HSR Last Call and Overnight Service: Some Thoughts
By Joey Coleman // @JoeyColeman
Published: Apr 30 2017 (2 months ago) // Last Updated: Apr 30 2017 (2 months ago)
Happening right now on Twitter is a discussion about why HSR bus service ends at 1:20am Mon to Sat.
The reason is prior to 1996, Last Call at alcohol serving establishments was 1am. HSR end of service reflects the Hamilton of the 1980s.
Councillor Matthew Green joined the conversation, saying he'll bring a motion asking for a staff report on HSR end of service times.
Here are my thoughts:
Adjust HSR end of service times to 1:30am. At present 1:20 does not reflect the common :00 :30 pattern of HSR buses departing downtown; and many schedules just chop 10 minutes of running time on buses that departed downtown at 12:30 to be back for 1:20 - this is why we see buses driving so fast at this time.
Run skeleton HSR service from 1:30am to 5:30am Tues to Sat, 1:30am to 6:30am Sun, midnight to 5:30am Mon with the following routes:
- "101 King Overnight" from Bell Manor Loop in Stoney Creek to Fiesta Mall via Grays Road, Queenston/Main/King/Main to University Plaza in Dundas via Main West following the B-Line routing in West Hamilton.
- "102 Barton Overnight" from Downtown to Bell Manor.
- "125 Upper Wentworth Overnight" from Downtown to the Hospital at Upper Sherman, Upper Sherman to Fennell, Fennell to Upper Wentworth, Upper Wentworth to Limeridge Mall only.
- "127 Upper James Overnight" from Downtown to Mohawk via James Mountain Road, then Fennell to Upper James, Upper James to Mountain HSR Garage (with Transcab link to airport)
- A "141 Mohawk Overnight" that services Meadowlands to Upper Paradise via Stone Church, Upper Paradise to Mohawk, Mohawk to Kenilworth Traffic Circle using regular routing, then Kenilworth to Barton, Barton to Ottawa, Ottawa to King, King to Kenilworth, and resume regular routing.
- A "143 Stone Church Overnight" from Lime Ridge Mall to Valley Park Recreation Centre, Valley Park Recreation Centre to Eastgate Square. This provides service to Upper Stoney Creek, the upper East Mountain, and provides a quick connection to the Lower City at Eastgate to the King Overnight for workers travelling to employment in Stoney Creek's industrial section.
Thank you for the feedback on Twitter, one that stands out is Anne Tennier's suggestion of service to the Red Hill Business Park.
Aligning the "143 Stone Church Overnight" to go to the Park from Stone Crunch as a loop could work.