Hamilton will end free HSR fare for disabled riders

People with disabilities who make use of the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) transit system will no longer be able to access the bus for free.

The City of Hamilton has announced a new ‘Fare Assist’ program beginning January 1st, 2024, which will see riders with disabilities – who have previously been able to ride the HSR for free – now required to pay a fare. 

The city says the goal of ‘Fare Assist’ is to have one discount HSR program that’s easier to use and offers affordable transit for those in need regardless of age or ability. 

Those who are eligible for the program can apply to receive a 30 per cent discount on current single-ride PRESTO fare for one year following approval of their application, with the option to reapply each year.

Fare is available on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, so eligible HSR transit users do not need to purchase a monthly pass.

Details on the application process will be made available on the city website at a later date. 

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