To ensure physical distancing for operators and customers, effective Friday, April 3, 2020, HSR has implemented changes in how service will be delivered:
All customers are required to enter and exit through the rear doors.
This includes Customers using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and all other personal mobility devices (PMD’s.) They are no longer being loaded from front door. To facilitate access to the bus, customers using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and all other PMD’s will be required to travel with a companion. The companion will be required to deploy the ramp under the direction of the operator. If there is a requirement for the wheelchair or scooter to be secured, the companion will be required to facilitate this as well. HSR will now only be able to accommodate one (1) wheelchair/scooter per bus regardless of the vehicle size.
Effective Saturday, April 4, DARTS will be providing bus-stop to bus-stop service for HSR customers using wheelchairs, scooters and CNIB card holders. This will allow those traveling with personal mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters, and CNIB cardholders to travel without a companion.
HSR is restricting customer loads to 10 people on a 40 ft bus; and 15 people on a 60 ft articulated bus. Signs will be posted to identify which seats are not available for use. Operators will be by-passing stops if the load on the bus is in excess of the above amounts, or if there are concerns with physical distancing.
If you are a non-ambulatory HSR customer and unable to get onto an HSR bus, please call DARTS at 905-529-1717 and Press 1 for Reservations.
To ensure safety, customers will be screened by the reservationist on the essential travel, health and device type in addition to CNIB card-holders.
Customers should be prepared to be picked up within a +/- 10 minute window of the desired pick-up time.
Customers that book a DARTS ride are asked to honour their reservation so that HSR and DARTS can best meet customer and community needs.
If travel plans change, customers are asked to call DARTS at 905-529-1717 to cancel or change booked trips in advance.
The bus-stop to bus-stop service for qualified HSR clients will remain in place until further notice.Clients please:
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DARTS is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides specialized transit service in Hamilton.
DARTS is a door-to-door transportation service employing wheelchair accessible buses, vans, MVs and contracted taxi services when appropriate. DARTS works under contract to Accessible Transportation Services (ATS), a department of the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR). ATS is responsible for the overall delivery of specialized transit services to the citizens of Hamilton and registration for DARTS must be made through ATS. DARTS service is available to persons with disabilities who are unable to access regular transit service. The service is also available to qualified residents of other municipalities while they are visiting the City of Hamilton.
DARTS is a shared ride service. Working together will make the shared ride service successful.
DARTS is a leader in providing specialized transit for a safe and accessible community.
DARTS is committed to providing a safe, high-quality, cost effective and customer-focused accessible transportation service.
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DARTS is a non-for-profit Paratransit service, governed by a Volunteer Board of Hamilton citizens, and Ex-Officio Members of Public Works and Council.
DARTS regularly hires for several positions. Drivers, Cleaners, Logistic Specialists and more. If interested, please submit a resume. We will keep resumes on file for 6 months. All submissions will be considered, but only applicants with relevant qualifications will be contacted for an interview.
Excessive and late cancellations are wasteful and negatively affect service. Please keep the number of cancellations to a minimum and remember to call us as soon as possible if you are not going to use your ride.
The safety of our passengers and drivers are of the utmost importance. We have rules in place to ensure the safety of everyone.
Snow day closures will be advertised through the media and on the DARTS website. Snow days are only called when weather conditions have made travelling unsafe for drivers and passengers.
DARTS uses social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook) as a means of communicating with our passengers and the broader public on service status and transportation topics of interest, such as upcoming service enhancements.