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"Day of Action" rally disrupts downtown Hamilton transit,
January 29



On Saturday, January 29, members of the United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1005 are hosting a rally at Hamilton City Hall and a march along downtown streets to demand action from the Governments of Canada to resolve its labour dispute with U.S. Steel.

U.S. Steel has locked out the members of Local 1005 for 11 weeks, while trying to change to the pension arrangements it negotiated with the government, when it bought the former Steel Company of Canada from its previous owners.

Local 1005 expects about 10,000 unionized workers and municipal, provincial and federal politicians from across Canada to join the event.

The City of Hamilton is closing

  • Bay Street South between King and Main Streets West,
  • John Street South between King and Main Streets East,
  • King Streets East and West between John and Bay Streets, and
  • Main Street East and West between John and Bay Streets South

on Saturday afternoon to accommodate the rally and march.

Burlington Transit, GO Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are detouring buses during the event.


The event affects these routes:

Burlington Transit1 Fairview - Plains.

GO Transit16 Hamilton - Union express via QEW, 18 Hamilton - Aldershot.

Hamilton Street Railway1 King, 2 Barton, 3 Cannon, 4 Bayfront, 5 / 5A / 5E Delaware, 5B Main West, 5C West Hamilton, 6 Aberdeen, 7 Locke, 8 York, 21 Upper Kenilworth, 22 Upper Ottawa, 23 Upper Gage, 24 Upper Sherman, 25 Upper Wentworth, 26 Upper Wellington, 27 Upper James, 33 Sanatorium, 34 Upper Paradise, 35 College, 51 University, 52 Dundas.


Burlington Transit, GO Transit and the Hamilton Street Railway are detouring buses during the event.

Burlington Transit

(Burlington Transit has confirmed the detour.)

1 Fairview - Plains

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, buses operating toward Hamilton proceed along their regular route to Wilson Street and John Street North, ending their trips.

Hamilton-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Catharine Street North at King William Street and
  • on King Street East at James Street North.

Buses operating toward Burlington start their trips on Wilson Street at John Street North, then detour:

northward along John North; and then
westward along Cannon Streets East and West to Bay Street North,
resuming their regular route westward along Cannon West.

Burlington-bound buses skip their regular stops

  • on King Street West across from Summers Lane and
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and at Vine Street.
GO Transit

(GO has confirmed that buses are detouring, but has not confirmed the exact detour. This post describes how GO detoured buses during previous events that closed King and Main Streets East and West between Bay and John Streets.)

18 Hamilton - Aldershot
16 Hamilton - Union express via QEW

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, buses operating toward Hamilton proceed along their regular route to Main Street West and Dundurn Street South, then detour:

southward along Dundurn South;
westward along Herkimer Street;
northward along James Street South; and then
westward into the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Buses operating toward Hamilton skip their regular stops

  • on Main Street West at Poulette Street and Pearl, Ray, Caroline, Bay and MacNab Streets South.

Buses operating away from Hamilton start their trips at the the Hamilton GO Centre then proceed:

northward along John Street South;
westward along Hunter Streets East and West; and then
northward along Locke Street South to King Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along King.

Buses operating away from Hamilton skip their regular stops

  • on King Street East west of John Street North and
  • on King Street West across from Summers Lane and at Caroline, Queen and Pearl Streets North.
Hamilton Street Railway

( The HSR has confirmed the detours. You can see a map of the HSR detours during the parade here. (.pdf))

6 Aberdeen

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Hunter Street East, and then detour:

westward along Hunter East to a stop across from the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East,
  • on John Street North at King Street East,
  • on Rebecca Street at Hughson Street North,
  • on James Street North opposite King William Street and
  • on James Street South at Main Street West.

Outbound buses start their trips from a stop on the north side of Hunter Street East, across from the Hamilton GO Centre, then proceed:

westward along Hunter to James Street South,
resuming their regular route southward along James.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street South at Main and Hunter Streets West.
2 Barton

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to James Street North south of York Boulevard, ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street North north of King Street West,
  • on James Street South south of Jackson Street West and
  • in the Hamilton GO Centre.

Outbound buses start their trips on James Street North south of York Boulevard, then proceed:

southward along James North; and then
eastward along King William Street to John Street North,
resuming their regular route northward along John North.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in the Hamilton GO Centre,
  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East and
  • on John Street North, north of King Street East.
4 Bayfront

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to James Street North across from Rebecca Street, ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street South at Main Street West.

Outbound buses start their trips on James Street North across from Rebecca Street, then proceed:

southward along James North; and then
eastward along King William Street;
northward along John Street North; and then
westward along Wilson Street and York Boulevard to MacNab Street North,
resuming their regular route northward along MacNab North.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street South at Main and Hunter Streets West,
  • on Hunter Street West at MacNab Street South, opposite Park Street South and at Bay Street South,
  • on Bay Street South opposite George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West and
  • on York Boulevard opposite Park Street North.
3 Cannon

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to James Street North south of York Boulevard, ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street North north of King Street West,
  • on James Street South south of Jackson Street West and
  • in the Hamilton GO Centre.

Outbound buses start their trips on James Street North south of York Boulevard, then proceed:

southward along James North; and then
eastward along King William Street to John Street North,
resuming their regular route northward along John North.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in the Hamilton GO Centre,
  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East and
  • on John Street North, north of King Street East.
35 College

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Hunter Street East, then detour:

westward along Hunter East to a stop across from the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East and
  • in MacNab Terminal.

Outbound buses start their trips on the north side of Hunter Street East across from the Hamilton GO Centre, then proceed:

westward along Hunter East to James Street South,
resuming their regular route southward along James South.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in MacNab Terminal and
  • on James Street South, south of Main Street West and at Hunter Street West.
5 / 5A / 5E Delaware

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, buses operate along their regular route to Main Street West and Caroline Street South, then detour:

southward along Locke;
eastward along Bold Street;
northward along James Street South;
eastward through the Hamilton GO Centre bus terminal,
northward along John Street South;
eastward along Jackson Street East; and then
northward along Bowen Street to Main Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Main East.

Buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Street West at Bay and MacNab Streets South and
  • on Main Street East at Hughson and John Streets South.
52 Dundas

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, buses operate along their regular route to Hunter Street East and John Street South, then detour:

westward along Hunter Streets East and West; and then
northward along Hess Street South to King Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along King West.

Buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East,
  • on King Street East west of John Street North and
  • on King Street West west of James Street North and at Bay and Caroline Streets North.
1 King

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street East and Catharine Street, then detour:

southward along Catharine Street South;
westward along Hunter Street East;
southward along James Street South; and then
eastward into the Hamilton GO Centre bus terminal,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on King Street East at Catharine Street North and west of Hughson Street North,
  • on James Street South south of Jackson Street West and
  • in the Hamilton GO Centre.

Outbound buses start their trips in the Hamilton GO Centre, as usual, then proceed:

northward along John Street South;
eastward along Jackson Street East; and then
northward along Bowen Street to Main Street East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Main.

Outbound buses skip no regular stops.

7 Locke

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Locke Street South and Bold Street, then detour:

eastward along Bold Street;
northward along James Street South;
eastward through the Hamilton GO Centre bus terminal;
northward along John Street South; and then
westward along Hunter Street East,
ending their trips at a stop across from the Hamilton GO Centre.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Locke Street South at Main Street West,
  • on Main Street West at Pearl, Hess and Caroline Streets South,
  • on Bay Street South opposite George Street,
  • on Bay Street North north of King Street West,
  • on York Boulevard opposite Park Street North and at James Street North,
  • on James Street North opposite Rebecca and King William Streets and
  • on James Street South at Main Street.

Outbound buses start their trips at a stop on the north side of Hunter Street East across from the Hamilton GO Centre, then proceed:

westward along Hunter East to James Street South, resuming their their regular route westward along Hunter Street West.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street South at Main and Hunter Streets West.
5B Main West

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, buses operate along their regular route to Hunter Street East and John Street South, then detour:

westward along Hunter Streets East and West; and then
northward along Hess Street South to King Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along King West.

Buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East,
  • on King Street East west of John Street North and
  • on King Street West west of James Street North and at Bay and Caroline Streets North.
33 Sanatorium

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Hunter Street East, then detour:

westward along Hunter East to a stop across from the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East and
  • in the MacNab Terminal.

Outbound buses start their trips on the north side of Hunter Street East across from the Hamilton GO Centre, then proceed:

westward along Hunter East to James Street South,
resuming their regular route southward along James South.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in the MacNab Terminal and
  • on James Street South, south of Main Street West and at Hunter Street West.
51 University

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses travel along their regular route to Main Street West and Caroline Street South, then detour:

southward along Caroline South;
westward along Bold Street;

northward along James Street South; and then
eastward into the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Street West at Bay and MacNab Streets South,
  • on James Street South at Jackson Street West and
  • in the Hamilton GO Centre.

Outbound buses start their trips at the the Hamilton GO Centre then proceed:

northward along John Street South;
westward along Hunter Streets East and West; and then
northward along Hess Street South to King Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along King West.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in the Hamilton GO Centre,
  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East,
  • on King Street East, west of John Street North and
  • on King Street West, west of James Street North and at Bay and Caroline Streets North.
23 Upper Gage
27 Upper James
21 Upper Kenilworth
22 Upper Ottawa

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Hunter Street East, then detour:

westward along Hunter East to a stop across from the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East and
  • in the MacNab Terminal.

Outbound buses start their trips on the north side of Hunter Street East across from the Hamilton GO Centre, then proceed:

westward along Hunter East to James Street South,
resuming their regular route southward along James South.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in the MacNab Terminal and
  • on James Street South, south of Main Street West and at Hunter Street West.
34 Upper Paradise

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to Hess Street South and Bold Street, then detour:

eastward along Bold;
northhward along James Street South;
eastward through the Hamilton GO Centre bus terminal;
northward along John Street South; and then
westward along Hunter Streets East and West
to a stop just west of James Street South,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Hess Street South at Hunter Street West,
  • on Main Street West at Caroline, Bay and MacNab Streets South,
  • on Main Street East, east of James Street South and
  • on King Street East at James Street North.

Outbound buses start their trips on Hunter Street West just west of James Street South, then proceed:

westward along Hunter Streets East and West to Queen Street South,
resuming their regular route southward along Queen.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on King Street East at James Street North,
  • on King Street West at Bay and Caroline Streets North and
  • on Queen Street South at Main Street West and Canada Street.

The HSR is also detouring buses operating along this route during the Hamilton Remembrance Day Parade.

24 Upper Sherman
26 Upper Wellington
25 Upper Wentworth

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to John Street South and Hunter Street East, then detour:

westward along Hunter East to a stop across from the Hamilton GO Centre,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East and
  • in the MacNab Terminal.

Outbound buses start their trips on the north side of Hunter Street East across from the Hamilton GO Centre, then proceed:

westward along Hunter East to James Street South,
resuming their regular route southward along James South.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops

  • in the MacNab Terminal and
  • on James Street South, south of Main Street West and at Hunter Street West.
5C West Hamilton

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, buses operate along their regular route to Hunter Street East and John Street South, then detour:

westward along Hunter Streets East and West; and then
northward along Hess Street South to King Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along King West.

Buses skip their regular stops

  • on John Street South at Jackson Street East,
  • on King Street East west of John Street North and
  • on King Street West west of James Street North and at Bay and Caroline Streets North.
8 York

From about 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, inbound buses operate along their regular route to York Boulevard and James Street North, then detour:

eastward along Wilson Street;
southward along Catharine Streets North and South; and then
westward along Hunter Street East and West
to a stop just west of James Street South.
ending their trips.

Inbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on James Street North across from Rebecca and King William Streets and
  • on James Street South at Main Street West.

Outbound buses start their trips from a stop on Hunter Street West just west of James Street South, then proceed:

westward along Hunter Street West; and then
northward along Hess Streets South and North to Cannon Street West,
resuming their regular route westward along Cannon West.

Outbound buses skip their regular stops - on James Street South at Main and Hunter Streets West. - on Bay Street South across from George Street, - on Bay Street North north of King Street West and at Vine Street and - on Cannon Street West at Hess Street North.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown