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Part 1 -- Weekend events affect transit services,
October 7, 8, 9, 10



This weekend, for the first time since May, no special events affect transit services in Toronto. (Heads up: next weekend will be a completely different story!)

However, on the very edge of the Golden Horseshoe — the very edge of the area we cover in this blog — in Waterloo Region, Oktoberfest results in major changes for Grand River Transit services this weekend and next.

Closer to Toronto, the farmers markets in Brampton and Georgetown end after this Saturday. The markets have resulted in detours to local and GO bus services every Saturday since early June.


This post appears in three parts.

This part of the post describes events affecting transit services in Brampton, Cambridge, the Georgetown area of Halton Hills, Guelph and central Hamilton.

Part 2 of the post describes some of the events affecting transit services in Kitchener.

Part 3 of the post describes the rest of the events affecting transit services in Kitchener and events in the Lindsay area of Kawartha Lakes, Oakville, the Rockton area of Hamilton and Waterloo.


The events affect these routes:

Brampton Transit2 Main.

GO Transit25 Waterloo - Square One, 31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union.

Grand River Transit1 Stanley Park, 3 Ottawa South, 4 Glasgow, 5 Erb West, 6 Bridgeport, 7 Mainline, 8 Fairview via East / Franklin, 8 University via Weber, 9 Lakeshore, 10 Conestoga College, 11 Country Hills, 12 Conestoga Mall / Fairview Mall, 13 Laurelwood, 15 Frederick, 20 Victoria Hills, 22 Laurentian West, 23 Idlewood, 24 Highland, 25 Queen South, 35 Eastbridge, 52 Fairview Park / Ainslie Street, iXpress.

Guelph TransitAll routes.

Hamilton Street RailwayAll routes, Rockton World’s Fair shuttle, Tiger-Cats express shuttles.

Lindsay TransitGreen route.

Oakville Transit17 Kerr.


The Thursday, October 6 events affecting transit services are: the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre.

The Friday, October 7 events affecting transit services are: a Canadian Football League game; Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest; the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience; the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre; and an Ontario Hockey League game.

The Saturday, October 8 events affecting transit services are: the Downtown Brampton Farmers Market; the Oktoberfest Family Fun Fest and Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial; the Georgetown Farmers’ Market; Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest; the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience; the Oktoberfest Pancake Breakfast and Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race; the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre; and the Rockton World’s Fair.

The Sunday, October 9 events affecting transit services are: Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest; the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience; the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre; and the Rockton World’s Fair.

The Thanksgiving, Monday, October 10 events affecting transit services are: Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest; the Oktoberfest Downtown Experience; the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade; the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz / Welcome Centre; and the Rockton World’s Fair.


Brampton


Downtown Brampton Farmers Market

The City of Brampton is closing

  • Main Streets North and South between Nelson and Wellington Streets

on Saturday morning and early afternoon and every Saturday until October 8 to accommodate the weekly farmers market.

Brampton Transit is detouring bus service during the market.

2 Main

From 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8, southbound buses operate along their regular route to Main Street North and Nelson Street, then detour:

westward along Nelson Street West, passing, but not stopping at, the Downtown Transit Terminal,
southward along George Streets North and South; and then
eastward along Wellington Street West to Main South,
resuming their regular route southward along Main.

Southbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Main Street at Queen Street.

Northbound buses reverse the detour routing.

Northbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Streets South and North at Wellington Street, John Street, north of Queen Street and at Theatre Lane.

You can view a map of the detour route here. (.pdf)

This is the last market of the year.


Cambridge


Kitchener - Waterloo Oktoberfest

Grand River Transit is providing free service on all routes at certain times and extending the hours of service on one route in Cambridge this weekend.

All Grand River Transit routes

All buses operating along all routes after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.

51 Fairview Park / Ainslie Street

Later buses operate until until about 2 a.m. Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9.

All buses after 11 p.m. Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 are free of fare.


Georgetown


Georgetown Farmers Market

The Town of Halton Hills is closing

  • Main Street South Georgetown between James and Church Streets

on Saturday morning and every Saturday until October 8 to accommodate the Georgetown Central Business Improvement Area’s weekly market.

GO Transit is detouring bus service during the weekly market.

31 Guelph / Georgetown - Union

From 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, October 8, eastbound buses from Guelph operate along their regular route to Main and Guelph Streets (Provincial Highway 7) and then proceed:

southeastward along Guelph to Mill Street,
resuming their regular route southwestward along Guelph.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Main Street South opposite Cross Street and at Wesleyan Street and
  • on Mill Street at Guelph Street.

Westbound buses reverse the detour routing.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Mill Street south of Guelph Street and
  • on Main Street South across from Wesleyan Street and at Cross Street.

Buses that start or end their trips at Georgetown operate to and from the Georgetown GO Station, instead of Main Street South and Wesleyan Street and do not travel to downtown Georgetown.

This is the last market of the year.


Guelph


Ontario Hockey League game
All Guelph Transit routes

You can ride any Guelph Transit bus for free Friday, October 7 to the Guelph Storm game against the Brampton Battalion at 7:30 p.m. — if you have a valid ticket to the game. You can ride free of fare to and from the Sleeman Centre on Friday evening after 5 p.m. by simply showing the Guelph Transit driver your game ticket.


Halton Hills

See Georgetown.


Hamilton

See also Rockton.


Canadian Football League game
All Hamilton Street Railway routes

Friday, October 7, you can ride any HSR bus for free to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 7:30 p.m. — if you hold a valid ticket to the game. With the HSR’s Ticket to Ride program, you can ride free of fare to Ivor Wynne Stadium for as much as three hours before game time and free of fare from the stadium until the end of service.

Tiger-Cats Express shuttles

From about 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, free HSR shuttle buses also speedily transport ticket-holders from four terminals across the city to the stadium — and back again after the game is over. You can read the schedule for Friday’s shuttle service here. (.pdf)

Read Transit Toronto’s June 17 post for more details.


Kawartha Lakes

See Lindsay.