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Hamilton football fans may ride HSR free of fare to and from Ti-Cats games

The Hamilton Street Railway is offering Canadian Football League fans free rides to and from Hamilton Tiger-Cats games at Tim Hortons Field again this year.

The 2022 Ticket to Ride program allows you to ride any HSR bus free of fare from two hours before the start of any home game until the end of service on game day, if you hold a valid ticket for the game.

You can also take advantage of Tiger-Cats Express shuttles. Park your car at or near one of three terminals across the City and the HSR will whisk you directly to the stadium on an express bus — and then take you back to the terminals after the game. (You can also take another HSR bus to one of the three terminals — just show your game ticket to the bus operator and that’s your ticket to ride.)


^ Map of shuttle stops near Lime Ridge Mall and Lime Ridge terminal.


^ Map of shuttle stops at University Plaza terminal.


^ Map of shuttle stops at Eastgate terminal.


^ Map of shuttle stops on Cannon Street East near Tim Hortons Field.

Tiger-Cats Express shuttles

Express shuttle buses operate from:

  • University Plaza, leaving from the 10 B-Line express platform and stopping only on Main Street West at Emerson Avenue (across from McMaster University — the stop for eastbound buses along the 5 Delaware and 10 B-Line express routes) and on Main Street East at John Street South (regular routes 5 and 10 stop), near the Hamilton GO Centre. Buses start about two hours before the games and operate about every 20 minutes minutes before game time. On their return trip to University Plaza, the buses stop on King Street East at Hughson Street North (regular route 10 stop) and on Main Street West across from Emerson Avenue (beside McMaster University) (regular routes 5 and 10 stops).
  • Lime Ridge Mall, leaving from the north end of the mall near the old Sears store, stopping only in Lime Ridge Terminal at platform 5, (the stop for eastbound buses along the 41 Mohawk and 42 Mohawk East routes). Buses start about two hours before the games and operate every 15-30 minutes until game time.
  • Eastgate Square Terminal, leaving from the 10 B-Line express platform, stopping only on Queenston Road at the regular stop for buses along the 1 King route. Buses start about two hours before the games and operate every 30 minutes until game time.

You can find free parking in lots with the Tiger-Cats banner near the terminals at Eastgate Square, Lime Ridge Mall and the University Plaza.

Buses operating along the three shuttle routes drop off and pick up passengers on the north side of Cannon Street East between Balsam and Melrose avenues North.

Passengers who use D.A.R.T.S (Disabled and Aged Regional Transit System) can also ride to the game for free, if they hold a valid ticket for the game. Book your ride by calling 905-529-1717.

The Ticket to Ride program is in effect — and the Tiger-Cats express buses operate — before and after home games:

GO Transit passengers arriving at the Hamilton GO Centre can walk two blocks north to Main Street East and John Street South to board the express shuttle buses. Or board regular-service HSR buses operating along the 2 Barton or 3 Cannon routes at the terminal inside the GO Centre.

You can exit buses operating along the 2 Barton route at Barton Street East and Lenister Avenue and walk one block south to Tim Hortons Field. You can exit buses operating along the 3 Cannon route at Cannon Street East and Balsam Avenue North, cross Cannon East and walk north to the stadium.

If you arrive at West Harbour GO Station, walk one block south and two blocks east to John Street North and Barton Street East to board an eastbound bus along the 2 Barton route.