Riding with HSR

Customer Service

To ensure physical distancing for operators and customers, effective Friday, April 3, 2020, HSR has implemented changes in how service will be delivered:

  • All customers are required to enter and exit through the rear doors.
  • This includes Customers using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and all other personal mobility devices (PMD’s.) They are no longer being loaded from front door. To facilitate access to the bus, customers using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and all other PMD’s will be required to travel with a companion. The companion will be required to deploy the ramp under the direction of the operator. If there is a requirement for the wheelchair or scooter to be secured, the companion will be required to facilitate this as well. HSR will now only be able to accommodate one (1) wheelchair/scooter per bus regardless of the vehicle size.
  • In addition, effective Saturday, April 4, DARTS will be providing bus-stop to bus-stop service for HSR customers using wheelchairs, scooters and CNIB card holders. This will allow those traveling with personal mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters, and CNIB cardholders to travel without a companion. Learn more about Alternative service for HSR customers with wheelchairs, scooters or CNIB card-holders
  • HSR is restricting customer loads to 10 people on a 40 ft bus; and 15 people on a 60 ft articulated bus. Signs will be posted to identify which seats are not available for use. Operators will be by-passing stops if the load on the bus is in excess of the above amounts, or if there are concerns with physical distancing.


The HSR is operating on a reduced schedule until further notice. Most routes are operating on a Saturday schedule on weekdays. Weekend service remains the same: regular Saturday service will operate on Saturdays and regular Sunday service will operate on Sundays.


Have a question about HSR's response to COVID-19?

Submit your question. We’ll do our best to answer it on our FAQ page. View the FAQ for Transit Customers

Information line 905-527-4441

  • Need to know what route operates where?
  • Need a Bus Check number?
  • Need information mailed to you?

Call 905-527-4441. Our Information Clerks are available seven days a week, 7:30 am to 8 pm. When you call for information, please make sure you know where you are travelling to and from, and at what time of day. If you call outside of their office hours, an Operations Staff member may be able assist you.

Customer Service Line 905-527-4441

  • Have a recommendation, complaint or request?
  • Need to report a lost item?
  • Have a question about Customer outreach?

Call 905-527-4441. Our Information Clerks or Operations Staff member can transfer you to a Customer Service Representative, who are available weekdays between 8 am to 4 pm and closed on holidays.  If the line busy or you are calling outside of business hours, you can leave a voice mail message for the Customer Service Representative. You can also send an email to [email protected]

HSR Administrative Line 905-528-4200

Our Administrative office is open weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, please call 905-528-4200.

HSR Customer Service Centre - 36 Hunter Street East

  • Need a photo ID?
  • Need a timetable?
  • Need a PRESTO card or Day Pass?
  • Need a HSR paper ticket or paper Monthly Pass?
  • Need a Senior Annual Pass or Golden Age Pass?

Visit the HSR Customer Service Centre at 36 Hunter Street East (Hamilton GO Centre), Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on holidays. We accept Cash as well as Direct Debit, Master Card and Visa for all purchases over $5 at this location. Where to buy HSR paper tickets/monthly passes? The HSR Customer Service Centre is now selling HSR paper tickets and HSR paper Monthly passes. View a list of local vendors selling paper tickets and monthly passes.

MacNab Street Terminal

  • Hours: Monday to Saturday 5 am to 1:30 am and Sunday & Holidays 5 am to 12:30 am
  • Washrooms
  • Schedules

HSR Twitter

Social media accounts are administered by staff at the City of Hamilton. The @HSR Twitter account is updated and monitored Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, providing proactive operational information, customer service inquiries and marketing messages. The @HSRnow Twitter account is an automated, unmonitored account, providing real-time, 24/7 service alerts.

For more HSR information call the customer service line at 905-527-4441. 

For official correspondence regarding HSR service, email [email protected] or phone 905-546-2489.

Booking an HSR Charter

  • A charter can be reserved a minimum of one week in advance
  • 2018 charter rate is $137.60 per hour plus HST with a minimum booking of 3 hours every time a bus leaves the MRTC
  • Payment in advance by cash, certified cheque, money order or major credit cards
  • Payment to be received no less than five working days before date of service
  • Charters do not run Monday to Friday, 6 to 9:30 am and 2:30 to 6:30 pm

To reserve your charter, email [email protected] or call 905-546-2424 ext. 5942.  

Please have the following details available when booking your charter:

  • Date of charter 
  • Pick up location and time 
  • Return location and time 
  • Suggested routing 
  • Chartering of a HSR vehicle must be contracted by a person of 18 years of age or older. 
  • Rental of any HSR vehicle is strictly subject to availability. 
  • The HSR reserves the right to cancel any and all charter services without notice and the HSR shall not be responsible for any losses incurred as a result of such cancellation. 
  • Payment in advance by cash, certified cheque, money order or major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express). Payment to be received no less than five (5) working days before date of service. Please make certified cheque or money order payable to the Hamilton Street Railway. 
  • Cancellation charge of $150.00 will apply to all charters cancelled later than 11 am on the last business day prior to date of the charter. 
  • Extra mileage, time or vehicles ordered other than outlined on the charter itinerary will be charged for at regular rates. 
  • Any damage or excessive uncleanliness of / to the vehicle, caused by the passengers, will be charged by the carrier to the chartering party. 
  • Operators will not pay entrance / parking fees to parks or picnic areas. Operators do not park in restricted areas. 
  • The loading and unloading of any personal possessions and/or equipment is the responsibility of the chartering party. 
  • Unauthorized signage or any other object displayed on interior or exterior of vehicle is prohibited. 
  • Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages on all vehicles are prohibited. 
  • These terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.