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Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) & Hamilton Public Library PRESTO Card Pilot Evaluation

On November 1st 2021, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) transit introduced a new pilot program to encourage more residents to use transit and ensure that fares remain affordable during COVID-19. As part of the program, HSR is allowing children ages six to twelve to ride for free with a PRESTO card. To increase accessibility, Hamilton Public Library (HPL) is offering children a free PRESTO card.

HSR and HPL are partnering with Dr. Moataz Mohamed from McMaster’s Department of Civil Engineering to evaluate the pilot. He will explore how well the new program improves the quality of life for community members, in areas such as, the ability to access community resources, discover Hamilton and the degree to which greenhouse emissions are reduced. Dr. Mohamed’s evaluation will help the City of Hamilton to assess the new program and will inform recommendations for the ongoing pilot.