (Mother’s Day) and November 11th.

'99 Waterfront shuttle' (FREE Daily Service)
This route operates between Sunday June 24th and Monday September 3rd.

Ticket to Ride
With the revelation from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of their 2012 home game schedule, the Hamilton Street Railway has once again partnered with the team to provide complimentary shuttle service to and from home games. As described on in the bus news, simply show your game day ticket to the Operator and receive a free ride on any regularly scheduled service or on one of our special shuttle routes from Eastgate Square, Lime Ridge Mall, University Plaza or Downtown Hamilton.

2012 Home Schedule
June 13 at 7:00pm vs Toronto
June 29 at 7:00pm vs Saskatchewan
July 14 at 7:00pm vs Toronto
July 21 at 7:00pm vs Montreal
August 9 at 7:00pm vs Calgary
September 3 at 1:00pm vs Toronto
September 15 at 3:00pm vs Edmonton
September 28 at 7:00pm vs Montreal
October 12 at 7:30pm vs BC
October 27 at 1:00pm vs Winnipeg


Golden Age Pass
Your current Golden Age Transit Pass expires on April 30, 2012. Special locations have been set up for your convenience. Please visit one of them before the expiry date. Make sure you bring your current Golden Age Bus Pass with you. If you are unable to attend, a caregiver can attend on your behalf with your current Golden Age Bus Pass. We also require completion of address and birth date information for our records.

MacNab Terminal (between King & Main)
Monday April 2 to Thursday April 5
Tuesday April 10 to Friday April 13
Monday April 16 to Friday April 20
from 10am to 2pm

Municipal Centres and Hamilton City Hall
Monday to Friday during April from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
The offices will be closed Good Friday (April 6) and Easter Monday (April 9).

Lime Ridge Mall (lower level by Sears)
Monday April 23rd to Friday April 27th from 10am to 6pm

Senior Annual Pass
Your current Senior Annual Transit Pass expires on April 30, 2012. Renewals will commence on Tuesday April 10th at the HSR Ticket Office. Passes will be renewed for 2012/2013 at the current $205.00. To maintain your pass, you must renew it on or before May 7, 2012. Once again this year, you have the option of mailing in your renewal or visiting us in person at the HSR Ticket Office. The HSR Ticket Office is at 36 Hunter St. E. (GO Centre) and is open Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am to 4pm.

For new Golden Age Pass applicants, please visit our HSR Ticket Office with proof of age (80 or older) and proof of residency in Hamilton. We also require completion of address and birth date information for our records. A photo ID card will be issued to you to use immediately. The HSR Ticket Office is located at 36 Hunter St. E. (GO Centre) and is open Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am to 4pm. These Golden Age Passes are free of charge and available year round.

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