Hybrid buses ready to roll across city next week

Community Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Starting next week you will be able to get to more places faster on Hamilton’s public transit system.

The city and Metrolinx officials unveiled earlier this week six of the 18 60- foot diesel-electric hybrid articulated buses that were delivered to the city at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum that will be used on new routes along Upper James and at Eastgate Square starting Sept. 8.

“Public transit is growing considerably,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who joined councillors Lloyd Ferguson and David Mitchell, and area MPPs, including Ted McMeekin, Liberal MPP and Paul Miller, NDP MPP behind the museum to make the announcement. “It’s good today, and it will be good 20 years from now. A regional economy will work only as good as our transportation service.”

The buses, built by New Flyer from Winnipeg, cost about $16.5 million and are part of Hamilton’s “quick fix projects” that were announced last year at a cost of $33 million. Hamilton will have a total of 25 hybrid articulated buses. The city is expected to get another 17 buses next year.

Metrolinx had announced late in 2008 they had contracted with the Winnipeg firm to build 160 businesses for 12 municipalities.

The so-called A-line system, which will begin Sept. 8, will be a limited stop, express service along the James Street- Upper James corridor to the Hamilton Airport, across the mountain west to Fennell Avenue and Mohawk College and eventually to the GO Station on Hunter Street. Eventually the service will be extended to the waterfront, and LIUNA on James Street, says Don Hull, director of transit. But he isn’t sure when that will occur.

“Hopefully public demand will affect more frequent service,” he said.

The service, which along with the existing Bline service was approved by council last year, will run during peak periods Monday to Friday. Those periods are from 7:30 a. m. to 10 a. m. and about 3 p. m. to 6 p. m.

In addition, some of the hybrid buses will be used on the B-line, said Mr. Hull. And beginning Sept. 8, the articulated buses will begin a route across the city along Rymal Road that starts at Eastgate Square, up Centennial Parkway along Rymal Road to Upper Paradise, and eventually ending up at the Ancaster Business Park.

“We are creating an east-west city connection,” said Mr. Hull. “It will provide for shorter trip times and service another business park,” he said.

Hybrid buses ready to roll across city next week

Community Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Starting next week you will be able to get to more places faster on Hamilton’s public transit system.

The city and Metrolinx officials unveiled earlier this week six of the 18 60- foot diesel-electric hybrid articulated buses that were delivered to the city at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum that will be used on new routes along Upper James and at Eastgate Square starting Sept. 8.

“Public transit is growing considerably,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who joined councillors Lloyd Ferguson and David Mitchell, and area MPPs, including Ted McMeekin, Liberal MPP and Paul Miller, NDP MPP behind the museum to make the announcement. “It’s good today, and it will be good 20 years from now. A regional economy will work only as good as our transportation service.”

The buses, built by New Flyer from Winnipeg, cost about $16.5 million and are part of Hamilton’s “quick fix projects” that were announced last year at a cost of $33 million. Hamilton will have a total of 25 hybrid articulated buses. The city is expected to get another 17 buses next year.

Metrolinx had announced late in 2008 they had contracted with the Winnipeg firm to build 160 businesses for 12 municipalities.

The so-called A-line system, which will begin Sept. 8, will be a limited stop, express service along the James Street- Upper James corridor to the Hamilton Airport, across the mountain west to Fennell Avenue and Mohawk College and eventually to the GO Station on Hunter Street. Eventually the service will be extended to the waterfront, and LIUNA on James Street, says Don Hull, director of transit. But he isn’t sure when that will occur.

“Hopefully public demand will affect more frequent service,” he said.

The service, which along with the existing Bline service was approved by council last year, will run during peak periods Monday to Friday. Those periods are from 7:30 a. m. to 10 a. m. and about 3 p. m. to 6 p. m.

In addition, some of the hybrid buses will be used on the B-line, said Mr. Hull. And beginning Sept. 8, the articulated buses will begin a route across the city along Rymal Road that starts at Eastgate Square, up Centennial Parkway along Rymal Road to Upper Paradise, and eventually ending up at the Ancaster Business Park.

“We are creating an east-west city connection,” said Mr. Hull. “It will provide for shorter trip times and service another business park,” he said.

Hybrid buses ready to roll across city next week

Community Sep 04, 2009 Ancaster News

Starting next week you will be able to get to more places faster on Hamilton’s public transit system.

The city and Metrolinx officials unveiled earlier this week six of the 18 60- foot diesel-electric hybrid articulated buses that were delivered to the city at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum that will be used on new routes along Upper James and at Eastgate Square starting Sept. 8.

“Public transit is growing considerably,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who joined councillors Lloyd Ferguson and David Mitchell, and area MPPs, including Ted McMeekin, Liberal MPP and Paul Miller, NDP MPP behind the museum to make the announcement. “It’s good today, and it will be good 20 years from now. A regional economy will work only as good as our transportation service.”

The buses, built by New Flyer from Winnipeg, cost about $16.5 million and are part of Hamilton’s “quick fix projects” that were announced last year at a cost of $33 million. Hamilton will have a total of 25 hybrid articulated buses. The city is expected to get another 17 buses next year.

Metrolinx had announced late in 2008 they had contracted with the Winnipeg firm to build 160 businesses for 12 municipalities.

The so-called A-line system, which will begin Sept. 8, will be a limited stop, express service along the James Street- Upper James corridor to the Hamilton Airport, across the mountain west to Fennell Avenue and Mohawk College and eventually to the GO Station on Hunter Street. Eventually the service will be extended to the waterfront, and LIUNA on James Street, says Don Hull, director of transit. But he isn’t sure when that will occur.

“Hopefully public demand will affect more frequent service,” he said.

The service, which along with the existing Bline service was approved by council last year, will run during peak periods Monday to Friday. Those periods are from 7:30 a. m. to 10 a. m. and about 3 p. m. to 6 p. m.

In addition, some of the hybrid buses will be used on the B-line, said Mr. Hull. And beginning Sept. 8, the articulated buses will begin a route across the city along Rymal Road that starts at Eastgate Square, up Centennial Parkway along Rymal Road to Upper Paradise, and eventually ending up at the Ancaster Business Park.

“We are creating an east-west city connection,” said Mr. Hull. “It will provide for shorter trip times and service another business park,” he said.