HSR (re)Designed Network

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The Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) is the provider of conventional and specialized transit services for the City of Hamilton. HSR has proudly delivered reliable and affordable transit for nearly 150 years, helping residents travel to school and work, get their groceries, go to medical appointments, and visit family and friends. As Hamilton continues to grow and change, it’s important that our network does so too to ensure it meets Hamilton’s present and future transit needs.

In 2019, the City of Hamilton’s Transit Division launched the (Re)envision the HSR project to modernize our network and transform the customer experience. The feedback we received from nearly 13,000 interactions with customers, residents, and stakeholders helped shape the design of the concept network.

To take the next step forward, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you think about the conceptual design by completing our short survey or attending a community event. Your feedback will guide any adjustments to the network before it’s presented to Council in early 2024.

Download the redesigned concept network map

Learn more about the (re)Designed Network

Visit us in person

HSR's (re)Designed Network Consultation Calendar

The Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) is the provider of conventional and specialized transit services for the City of Hamilton. HSR has proudly delivered reliable and affordable transit for nearly 150 years, helping residents travel to school and work, get their groceries, go to medical appointments, and visit family and friends. As Hamilton continues to grow and change, it’s important that our network does so too to ensure it meets Hamilton’s present and future transit needs.

In 2019, the City of Hamilton’s Transit Division launched the (Re)envision the HSR project to modernize our network and transform the customer experience. The feedback we received from nearly 13,000 interactions with customers, residents, and stakeholders helped shape the design of the concept network.

To take the next step forward, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you think about the conceptual design by completing our short survey or attending a community event. Your feedback will guide any adjustments to the network before it’s presented to Council in early 2024.

Download the redesigned concept network map

Learn more about the (re)Designed Network

Visit us in person

HSR's (re)Designed Network Consultation Calendar

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We are collecting your questions and will post answers regularly.

Review the project FAQs and if you still have additional questions please submit them below.

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    Will this system be easy to use for everyonr

    Shawna elms asked about 1 month ago

    We encourage you to complete the survey and give us your feedback - the proposed new network will have hierarchical route structure, easier-to-understand route numbering convention (fewer As and Bs), and standard frequencies and service hours across all route types.

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    Is there any plan for transit, connecting BINBROOK with Centennial GO centre?

    Nidhi Pranav asked 12 days ago

    We are currently gauging community support and evaluating potential service options. Further updates will be provided when the revised (Re)envision transit network goes to Council for approval next year.

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    What will happen to the current 5/5b because that is the route I rely on for my daily life. It’s perfect because it takes me exactly where I need to go without any transfers.

    Miles asked 24 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback on the draft (Re)envision transit network. As part of the redesigned network, long distance trips such as those made on the 5 Delaware and its branches are being redirected to either the Hamilton LRT or the new rapid network that will be implemented. This rapid network, which in most cases will run every 10 minutes during peak periods and make limited stops, will allow for substantially lower travel times.

    In the event that a transfer between a local route and a rapid route is required, the majority of these transfers will be able to be done at terminals or major on-street stops, which will feature enhanced customer amenities such as large shelters.

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    Will it be possible to extend some service to Binbrook, even if it is on-demand service.

    AZTEK asked 10 days ago

    We are currently gauging community support and evaluating potential service options. Further updates will be provided when the revised (Re)envision transit network goes to Council for approval next year.

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    Will HSR go to Binbrook? If so when?

    Ira MBA asked about 1 month ago

    We are currently gauging community support and evaluating potential service options. Further updates will be provided when the revised (Re)envision transit network goes to Council for approval next year.

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    Hi, Please, a "non-intensive" transit further down to Town of Caledònia from the Hamilton Airport or directly from Hamilton would be nice. I meant it doesn't have to be like 20 mins per next bus waiting. One hour internude, with possible 30 mins internude for rush hour. It benefits employment and grass root mobility. Less well off famílies perhaps need to do some shopping and visit medical appointments in Hamilton. Thank you for your consideration. Ellis.

    Ellis asked 28 days ago

    Thank you for your suggestion for a transit connection to Caledonia. Service outside of the City of Hamilton’s urban area and to neighbouring municipalities (with the exception of Burlington) is not currently contemplated within the (Re)envision transit network. An inter-municipal service between Hamilton and Caledonia would be most likely offered by GO Transit, as they are the regional transit provider. We suggest reaching out to GO Transit with your suggestion. We thank you for your suggestion.

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    Would it be possible for Route 60 to go along Old Guelph Road (to York Rd) between Highway 6 and York Bl? Then it would service part of the rural community, Columbia College, Sikh Gurdwara, 7th Day Adventist church and the RBG Arboretum. As a Pleasant View community member I would be happy to have transit added to our municipal taxes if that meant having bus service!

    Alison asked about 1 month ago

    The community around Old Guelph Rd and York Rd is currently outside of both the City’s Urban Boundary and the HSR’s Urban Transit Area. As a result, residents of this area currently do not pay for transit service.   One of the items that the HSR is slated to report back to Council on in 2024 is whether to align the Urban Transit Area with the Urban Boundary. Should this happen, the community would need to approach their Councillor about being included within the City’s Urban Boundary.

    In addition, Old Guelph Rd, particularly in the vicinity of Highway 403, has curves and elevation changes that make it unsuitable for transit service, particularly in winter months.

    Having said that, the MTO is currently undertaking design work for a reconfiguration of the Highway 403-Highway 6 interchange, which also includes interchange works around Highway 6 and York Rd. Their current plan includes a Park & Ride in the immediate vicinity of the interchange. Should this plan come to fruition, the HSR would certainly be open to the possibility of stopping at this Park & Ride on route between Hamilton and Waterdown.

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    I have seen that the city intends to have almost all of the north-south mountain bus routes terminate at West Harbour. I believe the city should consider developing a north-south busway parallel, but close by, to James st. From my own inspections of the downtown Hamilton streets, I have determined Hughson and Catherine would make excellent candidates, but Catherine is 400m from James st, so perhaps if a busway could be made to use Macnab around Jackson Square then it would be a better option.

    Arne Sokolovic asked 12 days ago

    Through the draft (Re)envision transit network, the intent is to remain consistent with the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which has identified James St as a Bus Rapid Transit corridor. Due to the positioning of the future LRT stops, there are limited options for north-south bus to east-west LRT connectivity within Downtown Hamilton, with James St being the prime candidate.

    Our intent is to work with several other departments within the City, as well as Council and the general public, to reorient James St to be a transit-focused corridor. There are no other corridors in Downtown Hamilton that connect a major waterfront redevelopment, two GO stations, an LRT station, the Central Business District, a major hospital, and a mountain access in one straight line.  More details regarding the reorientation of James St will be provided at a later date. We thank you for your feedback.

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    Is there a plan to include bus only lanes on the rapid routes, whether it is for part of the route or the entire length of the route? Bus only lanes will help to ensure that the buses run predictably, quicker, and more smoothly by not having to mix in with regular traffic. Thank you!

    Pete asked 4 days ago

    In order to maximize the utility of the proposed rapid network in the draft (Re)envision transit network, various transit priority measures are proposed. At minimum, future rapid corridors will feature Transit Signal Priority (TSP). Depending on the availability of capital funding and of right-of-way, additional measures such as Queue Jump Lanes at intersections or dedicated transit lanes may be included as well. Determinations on where and in what quantity those lanes will be included within the road network, and in what time periods they will be implemented, has yet to be determined.

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    How will a Dundas hub affect any future development of Memorial Square (i.e.. conversion into a pedestrian mall) and what is the status of our Fire Station throughout this process?

    Dundastan asked 3 days ago

    Version 1 of the draft (Re)envision proposed a transit hub for Downtown Dundas, tentatively positioned on Memorial Square. The exact location and configuration of this transit hub will be subject to extensive community consultation, which is still in its early stages. No final decision has been made at this point, nor will it be made without substantive community input beforehand. we also, encourage you to fill out the survey and check the project page for future public consultation sessions.

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