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GRT hosts meeting in Hespeler on upcoming service changes,
May 12



Grand River Transit is hosting a public consultation centre tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12 so you can better understand how GRT proposes to revise services in the Hespeler area of Cambridge later this year.

GRT intends to modify service in Hespeler by extending service to newly developing residential areas and improving evening and weekend service.

It’s currently considering two options. Both options include extending the 65 Fisher Mills route to Baldwin Drive. To make this change while keeping buses on their current schedule, GRT wants to modify the route so that buses operate on Queen Street, instead of Holiday Inn Drive and Franklin Boulevard.

One option includes extending the 66 Winston route to Townline Road and Jamieson Drive and adding a night service route to replace Route 66 service evenings and Sundays and improve service during these times to areas that buses operating along the 71 Melran route serve Monday-to-Friday daytime.

Another option includes combining the 53 Franklin and 66 Winston routes so that buses serve areas that buses operating along the 66 and 71 currently serve. This route would operate in both directions Mondays-to-Saturday daytime and would operate one-way only Monday-to-Saturday evenings and all day Sundays.

Both options are part of a long-term service plan for the area that includes extending evening and weekend hours of service, more direct routes and express service to connect with the future rapid transit line. GRT would put this long-term plan into effect in phases, as the budget allows and as the number of passengers riding the bus to and from Hespeler continues to develop.

Drop into the Hespeler Library, 5 Tannery Street, anytime tomorrow from 4 until 8 p.m. GRT and other Region of Waterloo staff will be there to discuss the service proposals and answer any questions you may have.

Getting there by public transit

GRT buses operating along the 65 Fisher Mills, 66 Winston and 71 Melran buses stop within one block of the library. (Buses do not operate along the 71 Melran route after 6 p.m.)

You can also provide detailed comments as part of an on-line survey about the proposals here. The survey will remain active until Thursday, May 19.