Sunday, April 15, 2012

Figuring out the Delaware Bus

Route 5 Delaware is the longest route in the HSR, travelling a total of 44.42km from loop to loop. The farthest west point in this length is at the Meadowlands Terminal in Ancaster (5C) and the farthest east point (5) is at Jones & King.

Route 52 Main West - Dundas is an extension of this route, as the reverse direction of 'Route 5 Delaware' and returns from Jones & King in Stoney Creek.

'Route 5 Delaware' headed east returns as 'Route 5B Main West' OR 'Route 52 Dundas'
The eastbound trip travels to Jones & King via Delaware. The westbound trip runs as a '5B' goes to University Plaza in Dundas via Delaware. The thing that makes this destination confusing is that no '5B' runs during on weekends, and that on weekdays the '5B' only runs during the early morning, between 10am-2pm and again 7pm-10pm. During the other times the '5' returns westbound as a '52' instead traveling usually to Pirie & Governors but also to Head Street Loop once or twice. Luckily the '52' passes the loop point of the '5B' so it's not all that bad. Got all that?

East - Route 5 Delaware - to Jones & King - via Delaware
West - Route 5B West Hamilton - to University Plaza - via Delaware (no Sunday service/limited weekday and Saturday service)
West - Route 52 Dundas - to Pirie & Governors - via King St E
West - Route 52 Dundas - to Head Street Loop - via Delaware

'Route 5A Delaware' headed east returns as 'Route 5C West Hamilton'
Again the eastbound trip is pretty simple. The '5A' travels to 'Greenhill & Cochrane' (old analogue destination signs used to give this route the added name 'Rosedale' as the bus turns on Rosedale Ave). The westbound trip is what gets complicated. The '5C' has two different final destinations alternating between the West Hamilton Loop and Meadowlands. Luckily both trips travel via Delaware, however what adds to the complication is that there is no service to Meadowlands on weekends so there is only one destination on Saturday and Sunday.

East - Route 5A Delaware - to Greenhill & Cochrane - via Delaware
*note* the last run of the night at 12:40am leaving Meadowlands runs to both the '5A' and '5E' loops.
West - Route 5C West Hamilton - to West Hamilton Loop - via Delaware
West - Route 5C West Hamilton - to Meadowlands - via Delaware (weekdays only)

'Route 5E Delaware' headed east returns as 'Route 52 Dundas'
Finally the eastbound trip is the easiest. The '5E' travels to Quigley & Greenhill (old analogue destination signs used to give this route the added name 'Greenhill' as the bus turns on Greenhill Ave). The confusing part about this is that westbound trips of '52' have two different final destinations in Dundas. The bus alternates between Pirie & Governors or to Head Street Loop. What makes it even more confusing is that if the '52' is going to Pirie & Governors it will travel the route via Delaware, but if the bus is going to the Head Street Loop it travels along King St E to downtown (except for a few that do take Delaware). Luckily the destination sign usually displays this, but can be a bit confusing.

East - Route 5E Delaware - to Quigley & Greenhill - via Delaware
West - Route 52 Dundas - to Pirie & Governors - via King St E
West - Route 52 Dundas - to Head Street Loop - via King St E
West - Route 52 Dundas - to Head Street Loop - via Delaware
West - Route 5B West Hamilton - to University Plaza - via King St E (one run in the latenight at 12:48am weekdays only)

This route is by far the most complicated route in the system (and likely many systems).

3 comments:

  1. This route is definitely confusing, perhaps for historical reasons with which I'm not very familiar, as I have only lived in Hamilton since 2005. I have the following proposal to simplify the way this route is designated, with letters based on routing rather than destinations (as in most transit systems) and a new route name: MAIN, as the route hardly travels on Delaware Avenue at all, with some runs bypassing it altogether, while all runs travel on Main Street for a much longer distance:

    5 MAIN - JONES & KING VIA DELAWARE
    5 MAIN - HEAD STREET LOOP VIA DELAWARE
    5A MAIN - GREENHILL & COCHRANE VIA DELAWARE
    5A MAIN - WEST HAMILTON LOOP VIA DELAWARE
    5B MAIN - JONES & KING VIA DELAWARE
    5B MAIN - UNIVERSITY PLAZA PLATFORM 1 VIA DELAWARE
    5C MAIN - GREENHILL & COCHRANE VIA DELAWARE
    5C MAIN - MEADOWLANDS TERMINAL VIA DELAWARE
    5D MAIN - JONES & KING VIA DELAWARE
    5D MAIN - PIRIE & GOVERNORS VIA DELAWARE
    5E MAIN - QUIGLEY & GREENHILL VIA MAIN
    5E MAIN - HEAD STREET LOOP VIA KING
    5F MAIN - QUIGLEY & GREENHILL VIA MAIN
    5F MAIN - PIRIE & GOVERNORS VIA KING

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    1. The idea has merit, though there isn't much sense in having two different branch designations for the same routing, i.e. "5E MAIN - QUIGLEY & GREENHILL VIA MAIN" and "5F MAIN - QUIGLEY & GREENHILL VIA MAIN."

      The route would be easier to understand if it were totally scrapped and rebuilt from scratch.

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  2. The difference that I intend between 5E MAIN - QUIGLEY & GREENHILL VIA MAIN and 5F MAIN - QUIGLEY & GREENHILL VIA MAIN is that 5E departs from Head Street Loop and 5F departs from Pirie & Governors. The routings are similar, but not the same, although combining these two designations into one would be another option.

    You're probably right that the route would be easier to understand if it were totally scrapped and rebuilt from scratch, though I kept that possibility out of scope in my propositions for simplifying this route (and others, though the changes I propose for the others are far less radical).

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