HSR reduces bus schedule until April amid latest COVID-19 wave

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Published January 7, 2022 at 2:35 pm

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) announced it is "adjusting service levels" as a result of the latest COVID-19 wave. (intheHammer photo)

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) announced Friday (Jan. 7) it is “adjusting service levels” as a result of the latest COVID-19 wave.

Effective Jan. 23, HSR will operate a reduced schedule — similar to the schedule used during the summer.

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“As we are experiencing rising cases of COVID-19, adjusting service enables us to provide more predictable and reliable service,” said Maureen Cosyn Heath, Director of Transit, HSR. “I want to thank and acknowledge the staff at HSR who have worked around the clock to make schedule adjustments and sign up for new routes. We know our customers rely on our service and we are doing everything in our power to mitigate the impact resulting from the ongoing health crisis.”

The changes will affect routes 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34, 35, 41, 43, 55, and 58. Additionally,  reduced weekday service will continue on Route 51.

School extras may operate depending on the status of in-person instruction, HSR added.

“With the rise in COVID-19 cases, HSR schedules and routes will be modified,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “It is imperative for us to make sure City of Hamilton residents have access to public transportation to navigate around the city while providing support to those who need time off while unwell.”

“Thank you to the HSR operators who have worked throughout this pandemic and continue to step up ensuring dependable service and transportation, and thank you to the community for your understanding and patience,” he added. “We must continue to work together and support one another as the situation evolves and changes take place.”

The changes will be in effect until Apr. 30.

Customers are encouraged to download the HSRnow app on their devices for up-to-date information.

HSR schedules can also be found online.

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