20 Minute Transit Service starts July 7th

July 4, 2008

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This was a big issue in our community last fall when we had to fall back to a 40 minute service during peak times to ensure people would be making their connections.  We heard from many people that this was not acceptable.

Council approved additional funding in the 2008 budget and staff have purchased the buses and hired the drivers to hit the streets on Monday July 7th.

More details on the new level of service can be found at: http://guelph.ca/living.cfm?smocid=1764

You will also see 969 Information Posts being installed at the 683 bus stops in the city; each route at the bus stop will have its own sign (a few stops may not have information posts installed due to the location of the pole).

Next bus is still available for people to get real-time bus arrival information that is accessible through the internet and telephone.

The Information Post provides the following information:

·     Route and Stop name

·     Next Bus contact information and Stop ID

·     Route map

·     Stop times

·     Fare chart

·     Guelph Transit contact information

The interesting thing is that transit is one of the services that people frequently cite in their letters to me as as a non-essential service that can be completely eliminated or reduced to cut the budget.  There are very different views in our community about the importance of transit service.





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3 Comments on “20 Minute Transit Service starts July 7th”

  1. David Graham Says:

    Thank you for this improvement in our transit service! I very much look forward to it.

  2. Julia Grady Says:

    I’m happy to support the new 20 minute bus service enhancement to our transit system through my property taxes. Public transit, including bus and rail is certainly something that a forward thinking city as Guelph should be investing in. Keeping transit affordable and accessible, with routes that are well planned and timed is vital as our city grows. Transit should never be considered an exclusively user-pay system. It’s a core part of the infrastructure that ties out city’s residential and commercial areas together.

    Developing this infrastructure is one of the important moves our city needs to make to remain livable (and affordable) in years to come. I also look forward to better inter-city transit, as this will be necessary as we look at ways to make reaching surrounding cities such as Kitchener, Cambridge and Toronto more practical.

    Clearly, as gas prices rise, cities without good transit systems will be left behind. There can be no argument made that the dramatic increase of fuel costs over the course of the past year has not had an impact on citizens who travel to and from work, even locally. Also, this impact is far higher than the nominal amount felt through the increase to taxes for extended bus service.

    The whole transit discussion presents a big opportunity for foresight into what the road ahead looks like 5, 10 and 30 years down the line. In 30 years, I’m confident that our kids won’t even be debating the merits of public transit, and greener modes of transportation in general, it’ll just be how it always was.

  3. Lyndsay Says:

    Some people think it’s not important? Do these people realize not everyone has a car? I am so so happy to see signs at the stops showing stop times. This is long overdue. I think 20 minutes is good for a city this size. There are just a couple other suggestions I have. One is to not require exact change. And/or install a card system where people can put money on their card and swipe it when they get on the bus and only charge them $2 if they use the card instead of cash. I realize this would probably be expensive to install but it works in Sweden. Having exact change can be a pain. And a cheaper option might get more people to ride the bus.
    Additionally in Sweden, every stop is named and at the front of the bus the next stop is named on a screen. This is so helpful for newcomers who are learning the city or people going somewhere in the city they’ve never been to. They don’t have to bother the bus driver about stopping at their stop. A map is at every stop with stop names.

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