Hamilton Buses Vs Osnabruck & Koblenz

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Osnabruck (population 164,748, density 1,400 ppkm2) has “Five MetroBus lines (M1-M5), nine StadtBus lines (11-19) and the new ring line (10/20) [providing] a good basis for an attractive and at the same time sustainable mobility offer in Osnabrück. It connects newly created residential and work centers such as the Landwehr district and the Westerberg campus and, with improved travel times on all lines, also does justice to your changed working hours, leisure and shopping habits. On weekdays, therefore, the “daily cycle” (10 or 20 minute cycle) starts one hour earlier on all bus lines, i.e. at 6 a.m. and ends in the evening hours at 8 p.m.” (Osnabruck BusNetz 2020)

On Saturdays, the MetroBuses run every 10 minutes on almost all sections

In Hamilton (population 165,100, density 1,500 ppkm2 area 111 km2), the Comet provides a main liner service at a 15-minute frequency (10 minutes once Fitzroy is added), the Orbiter as a ring service at a 20-minute frequency, then over 20 public bus services at a 30-minute frequency. For hours of service: ‘Bus stops along the Comet route are served every 15 minutes between the Hospital and The Base via the CBD (Transport Centre on Anglesea St) between 6.30am-7pm weekdays and half hourly evenings and weekends’. Note: Hamilton services start half an hour later and finish one hour earlier, compared to Osnabruck.

Koblenz (population 114,024, density 1,100 ppkm2): an area of 105 km2 (p16 Report) is serviced by 10 through route bus services. Route #2/12 is similar to our existing Comet service, where two routes become one, providing a 15 minute frequency along most of its length. The service starts at 5.28am and ends at 11.48 pm, while Hamilton’s Comet run starts at 5.45am and ends at 9.39pm

Summing up:
The frequency of Hamilton’s bus service at 10 to 20 minutes is as good as you will find in a similar sized German city.
Hamilton’s bus service starts later: the earliest start I can find is 5.45am on the Comet run. In contrast, in Osnabruck the 10 minute frequency run starts at 5.11am, and the 20 minute frequency starts at 4.46am. In Wuppertal service starts at 5.12am, and in Kassel, tram #1 runs every 15 minutes from 5.38am, while other services run earlier. Koblenz starts at 5.28am.

A bit more detail:
Osnabruck Ringline route – the earliest timetabled start time is 4.46am, and the full service Rail Station to Rail Station starts at 5.17am with first 83 minute completed ring at 6.40am. The last complete ring ends at 8.49pm and there are then partial services up to midnight. 
• Hamilton’s Orbiter has its earliest start at 6.05am. Base to Base starts at 6.15am, completing the first 72 minute orbit at 7.27am. The last Orbiter run finishes at 9.51pm.

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