Hi BryanM! Thanks for these great questions. We have provided answers to each of your separate queries below.
Is the City of Guelph considering light rail options along the Gordon Street corridor? There is a condo corridor planned for Clair-Maltby and a lot of condo intensification along the Gordon corridor that exists already. It is an opportunity to have land-use and transit developed together to support the anticipated increase of residents in this area. Surrounding municipalities such as Kitchener-Waterloo & Cambridge are making huge strides in light rail developments. Or even a rapid bus system like Davis Drive Rapidway in Newmarket would be a nice addition to the City.
Transit is identified as a priority in the Community Plan and therefore is an important component of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP will consider where it makes the most sense to prioritize transit. Some of the considerations will include land use planning policies and trends. Road characteristics, such as available property, would also be considered, as well as expected traffic volumes. Gordon Street is a likely candidate for prioritizing transit infrastructure. The TMP will confirm that, but will not commit to what kind of transit vehicles, what routes need changing, or what frequency of service is required. Those details will come through a subsequent Transit Master Plan, currently anticipated to begin in 2020.
Is Guelph looking at ways to calm traffic instead of speeding it up? If so how? There are more arterial roads planned for the City but this does not mean they have to be highways (which many motorists currently treat them as). As an active transportation advocate I hope to see more action on safety considerations.
The TMP’s vision is for a safe, equitable transportation system. Safety considerations will be embedded into the TMP through the policy recommendations and in the proposed infrastructure changes. The TMP will explore themes of Vision Zero, traffic calming, and Multimodal Levels of Service (MMLOS) to address safety for all road users equitably and affordably. MMLOS is an evolution of Level of Service (LOS), a traditional traffic engineering concept that evaluates streets based on delay and available capacity for cars. While LOS only considers inconvenience for cars, MMLOS considers the experience that the street provides to all of its users.
Will Guelph be addressing images by select groups advertised on the buses? I am not going to say specifically - but most people know, and some refuse to ride on a transit system that supports certain views. Just curious if there will be a rebranding of Guelph transit.
While bus advertising is out of the scope of the Transportation Master Plan, it is valuable feedback that we are sharing with Guelph Transit. For further information, please see the Council Approved Advertising Acceptability Policy dated October 03, 2016. This document governs all advertising within the city, not just on Guelph Transit vehicles.