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Public transit resources for Transit Users of Guelph

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Public transit resources for Transit Users of Guelph

Looking for public transit-related resources? You’ll find them below. City of Guelph reports, blogs with frequent public transit related items, and even public transit-related research to inform and educate. Will be updated with more links throughout the week.

System Map and Route Maps

The 2017 route realignment is now running. You may need to plan out new routes to get to where you want to go. To help see how the new and adjusted routes (and the unchanged routes) connect with one another, have a look at the new overall system map. (PDF) All routes and schedules can be found here.

Real Time Tracker

Guelph Transit is recommending you download Google Transit for Live Real-Time Information. The City is currently working on developing a Transit App aimed to be launched in 2019.

Guelph Transit current real-time transit tracking through the third-party developers, Google Transit. This initiative provides GPS information for bus locations on individual routes throughout Guelph. Real-time transit tracking will allow customers to see the location of their bus in real time and see how many minutes until the next bus arrives, which will limit wait times at bus stops.

With Google Transit you can create customized route maps without having to sort through schedules. Guelph Transit updates the necessary data as required, ensuring our customers have accurate information available.

Google Transit will also:

1) Provide walking directions to the nearest stop
2) Allow you to find your destination based on landmarks or place names rather than an address
3) Google allows you to use “street view” to see what your departure or arrival destination actually looks like
4) Allows you to select a departure or arrival destination based on nearest intersection rather than address.
5) Real-time transit tracking through Google Transit can result in better trip planning, less wait times and fewer missed connections.

Download Google Maps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today.

For Planning your trip on the Google Maps Website, Guelph Transit provides this trip planning guide.

Transit Problem

If you have had a problem with Saskatoon’s Transit system, report it by email transit@guelph.ca or by phoning them, at 519-822-1811. Useful information to include in your report is the day of the incident, time of the incident, three to four-digit bus number, route number and name (e.g. 8 Stone Road Mall) and the direction of the bus (e.g. northbound). Any additional bit of information you can provide Guelph Transit in your comments is helpful.

They currently do not have a dedicated page to respond to their customers.

Also, consider participating in the City of Guelph Have your say process, to have more input into transit decisions.

Learn more about Public Transit

Blogs of interest:

Human Transit is the blog of Jarrett Walker. Jarrett is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, based in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communizes and our lives (Island Press, 2011), an excellent resource for increasing the layperson’s understanding of transit planning.

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. Lots of information here, everything from When are bus lanes warranted?, Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, to Evaluating Public Transit Benefits and Costs.

Though U.S. based, there is plenty of interest at CityLab. Dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. The City Fixer tab collates stories into various topic areas, including Mass Transit.

Local Links

Adam A. Donaldson covers local news including transit matters on his blog Guelph Politico and occasionally writes about Transit as part his Market Squared column for Guelph Today.

Public Transit Related Research

Research, Reports & Data, Canadian Urban Transit Association

Economic Impact of Transit Investment, Canadian Urban Transit Association

Urban Transportation and Design: Getting Where We Need to Go Summary Report, Sustainability Networking Conference, May 2014, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability

Useful Life of Transit Buses and Vans, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration Report No. FTA VA-26-7229-07.1

Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Transit Rider Advocacy Groups (Canada and US)

Local Forums

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