Hamilton youth can ride HSR for half-price as part of recovery strategy

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Published May 10, 2022 at 10:50 am

Hamilton youth can ride HSR for half-price as part of recovery strategy
Youth are getting half-price Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) rides as part of the city's ridership recovery strategy — approved by city council last October.

Youth are getting half-price Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) rides this summer as part of the city’s ridership recovery strategy.

Announced Tuesday (May 10), individuals between the ages of 13 and 19 using Presto will get a 50 per cent discount during the months of June, July, and August. The discount will automatically apply to single rides and monthly passes when using a Presto card set for a youth concession. School or government-issued ID will be required.

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“This is a great opportunity for youth who are working a summer job, taking summer school, or getting back out into the city for summer events and activities,” said Maureen Cosyn Heath, HSR transit director. “By making transit more affordable, we’re encouraging more young people to use transit and building the ridership of tomorrow.”

In response to the lack of ridership since the COVID-19 pandemic, the HSR recovery strategy was approved by city council last October. Previously announced fare promotions include free rides for children ages six to 12 until April 30, 2023, and an enhanced loyalty program that helps customers earn free fare after eight trips.

“I’m excited that the City of Hamilton is able to cut fares in half for youth aged 13 to 19 this summer,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “With soaring gas prices, transit is an affordable option that connects youth to employment and academic opportunities and enables greater connections with their communities, family and social networks while keeping more money in their pockets.”

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