HSR articulated buses deployed on Stoney Creek local routes with overloaded 40' 1-King bus in background on August 29, 2017 Credit: Joey Coleman / The Public Record

This was originally pushed on The Public Record’s microblog on December 2, 2016. We’ve wrapped up that blog and are reposting here.

Every weeknight, the HSR runs double-length articulated buses from Eastgate Square to Downtown Stoney Creek, Stoney Creek Municipal Centre, and Stoney Creek’s Levi Loop.

The passenger loads on all three routes combined wouldn’t fill one regular sized HSR bus. Meanwhile, the HSR is operating 1-King buses with 40′ buses which have to pass people because they are carrying full standing loads.

Here’s a photo of TWO articulated buses on Stoney Creek and a 40′ King bus I boarded a few weeks ago. The bus had to pass people at Wentworth and Wellington. Meanwhile, those articulated buses were running mostly empty in Stoney Creek.

Why is this?

The Stoney Creek buses interline with the 10-B-Line prior to 6 p.m. each day, and the HSR doesn’t switch buses while in service.

How hard is the fix?

Not hard, after 6 p.m. at the Eastgate Terminal, articulated Stoney Creek buses can pull into the 1-King bus stop, the 1-King can pull into the Stoney Creek stop, the drivers switch buses, and that’s it. Nothing complicated.

The only complication is that fixing this problem would require the HSR’s $125,000 per year senior Manager of Customer Service and Scheduling to add a note to the driver schedules to make the switch.

It also requires operations to monitor, and adjust in circumstances such as a traffic collision delaying either route. (This is fairly simple, cancel the switch that evening or await the next opportunity with both buses at Eastgate Terminal.)