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 will be used to refine the proposed transit system and implementation plan, before it is presented to Council for consideration on November 3, 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 will be used to refine the proposed transit system and implementation plan, before it is presented to Council for consideration on November 3, 2021. Details on funding the initiative over 10 years will also be shared with Council as part of the City budget process.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    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. 

    We want to hear from everyone—transit customers, residents, students, businesses, etc.! Take our online survey to comment on the proposed transit system. Deadline is June 20. Tell us what we got right, what you like, if there's something we overlooked, if something doesn't quite work, or if something in our proposed transit system or implementation plan is going to cause you a lot of headache. 


    Please note: Sections 2 and 3 of this survey Questions are visual in nature and discuss route locations and service levels. We understand that these map images are not accessible for everyone. An interactive Google Map is also available to explore the transit maps as you move through the survey, or, anyone can simply use the space provided in the final question to tell us about the important places you travel to and from and if there are times or days of the week you visit these locations, We want to make sure everyone can get to where they need to go, when they need to go there. 

    If you wish to participate in another way, please send us your feedback at transit@guelph.ca (be sure to include the words "route review" in the subject line), or call 519-822-1811/TTY 519-826-9771 to schedule a time with the planning team.  


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