2020 Referendum



Hamtilon Street Railway (HSR) Bus Pass Referendum

The MSU, McMaster University, and the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) negotiate a new bus pass agreement every three years. The current agreement includes Fall-Winter, Summer, and Extended services and concludes August 31, 2020.

The price of a publicly available HSR bus pass is $110/month as of January 2020. MSU contract prices are based on a percentage of this independent monthly HSR bus pass. For a breakdown of fees and percentages being presented for the next 3 years, please review the memo to the Student Representative Assembly, as well as the details below.

Students may formulate a campagin team to run for or against the options in this referendum.  To form a team, complete the 2020 Referendum Campaign team form by January 17 at 5pm.

The 2020 HSR referendum will take place concurenlty with the 2020 MSU Presidential election. The referendum ballot will present a preferencial ranking of the available options and corresponsing dollar amounts.

The contract has been negotiated with the following fees/options for the next three years.

Eight (8) Month Pass: Service from September through April with the following costs of:

  • 2020-2021: $194.74
  • 2021-2022: $204.20
  • 2022-2023: $208.05

12 Month Pass (summer service): The eight-month pass, plus an additional four (4) months of summer service from May through August with a total cost of:

  • 2020-2021: $215.50
  • 2021-2022: $225.36
  • 2022-2023: $229.62

The addition of Expanded Service of route 51-Univeristy: Consists of more frequent and later service (until 3 AM) on Route 51-University for an additional cost of:

  • 2020-2021: $8.42
  • 2021-2022: $8.58
  • 2022-2023: $8.75

The Expanded Service option is available with either an eight (8) month pass or a twelve (12) month (summer service) pass.

*Currently, McMaster students receive a 12 MONTH BUS PASS with EXPANDED ROUTE 51-UNIVERSITY SERVICE*

In effect, the referendum ballot will ask students to rank, in the order of their preference, would they like:

- an eight month bus pass, OR
- an eight month bus pass with expanded route 51-University service , OR
- a twelve month bus pass, OR
- a twelve month bus pass with expanded route 51-University service, OR
- no bus pass at all

To veiw the official ballot for this year, please click here.

Note that a Word file of the above document is available by request. Please email elections_dro@msu.mcmaster.ca



Contact Details

Peter Belesiotis (CRO)
905-525-9140 ex. 24118

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