Hamilton’s HSR celebrates its 150th anniversary

The Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) – Hamilton’s public transit agency – is celebrating an impressive 150 years in operation. 

The HSR has been an integral part of Hamilton since 1874 – back when it operated horse-drawn streetcars! – serving as the major connection point for transportation within the city. 

Electric-powered streetcars followed, and the HSR eventually introduced buses in 1926, with the last streetcar run taking place in 1951. 

This is a far cry from what the HSR looks like today, with over 30 routes provided extensive transit connections throughout Hamilton from Stoney Creek to Dundas and everywhere in between. 

To commemorate this major milestone, the HSR is hosting Customer Appreciation Week from May 19th to 25th, including select retro-wrapped buses designed to look like HSR vehicles from back in the day. Driving various routes in the city, rides on a retro-wrapped bus are free of charge until May 25th. 

Additionally, select dates starting in May will offer HSR rides $1.50 fares – in honour of 150 years of service – with the first date being May 20th and other dates promised through to the end of 2024. 

Finally, special commemorative HSR 150 PRESTO cards – featuring a photo of the horse-and-buggy streetcar that started it all – are being made available for purchase at HSR Customer Service (36 Hunter Street East) beginning May 21st. 

See more on the city website

Lead image courtesy of @hsr

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