Guelph Transit Route Review

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Guelph Transit started a full operational route review of its transit network in 2019 to look at individual routes and frequency to meet current and future customer needs, and to identify potential opportunities to move from its current system that requires customers to transfer buses at a central hub to a more grid-like system with direct routes.

The route review was approved by City Council as part of the Guelph Transit Business Service Review recommendations in 2019.

The route review outcomes were informed by data collection (e.g. ridership and stop activity data, and route-by-route on-time performance), industry best practices, and employee and public input.

The proposed transit system is a blended model that includes transit hubs, express routes, and routes that follow the city’s spine in a grid pattern as well as outer perimeter. It’s designed to get people to where they want to go with more route types (e.g. core, base, university express, on-demand, and industrial express), faster travel times, frequent service, and service reliability.

What we’re proposing for transit over the next decade allows us to deliver a more competitive, convenient, and reliable transit system that meets the community’s needs today and beyond. It also moves us closer to meeting goals set out in the City’s Strategic Plan by improving connectivity of the whole transportation system—making it easy for people to travel within city limits.

Learn more about the proposed transit system

  • Watch an 8 minute video explaining how we got here and how to find the route details you are looking for
  • Read our summary document to get a high-level idea of the changes being proposed
  • Read our more detailed Proposed Transit System document to find all of route-by-route and year-by-year details, including propose changes to routes and schedules.
  • Explore the proposed routes by year in our interactive map
  • Attend one of two virtual town halls to learn from our project leads directly (see the details below)

This consultation is now closed.

Next steps

This latest round of employee and community input was used to refine the proposed transit system and implementation plan, before it is presented to Council for consideration on November 15, 2021. Details on funding the initiative over 10 years will also be shared with Council as part of the City budget process.

Guelph Transit started a full operational route review of its transit network in 2019 to look at individual routes and frequency to meet current and future customer needs, and to identify potential opportunities to move from its current system that requires customers to transfer buses at a central hub to a more grid-like system with direct routes.

The route review was approved by City Council as part of the Guelph Transit Business Service Review recommendations in 2019.

The route review outcomes were informed by data collection (e.g. ridership and stop activity data, and route-by-route on-time performance), industry best practices, and employee and public input.

The proposed transit system is a blended model that includes transit hubs, express routes, and routes that follow the city’s spine in a grid pattern as well as outer perimeter. It’s designed to get people to where they want to go with more route types (e.g. core, base, university express, on-demand, and industrial express), faster travel times, frequent service, and service reliability.

What we’re proposing for transit over the next decade allows us to deliver a more competitive, convenient, and reliable transit system that meets the community’s needs today and beyond. It also moves us closer to meeting goals set out in the City’s Strategic Plan by improving connectivity of the whole transportation system—making it easy for people to travel within city limits.

Learn more about the proposed transit system

  • Watch an 8 minute video explaining how we got here and how to find the route details you are looking for
  • Read our summary document to get a high-level idea of the changes being proposed
  • Read our more detailed Proposed Transit System document to find all of route-by-route and year-by-year details, including propose changes to routes and schedules.
  • Explore the proposed routes by year in our interactive map
  • Attend one of two virtual town halls to learn from our project leads directly (see the details below)

This consultation is now closed.

Next steps

This latest round of employee and community input was used to refine the proposed transit system and implementation plan, before it is presented to Council for consideration on November 15, 2021. Details on funding the initiative over 10 years will also be shared with Council as part of the City budget process.

  • Interactive Route Map

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    Welcome to the interactive route map.

    All of the routes are detailed in our Transit Route Review: Proposed Transit System document, but in this section you can explore the transit system by each year as the changes we have proposed would be completed.

    To explore this map:

    • Use the menu button in the top left to show the list of map layers - Each of the 10 year plan has its own layer.
    • Click through each year to see how the proposed route changes would look.
      • Zoom in to see details like street names and businesses located along each route.
    • You can also click on individual routes within each year (either from the layer list list or by clicking on the coloured route lines) to show more information about the route and any changes occurring in that given year.

    Have fun exploring, and let us know what you think about the proposed plan on our survey or ask questions in our Q&A tool.


  • Budget Watch

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    A new transit system will affect our budget. While there will be operating costs, we expect that an increase in ridership revenue will offset these expenses. How we fund this 10-year initiative will be shared with Council on November 15, 2021, as well as during the budget process.


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