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Moving Guelph Forward: Proposed Guelph Transit Route Changes

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Please note: The proposed maps linked below each proposed route are provided here from the 2015 Transit Route Review via Mindmixer. The 2017 proposed route maps with changes outlined below each route were not made available with the report going to Council.

full system map from the 2015 Mindmixer Consulting provides an overview of how the proposed routes will serve our community. See below for proposed individual route changes. All the maps of each proposed route from the 2015 Survey are linked here.

PROPOSED ROUTE CHANGES

Recognizing the need to improve service along one of the busiest corridors in the city (Woolwich/Norfolk/Gordon Street), the City is recommending a new route that would run north/south throughout the day. The 16 Mainline will have buses running every 10 minutes, the new route will reduce the need for radial routes to meet downtown or at the University Centre at the same time, and provide frequent, predictable, reliable and consistent service for riders.

The proposed route will not serve Guelph Central Station as timing tests have shown that the bus would not be able to adhere to the schedule time. Transit riders can either walk to the proposed stop at Macdonnell Street (approximately 200m) or they will be able to take a bus from Guelph Central Station to a stop along the corridor. To support the Woolwich/Norfolk/Gordon Street route, the following changes would be implemented.

Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

1A/B College Edinburgh
• 10-minute peak service, 30-minute off-peak service
Proposed 1A Map (2015) via Mindmixer, 1B Map (2015) via Mindmixer Final Map (2017)

2A/B City Loop (formerly 2A/B West Loop and 3A/B East Loop)
• Service along major roads looping the city providing connections to cross-town east-west and north-south routes
• Service includes Victoria Road, Stone Road, Edinburgh Road, Wellington Street, Elmira Road and Woodlawn Road; service to University Centre
• Changes were influenced by public consultation
Proposed 2B Map (2015) via Mindmixer, 2A Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

3 Westmount
• Service between Guelph Central Station and Westmount Road, including inbound stop location at St. Joseph’s Health Centre; passengers on the outbound route can either walk from Westmount Road or remain on the bus for a short time as the bus loops for the inbound route
• Service includes Burns Drive, a high-density residential area
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

5 Clair (formerly 5 Gordon)
• Service between Guelph Central Station, the University Centre and the south end of Guelph, including Victoria Road, Colonial Drive, Goodwin Drive, Clair Road and Gordon Street
• This route does not serve the existing bus stops along Goodwin Drive between Beaver Meadow Drive and Farley Drive due to difficulties and delays turning left from Goodwin Drive onto Farley Drive. Should traffic issues at the intersection of Goodwin and Farley Drive be resolved, this route could be reviewed.
• Parking restrictions may be required at the curve along Goodwin Drive to ensure that buses can pass
• Changes were influenced by public consultation
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

8 Stone Road Mall
• Service along Edinburgh Road between Wellington Street and College Avenue
• The route will no longer travel on Water Street, Maple Street and Forest Street. The riders can access the route from Edinburgh Road
• While the new route provides more direct service for the majority of the passengers who use stops mid-route to access the commercial area near Municipal Street or the high-density residential development near Water Street, a small number of passengers who live in the vicinity of Maple Street and Water Street will have to walk further to transit.
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

9 Waterloo
• Service along Fife Road and West Acres Drive
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

10 Imperial
• Service to the west side of Guelph, including West Acres Drive, Elmira Road, the West End Community Centre, and Conestoga College
• Increased travel/service time from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. This increase is proposed to maintain connections between the downtown and the West End Community Centre, to improve
schedule adherence by providing additional time to complete the route, to increase neighbourhood access to transit, and to cover bus stops no longer served by routes 9 and 11.
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

11 Willow West
• Service loop along Dawson Road, Speedvale Avenue, Silvercreek Parkway and Willow Road
• Transit priority measure in the form of an advance green signal turning left from Dawson Road onto Speedvale Road, to reduce transit delay and allow the loop to continue to run counter clockwise
• Improves transit service for the commercial area along Silvercreek Parkway between Speedvale Avenue and Willow Road
• Changes were influenced by public consultation
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre
• Service along Victoria Road and Eramosa Road
• Improves schedule adherence by reducing route distance
• Service to Watt Street will be accommodated by 14 Grange
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

14 Grange
• Service to Watt Street along Starwood Drive and Auden Road
• Includes bus stops on Watt Street no longer served by route 13
• Parking restrictions may be required along Watt Street to ensure that buses can get through
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

16 Southgate
• Service to the Hanlon Industrial Park
• Changes were influenced by public consultation
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

21 Speedvale (NEW!) – Note: will be implemented in 2018 pending budget
• Service along Speedvale Avenue and Victoria Road
• Reduces gap in coverage on Victoria Road and Speedvale Avenue; however, passengers wanting to travel downtown will have to transfer to another bus route
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

50 Stone Road Express
• 10-minute peak service, 20-minute off-peak service
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

56 Victoria Express
• Service along Gordon Street, Gosling Gardens, Clair Road, Goodwin Drive, Colonial Drive and Summerfield Drive
• Improves service to the Westminster neighbourhood
• Changes were influenced by public consultation
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

Changes to the following routes are not currently proposed:
4 York
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
6 Harvard Ironwood
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
7 Kortright Downey
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
12 General Hospital
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
15 University College
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
20 Northwest Industrial
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
57 Harvard Express
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)
58 Edinburgh Express
Proposed Map (2015) via Mindmixer, Final Map (2017)

WORTH NOTING

Guelph Transit supports the proposed route and frequency changes; however, there are some limitations and/or considerations to consider. Passenger overloads may still be experienced during peak periods due to limited resources. When passenger overloads occur, buses pass by passengers waiting at bus stops. The proposed route and schedules changes are expected to reduce the frequency of passenger overloads and to make more efficient use of the buses. Passenger loads will be light at certain times and locations (i.e., late evenings and at city limits). Minimum service standards require that buses cover the city throughout the day to ensure passengers have adequate access to transit.

Due to the relocation of buses, these changes will result in reduced transit service in areas of the city with lighter ridership, inconveniencing some passengers. However, the proposed route and schedule changes are expected to benefit the majority of passengers and will aid in increasing overall ridership. Proposed routes have been carefully timed; however, any modification or route delay could result in late trips. This will also impact all subsequent trips and transfers.

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