Connecting Older Adults with Public Transit

Free transit workshops and guided bus trips for older adults

Hamilton – Green Venture, a non-profit environmental outreach organization based out of Hamilton, has partnered with Metrolinx to help older adults access public transit.

Through a series of free workshops offered at four locations in Hamilton, older adults will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate public transit.  Topics such as local bus routes, bus fare and passes, seniors’ discounts, and trip planning will be covered.

After a 45 minute presentation on taking the bus, an optional 15 minute presentation will be offered on how to use Google maps to plan your trip, for those who use the internet.  All workshop participants will have the opportunity to fill out a form requesting bus trip planning to two destinations.  Green Venture will mail participants step by step instructions explaining how to take the bus to their destinations.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a guided bus trip, where they will travel in small groups of 2-4 on the bus with a trained bus travel guide.  Free bus tickets will be provided, and the travel guide will orient them on how to use the bus while they ride to a fun location for an outing, before travelling back to their starting point on the bus together.

Green Venture has been offering bus education programs for several years through the Totally Transit program.  This program introduces people to the HSR, and provides them with the information needed to take the bus.  Green Venture is expanding this program to cater to older adults.

Taking the bus is one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around our city.  The HSR carries millions of passengers per year and operates comprehensive bus routes throughout Hamilton.  These workshops will discuss HSR bus services and focus on the neighbourhood around the workshop location.

Workshops will be offered at:
Tues Feb 19, 10:30am-12pm at Westdale Library (955 King St W)
Mon Feb 25, 10:30am-12pm at Turner Park Library (352 Rymal Rd E)
Thurs Feb 28. 10:30am-12pm at New Village Retirement Home (490 Hwy 8)
Mon March 4, 9:30-11am at Sackville Hill Seniors’ Recreation Centre (780 Upper Wentworth St)
Registration is not required to attend a workshop.

 To sign up for a guided bus trip, please call 905-540-8787 ext 154.


Virginia Stonehouse, Education Coordinator
Green Venture
905-540-8787 ext 154

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