Peterborough Transit revises
routes and services, May 5



Update — Friday, May 17, 5:47 p.m.: Peterborough Transit is further revamping its new route network, restoring service along the Trent West Bank express, Trent East Bank express and 9 Nicholls Park routes starting Tuesday, May 21. It’s canceling the new 41 Trent Reid; 42 Trent Armour express routes. Buses operating along 2 Chemong, 7 Lansdowne, 8 Monaghan and 10 Collison routes continue to operate every 20 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes during rush hours.


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A Peterborough Transit bus heads out of the Downtown Peterborough Terminal for a trip along the 5 Charlotte route. Photo by Trevor Harris.

Peterborough is one of four smaller cities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area that have recently hired transportation consultants to review their transit systems and propose fairly major changes to local transit service.

(The other three are Guelph, Barrie and Niagara Falls. Guelph Transit completely revamped its network of routes — arguably, unsuccessfully — January 1, 2012. Barrie Transit is proposing a major reorganization of its route network, starting this August. The City of Niagara Falls council postponed making a decision about proposals to revise Niagara Falls Transit at least until next year.)

(Oakville Transit similarly reviewed and reorganized its services in 2009.)

Peterborough Transit is implementing the first phase of its consultants’ recommendations to improve how transit passengers people get around the city, starting tomorrow, Sunday, May 5.

It’s combining one of its express routes to and from Trent University’s Symons Campus with a regular Peterborough Transit route, revising another route and increasing rush-hour service along three more.


Peterborough Transit is revising service along these routes: 2 Chemong; 7 Lansdowne; 8 Monaghan; 9 Nicholls Park, 10 Collison; 11 Ashburnham; 41 Trent Reid; 42 Trent Armour; Trent East Bank express; Trent West Bank express.


Specifically, PT is: introducing new routes; canceling current routes; increasing the frequency of service along current routes; and revising the path of current routes.


Introducing new routes

42 Trent Armour

Starting Sunday, May 8, Peterborough Transit and the Trent Central Students Association combine the former Trent East Bank express service with the former regular Peterborough Transit service along the 9 Nicholls Park route.

Inbound buses start their trips at Peter Gzowski College on Trent University’s Symons Campus, then proceed:

southward along Gzowski Way;
westward along Pioneer Road;
south- and westward along Nassau Mills Road;
southward along Armour Road;
westward along Dufferin Street;
southward along Rogers Street;
westward along Hunter Streets East and West;
southward along Queen Street;
westward along Simcoe Street; and then
northward into Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • at Peter Gzowski College,
  • on Gzowski Way beside Mackenzie House,
  • on Armour Road south of Nassau Mills Road, across from Dafoe Drive and Cunningham Boulevard, at Frances Stewart Road, beside Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, at Paddock Wood and Whitaker Street, beside Auburn Village, at Moir, Vinette and Dunlop Streets and Parkhill Road East,
  • on Dufferin Street west of Armour Road and at Rogers Street,
  • on Rogers Street beside Rogers Court, at Stanley Avenue, Douro Street and Hunter Street East,
  • on Hunter Street East at Mark Street and across from Burnham Road,
  • on Hunter Street West at Sheridan Street,
  • on Queen Street south of Hunter Street West,
  • on Simcoe Street at Water Street and
  • in Downtown Peterborough Terminal.

Outbound buses start their trips in Downtown Peterborough Terminal, then proceed:

westward along Simcoe;
northward along Aylmer Street North;
eastward along Hunter Streets West and East;
northward along Rogers Street;
eastward along Douro Street;
northward along Armour Road;
east- and northward along Nassau Mills Road;
east- and southward along East Bank Drive; and then
northward along Gzowski Way to Peter Gzowski College,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses drop off or pick up passenger at stops

  • in Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
  • on Hunter Street West across from Sheridan Street,
  • on Hunter Street East east of Burnham Street, at Mark and Rogers Streets,
  • on Rogers Street north of Hunter Street East and at Douro Street,
  • on Douro Street at Armour Road,
  • on Armour Road at Carlisle Avenue, MacFarlane Street, Caddy Street, across from Dufferin Street, at Swanston Street, Parkhill Road East, across from Dunlop Street, at Spencley’s Lane, across from Moir Street, at Whitaker Street, across from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, at Frances Stewart Drive, Cunningham Boulevard, Dafoe Drive and Nassau Mills Road,
  • on East Bank Road beside the DNA Building and
  • at Peter Gzowski College.

Buses operate with a minimal schedule until September.

Buses leave Peter Gzowski College at 8:20 a.m. and every 40 minutes until 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays, 6:20 a.m. and every 40 minutes until 11 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 7 a.m. and every 40 minutes until 11 p.m. Saturdays.

Buses leave Downtown Peterborough Terminal at 8 a.m. and every 40 minutes until 6:40 p.m. Sundays and holidays, 6 a.m. and every 40 minutes until 10:40 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 6:40 a.m. and every 40 minutes until 6:40 p.m. Saturdays.

You can view the schedule of the route here. (.pdf)

41 Trent Reid

Starting Monday, May 6, PT numbers and renames the former Trent West Bank express route.

Inbound buses start their trips at the Sonja Bata Library on Trent University’s Symons Campus, then proceed:

south- and westward along West Bank Drive;
westward along Nassau Mills Road;
southward along Water Street and George Street North;
westward along Parkhill Road West;
southward along Stewart Street;
westward along Dublin Street;
southward along Reid Street;
eastward along McDonnell Street;
southward along George North;
westward along Simcoe Street; and then
northward into Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
ending their trips.

Inbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • at the Sonja Bata Library,
  • on West Bank Drive across from the Trent Athletic Centre and Julian Blackburn Hall,
  • on Water Street beside Tim Horton’s, at University Heights Boulevard and Carnegie Avenue, across from the Zoo and at Marina Boulevard,
  • on George Street North at Argyle Street and north of Parkhill Road,
  • on Dublin Street at Rubbidge Street across from Catharine Parr Traill College,
  • on McDonnell Street west of Reid Street,
  • on George Street North south of Brock Street and
  • in Downtown Peterborough Terminal.

Outbound buses start their trips in Downtown Peterborough Terminal, then proceed:

westward along Simcoe Street;
northward along Rubbidge and Reid Streets,
eastward along Parkhill Road West;
northward along Water Street;
eastward along Nassau Mills Road;
north- and eastward along West Bank Drive; and then
eastward to the Sonja Bata Library,
ending their trips.

Outbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops

  • at the Downtown Peterborough Terminal,
  • on Reid Street at McDonnell Street and north of Dublin Street,
  • on Water Street north of Parkhill Road West, at Argyle Street, across from Marina Boulevard, beside the Zoo, across from Carnegie Avenue, University Heights Boulevard and Tim Horton’s,
  • on West Bank Drive beside Julian Blackburn Hall and the Trent Athletic Centre and
  • at Sonja Bata Library.

Buses operate with a minimal schedule until September.

Buses leave Sonja Bata Library at 8:10, 8:50 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. They leave Downtown Peterborough Terminal at 7:50, 8:30 and 10:10 a.m. and 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10, 7:10, 8:10 and 9:10 p.m.

You can view the schedule of the route here. (.pdf)


Canceling current routes


9 Nicholls Park

Saturday, May 4 is the last day that Peterborough Transit operates buses along the route. Starting Sunday, May 5, buses operating along the new 42 Trent Armour route replace service to stops north of Hunter Street with . It’s also revising the 11 Ashburnham route so that buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops that buses operating along the 9 Nicholls Park route currently serve south of Hunter Street East.

Trent East Bank express

Saturday, May 4 is the last day that Peterborough Transit operates buses along the route. Starting Sunday, May 5, buses operating along the new 42 Trent Armour route replace the service.

Trent West Bank express

Friday, May 3 is the last day that Peterborough Transit operates buses along the route. Starting Monday, May 6, buses operating along the new 41 Trent Reid route replace the service.


Increasing the frequency of service along current routes


2 Chemong
10 Collison
7 Lansdowne West
8 Monaghan

Starting Monday, May 6, Peterborough Transit increases the frequency of service along its most popular routes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the routes every 20 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, Mondays to Fridays from about 7 until 9 a.m. and from about 3 until 6:30 p.m.


Revising the path of a current route


11 Ashburnham

Starting Sunday, May 5, Peterborough Transit revises the route so that buses serve stops along Burnham Street, Maria Street and Rogers Street south of Hunter Street East. By revising the path of the route, the buses start dropping off or picking up passengers in an area where buses operating along the former 9 Nicholls Park formerly served stops.

Inbound and outbound buses operate along their regular route to Hunter Street East and Burnham Street, then proceed:

southward along Burnham;
eastward along Maria Street; and then
northward along Rogers Street to Hunter East,
resuming their regular route east- or westward** along Hunter.


Inbound buses operate toward downtown.
Outbound buses operate away from downtown.

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