Guelph Transit revises routes and services, February 3



GT-logo.jpgIn a major setback for both transit riders and transit staff, Guelph Transit is decreasing rush-hour service along all routes to just every 20 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, starting Monday, February 4. Buses continue to operate every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Although it launched a completely new route network just slightly more than a year ago, New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012, and introduced 15-minute rush-hour service, the new route structure and schedules have dissatisfied many riders. Passengers have complained about frequently missing connections at terminals and intersections because schedules didn’t leave enough time for drivers to complete round trips along the routes in the event of a collision, construction or other event that may have delayed or disrupted service.

Tomorrow, Sunday, February 3, Guelph Transit is also revising ten routes to shorten trips and help drivers keep on schedule. Since buses operating along the current 9 West End Community Centre route will no longer stop at the community centre, it’s also renaming it as the 9 Waterloo route.

One ray of sunshine appears in this batch of rough weather for transit riders: passengers who usually travel along the 20 Northwest Industrial route will finally receive full, regular service along the route, instead of the limited service that GT has been providing since last year.


Following the recommendations of an external transportation consultant, Guelph Transit launched its new route structure and improved rush-hour service to every 15 minutes along regular routes, with great fanfare, last year. But, while it increased the frequency of rush-hour service it also decreased frequency Mondays to Fridays midday — from about 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. At all other times of the week, Guelph Transit offered the same level of service as it did before the change — every 30 minutes.

With the new schedules that Guelph Transit adopted last year, it also increased service along the key Norfolk Street / Gordon Street north-south corridor, with buses operating along the two streets between Macdonell Street and the University of Guelph every 7 to 8 minutes during rush hours and every 15 minutes at all other times of the week.

Although most buses continued to start and end their trips in downtown Guelph, the consultants also recommended establishing another network focal point at the University Centre Terminal on the University of Guelph campus. Many buses that start and end their trips at the university don’t operate to and from downtown Guelph.

Buses operating along two circular perimeter routes connect the outer edges of the city with both downtown Guelph and the university and supply the frequent service along Gordon and Norfolk Streets.

The study recommended decreasing service in two industrial areas where passengers ride buses mainly to and from work when the shifts change in factories. Buses operated along the industrial routes seven days a week, but only at certain times of the day.


Since New Year’s 2012, Guelph Transit has responded to rider and driver concerns by making a number of changes to the consultant’s original plan:

It has:

  • shortened the two perimeter routes to help drivers keep on schedule;
  • introduced another regular route to serve the area near the University of Guelph campus, the 15 University / College route;
  • opened a new downtown transit terminal at Guelph Central GO Station, removing most transit service from the area around the old terminal at St. George’s Square;
  • extended the 5 Gordon route so that buses start and end their trips in downtown Guelph, instead of at the University Centre Terminal, further bolstering service along the busy Gordon Street corridor;
  • converted the limited, industrial service to the Hanlon Business Park in the south end of the city to regular service, seven days a week, introducing the new 16 Southgate route connecting south Guelph to downtown. Buses add even more service along Gordon Street and skip the University Centre Terminal; and
  • revised some service to St. George’s Square after business owners complained about less business because fewer people were shopping while waiting for their buses at the Square.

Guelph Transit is revising service along these routes: 1A College / Edinburgh clockwise; 1B College / Edinburgh counterclockwise; 2A West Loop clockwise; 2B West Loop counterclockwise; 3A East Loop clockwise; 3B East Loop counterclockwise; 4 York; 5 Gordon; 6 Harvard / Ironwood; 7 Kortright / Downey; 8 Stone Road Mall; 9 West End Community Centre; 9 Waterloo; 10 Imperial; 11 Willow West; 12 General Hospital; 13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre; 14 Grange; 15 University / College; 16 Southgate; 20 Northwest Industrial; 50 Stone Road express; 56 Victoria express; 57 Harvard express; 58 Edinburgh express.


Specifically, Guelph Transit is: Introducing a new route; Canceling a route; increasing service along a route; decreasing the frequency of service along a route; and revising a route.


Introducing a new route


9 Waterloo

Starting Sunday, February 3, Guelph Transit introduces this new route to replace the current service along the 9 West End Community Centre route.

Inbound buses operate along the current 9 West End Community Centre route to Imperial Road South and Paisley Road, then proceed:

westward along Paisley to Elmira Road South,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses start their trips on Paisley Road east of Elmira Road South, then proceed:

southward along Elmira South;
eastward along Stephanie Drive; and then
southward along Imperial Road South to West Acres Drive,
resuming the current 9 West End Community Centre route southward along Imperial South.

Inbound buses skip their current stop

  • at West End Recreation Centre.

Outbound buses skip their current stops

  • on Elmira Road South south of Freshmeadow Way [north] and across from Rochelle Drive and
  • on West Acres Drive across from Northwood Crescent [east] and at Imperial Road South.

Instead, outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Stephanie Drive at Hollyberry Place and Imperial Road South and
  • on Imperial Road South at West Acres Drive.

GT is also increasing the frequency of service along the route.


Canceling a route


9 West End Community Centre

Saturday, February 2 is the last day that Guelph Transit operates buses along the route.

Starting Sunday, February 3, buses operating along the new 9 Waterloo route replace the current service along the 9 West End Community Centre route. GT is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.


Increasing service along a route


20 Northwest Industrial

Starting Sunday, February 3, the route becomes a regular, full-service route. Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route seven days a week - every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

You can view the new schedule for the route here. (.pdf)


Decreasing the frequency of service along routes


1A College / Edinburgh clockwise
1B College / Edinburgh counterclockwise

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

3A East Loop clockwise
3B East Loop clockwise

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the routes.

58 Edinburgh express

Starting Monday, January 7, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

12 General Hospital

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the route.

14 Grange

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

5 Gordon

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the route.

57 Harvard express

Starting Monday, January 7, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

6 Harvard / Ironwood

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

10 Imperial

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the route.

7 Kortright / Downey

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

16 Southgate

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the route.

50 Stone Road express

Starting Monday, January 7, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

8 Stone Road Mall
15 University / College

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the routes every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

56 Victoria express

Starting Monday, January 7, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the route.

9 Waterloo

Starting Sunday, February 3, Guelph Transit replaces the current service along the 9 West End Community Centre route with service along this new route.

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

2A West Loop clockwise
2B West Loop clockwise

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.

Guelph Transit is also revising the routes.

11 Willow West
4 York

Starting Monday, February 4, buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the routes every 20 minutes, instead of every15 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. Buses continue to serve stops every 30 minutes at all other times of the week.


Revising routes


3A East Loop clockwise
3b East Loop clockwise

Saturday, February 2 is the last day that buses drop off or pick up passengers in the Guelph Smart Centre (Walmart) property. Instead, buses remain on Woodlawn Road West.

Guelph Transit is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.

You can view a new map of the routes here.

12 General Hospital

Starting Monday, December 24, Guelph Transit revised the route.

Inbound buses operate along their regular route.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route to Speedvale Avenue East and Victoria Road North, then proceed:

northward along Victoria North; and then westward along Woodlawn Road East to a stop just west of Victoria North,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses no longer operate along Speedvale East between Victoria North and Delaware Avenue, Delaware between Speedvale East and Brant Avenue, Brant between Delaware and Montana Road, Montana between Brant and Woodlawn East and Woodlawn East between Montana and Victoria North.

The buses skip their former stops

  • on Delaware Avenue north of Speedvale Avenue East and north of Mohawk Drive [north] and
  • on Montana Road at Algoma Drive

Instead, outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Victoria Road North north of Speedvale Avenue East and at Brant Avenue.

Guelph Transit is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.

You can view a new map of the route here.

5 Gordon

Starting Sunday, February 3, Guelph Transit revises the route.

Inbound buses operate along their current route to Goodwin and Farley Drives, then proceed:

northward along Farley and Pine Ridge Drives; and then
westward along Lowes Road to Gordon Street,
resuming their current route northward along Gordon.

Outbound buses skip their current stops

  • on Clair Road East west of Farley Drive (beside LCBO),
  • on Gosling Gardens across from Doyle Street (beside FoodBasics), beside Gosling Gardens Park and at Clairfields Drive West and
  • on Gordon Street at Westminster Woods (north of Clairfields Drive East).

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Farley Drive south of Porter Street and
  • on Pine Hill Drive at Periwinkle Way.

Outbound buses operate along their current route.

You can view a new map of the route here.

10 Imperial

Starting Sunday, February 3, Guelph Transit is revising the route.

Inbound buses start their trips at the West End Community Centre, then proceed:

eastward along the community centre access road;
southward along Imperial Road South; and then
eastward along Paisley Road to Stephanie Drive,
resuming their regular route eastward along Paisley.

Inbound buses skip their current stops

  • on Imperial Road South beside the West End Community Centre, at Paisley Road and across from Deerpath Drive and
  • on Stephanie Drive at Pinnacle Crescent [East], Castlebury Drive and Paisely Road.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Paisley Road east of Imperial Road South and at Candlewood Drive.

Guelph Transit is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.

You can view a new map of the route here.

16 Southgate

Starting Sunday, February 3, Guelph Transit revises the route.

Inbound buses operate along their current route to Clair Road West and Gosling Gardens, then detour:

northward along Gosling;
eastward along Clairfields Drive West; and then
northward along Gordon Street to Lowes Road,
resuming their current route northward along Gordon.

Inbound buses skip their current stops

  • on Clair Road West across from Gosling Gardens,
  • on Farley Drive at Goodwin Drive (beside the library) and at Porter Drive and
  • on Pine Ridge Drive at Periwinkle Way.

Instead, inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Gosling Gardens across from Doyle Street (beside FoodBasics), beside Gosling Gardens Park and at Clairfields Road West.

Guelph Transit is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.

You can view a new map of the route here.

13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre

Starting Monday, February 3, Guelph Transit is revising the route.

Inbound buses start their trips on Watt Street just east of Auden Road, then proceed:

along the current route northward along Auden.

Outbound buses operate along their regular route to Eastview Road and Watt Street, then proceed:

eastward along Eastview;
southward along Starwood Drive; and then
eastward along Watt to just east of Auden Road,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses skip their current stops

  • on Watt Drive at Troy Crescent and west of Auden Road.

Instead, outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • on Starwood Drive at Watt Street and
  • on Watt Street east of Auden Road.

Guelph Transit is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.

You can view a new map of the route here.

3A West Loop clockwise
3b West Loop clockwise

Saturday, February 2 is the last day that buses drop off or pick up passengers in the Guelph Smart Centre (Walmart) property. Instead, buses remain on Woodlawn Road West.

Guelph Transit is also decreasing the frequency of service along the route.

You can view a new map of the routes here.


You can learn more about the service changes here. (.pdf)


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.