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Moving Guelph Forward: The future of Transit in the Royal City

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Summary Below courtesy of Robert Mackenzie – Transit Toronto

Guelph is one of several medium and smaller municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area that have made major changes to their transit systems over the past few years. (For the record, the others are Barrie, Burlington, Niagara Falls, Oakville and Peterborough.) Some of these network reviews have been successful, but some have not.Guelph Transit totally scrapped its entire route network back in January, 2012, launching new routes and more frequent service with great fanfare. For the first time ever, it provided passengers with buses as frequent as every 15 minutes along all routes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

The change was not a hit with riders, though, with some complaining of missed connections or inconvenient routings. Since the original launch, Guelph Transit has continued to tweak its network, adding more routes, revising routings and, finally, reducing the frequency of service to every 20 minutes during peak hours.

Now, it’s doing it again — but not so extensively.

It surveyed passengers in January 2015 to learn what they wanted from Guelph Transit services. The survey has resulted in Guelph Transit staff further redesigning their route network to reflect what the survey revealed.

Guelph Transit is now proposing to cancel some routes and introduce new ones. It also intends to provide service every 10 minutes all day along the main north-south corridor of Woolwich, Norfolk and Gordon Streets. And, it’s making minor changes to some of the other current routes.

Guelph Transit is presenting a report called “Moving Guelph Forward” to City Council on June 27th, 2016. The report says this “lays the foundation to update the 2010 Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and Plan.”  It goes on to say that in 2017, the City will continue to move towards a “renewed vision for transit with work on the Guelph Transit Strategy, the Transportation Master Plan and Growth Plan.”

Together, these three documents will provide the roadmap for moving people and goods throughout the city while ensuring Guelph is well-designed, safe, appealing, sustainable and inclusive of all modes of transportation.”

The report is broken down into 3 areas to improve transit:

  1. Transforming the bus route system to be more efficient with new routes and adjustments to others.
  2. Planning for the future by implementing a Transit Priority Program and Bus Rapid Transit system.
  3. Investing in infrastructure such as Buses and a new bus storage facility

I will breakdown the proposal over several pages over the next few days:

  1. Route Changes proposed for 2017 pending Budget (Council) approval
  2. What the Transit Priority Program is and will do to improve transit
  3. The Roadmap forward: What the next decade will look like</li>
  4. Everything else (TBD)
  5. My Opinion and Concerns

Read more about the Guelph Transit Review here or below starting at page 3



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