Proposed Changes to Harvard Road Guelph Transit Service

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Guelph Transit is proposing changes to a couple Bus routes that serve a large number of University of Guelph students.

A presentation from a delegation of residents, entitled ‘Transit Buses on Harvard Road’ requested the reduction and removal of buses from Harvard Road, suggesting that the buses use arterial roads rather than Harvard Road.

The City of Guelph’s Public Services Committee passed a motion on on December 1, 2015, to have city staff investigate possible traffic calming along Harvard Road.

A report will go forward to the Public Services Committee on Monday April 4, 2016 with several options to address those concerns.

The routes in question, Route 57 Harvard Express and Route 6 Harvard/Ironwood, have operated along Harvard Road since 2005 and 2012 respectfully. Prior to Route 6 becoming operational in 2012, since 2005 part of Route 52 operated along a portion of Harvard Road.

During Guelph Transit peak periods, which occur weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:40 p.m., more than 600 passengers per weekday enter or exit Guelph Transit buses at various bus stops along Harvard Road.

The Route 57 Harvard Express is among the most used Guelph Transit routes in terms of passengers carried during peak periods. The Route 6 Harvard Road is also a popular route for ridership and carries an average of 300 passengers per hour of operation during the peak period. The bus stop on Harvard Road at Youngman Drive westbound is among the top 10 per cent of Guelph Transit bus stops.

City Staff have reviewed both routes and provided several options for the Public Services committee to review and consider. Dependent on the option chosen by the committee, City Staff are recommending that a public consultation process be conducted throughout the trial in order to get feedback from residents, transit riders and any other interested parties that may be impacted.

The preferred option by Guelph Transit is Option 1:

Option 1: Reroute the Route 57 to use Stone Road westbound instead of Harvard Road and run the loop counter-clockwise. Impact: This would require the bus to make an eastbound left turn out of Ironwood Road onto Edinburgh Road. It is anticipated that this left turn also would result in significant delays. There is usually a long eastbound queue during peak periods, with additional delay caused by schoolchildren from Jean Little and Fred A. Hamilton schools crossing during the hours of 8:15 to 8:50 a.m. and 3:10 to 3:45 p.m. This intersection requires two crossing guards and has been identified as having conflicts with vehicles, crossing guards and pedestrians. Transit and Traffic staff will review signal timing at this location to help alleviate the queuing issue.

Other options can be found in the report by clicking this link here.

The committee meets Monday April 4, 2016 at 5:00pm in City Council Chambers at Guelph City Hall. You can also send comments to clerks@guelph.ca or transit@guelph.ca or contacting City Council.

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