Service on statutory holidays was introduced in July 2007.
Ridership numbers in 2009 were the following. These numbers do not represent individual people but rather individual trips:
New Years Day: 3,100
Family Day: 3,200
Good Friday: 5,000
Victoria Day: 2,200
Canada Day: 3,500
John Galt Day: 4,100
Boxing Day: 3,100
Guelph Transit ridership has a significant level of seasonality due to the University of Guelph. Ridership on an average weekday in the summer is in the range of 15,000 while during the rest of the year average weekday ridership is approximately 30,000.
Staff initially proposed eliminating service on statutory holidays for 2009 because of low ridership. Council did not approve this service adjustment.
In 2010, the service reduction was back on the table along with other expenditure reductions because of the economic recession. This time the service reduction was approved.
The Transit Growth Strategy does recommend re-instating service for 5 selected statutory holidays (more on this in a future post)