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Part 1 -- Less service to and from colleges and universities,
starting this week



Exams have ended and classes are over until the new year, so many area transit agencies — especially GO Transit — decrease services to colleges and universities for the holidays. Starting this week, fewer buses operate along many of the routes that serve passengers traveling to and from post-secondary institutions. Most service resumes after New Year’s Day.


You can read part 2 of the post here.

You can read part 3 of the post here.

You can read part 4 of the post here.

Transit agencies are decreasing services to: Brock University, Centennial College’s Ellesmere and Progress Campuses, Conestoga College’s Cambridge, Doon and Waterloo Campuses, Durham College’s North Oshawa Campus, Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus, Humber College’s Lakeshore and North Campuses, McMaster University main Hamilton campus, Niagara College’s Glendale and Woodlawn Campuses, Redeemer University College, Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus, Seneca College’s King Campus, Trent University’s Symons Campus and the University of Guelph’s main Guelph campus, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) North Oshawa Campus, the University of Toronto’s Mississauga and Scarborough Campuses, the University of Waterloo’s main Waterloo campus, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo Campus and York University’s Keele Campus.


Buses operating along these routes provide less service to colleges and universities during the holidays:

GO Transit15 McMaster, 25 Waterloo / Mississauga, 29 Guelph / Mississauga, 45 Mississauga / York U, 46 Oakville / York U, 47 Hamilton / York U, 48 Guelph / York U, 51 Pickering / York U, 52 Oshawa / York U 54 Markham / York U, 88 Peterborough / Oshawa, 93 Durham College - UOIT / Scarborough.

Grand River Transit7D Mainline via University, 9 Lakeshore, 12 Conestoga Mall - Fairview Park Mall, 13 Laurelwood, 29 Keats Way, 110 Fairview Park - Conestoga College express, 111 Ainslie St - Conestoga College express, 116 Forest Glen - Conestoga College express, 201 iXpress.

Guelph Transit50 Stone Road express, 56 Victoria Road express, 57 Harvard express, 58 Edinburgh express, Clairfields - Edinburgh late-night loop, Downtown late-night shuttle, Gordon corridor, North London - Elizabeth late-night shuttle, University Sunday-evening shuttle, West Hanlon - Kortright late-night loop.

Hamilton Street RailwayRedeemer University College shuttle.

MiWay110 University express.

Niagara Falls TransitBrock Rapid,Niagara College Glendale shuttle,Niagara College Woodlawn shuttle.

Peterborough TransitFleming express, Trent East Bank express, Trent West Bank express.

St. Catharines Transit Commission4 Oakdale - Pen - Brock, 15A West - Brock commuter, 16 Brock - Glenridge, 21 Confederation - Brock 122 Pen - Brock shuttle, 123 Towpath - Brock shuttle, 124 Glendale - Brock shuttle, Brock Bullet, Niagara College Glendale shuttle, Niagara College Woodlawn shuttle, Tupper extra.

Toronto Transit Commission38 Highland Creek, 35E Jane express, 41 Keele, 41E Keele express, 44 Kipling South, 60 Steeles West, 96E Wilson express, 102 Markham Rd, 106 York University, 116A / E Morningside local / express, 134 Progress, 191 Highway 27 rocket, 196 York University rocket.

Welland Transit - Brock Link, Niagara College Glendale shuttle.

York Region Transit - Viva purple.


Brock University


Niagara Falls Transit, the St. Catharines Transit Commission and Welland Transit are decreasing service to and from the university during the holidays.


Niagara Falls Transit
Brock Rapid

Tuesday, December 18 is the last day this year that Niagara Falls Transit operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.


St. Catharines Transit Commission
Brock Bullet

Tuesday, December 18 is the last day this year that the SCTC operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

16 Brock - Glenridge

Starting Wednesday, December 19, buses operate every 30 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, Monday-to-Friday daytime. Buses leave the Downtown St. Catharines Terminal at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour.

During the holidays, the SCTC interlines buses operating along this route with buses operating along the 4 Oakdale - Pen - Brock route.

Regular service resumes and interlining ends Monday, January 7, 2013.

21 Confederation - Brock

Starting Wednesday, December 19, buses resume their regular schedules and no longer offer extra exam service.

124 Glendale - Brock shuttle

Tuesday, December 18 is the last day this year that the SCTC operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

4 Oakdale - Pen - Brock

Starting Wednesday, December 19, the SCTC interlines buses operating along the route with buses operating along the 16 Brock - Glenridge route.

Interlining ends and regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

122 Pen - Brock shuttle
123 Towpath - Brock shuttle
Tupper extra
15A West - Brock commuter

Tuesday, December 18 is the last day this year that the SCTC operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.


Welland Transit
Brock Link

Tuesday, December 18 is the last day this year that the SCTC operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.


Centennial College Ellesmere Campus


Toronto Transit Commission
38 Highland Creek

(The TTC has not confirmed holiday service levels. This post describes how it decreased the frequency of service during the Christmas and New Year’s season in previous years.)

Since fewer passengers are traveling to and from the college, starting Monday, December 24, the TTC is operating fewer buses along the route Mondays to Fridays from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It also cancels service along the 38A short-turn branch during the holidays.

Buses drop off and pick up passengers at each stop west of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus every 11 minutes, instead of every 7½ minutes during morning rush hours. They serve stops west of U of T Scarborough every 10 minutes, instead of every 6 minutes 15 seconds, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They serve stops west of U of T every 12 minutes, instead of every 6 minutes during afternoon rush hours.

By canceling the 38A branch, the TTC temporarily increases the frequency of service along the route east of U of T. Buses drop off and pick up passengers at stops east of the campus every 11 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes, during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 10 minutes, instead of every 12½ minutes, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They continue to serve the stops every 12 minutes during afternoon rush hours.

Holiday service ends and regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

Operating fewer TTC buses along this route also affects service for passengers traveling to and from the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus.

116 A / E Morningside express / local

(The TTC has not confirmed holiday service levels. This post describes how it decreased the frequency of service during the Christmas and New Year’s season in previous years.)

Since fewer passengers are traveling to and from the college, starting Monday, December 24, the TTC is operating fewer buses along the local / express branch of the route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops along the route every 26 minutes, instead of every 16 minutes during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 18 minutes 45 seconds, instead of every 15 minutes during afternoon rush hours.

Holiday service ends and regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

Operating fewer TTC buses along this route also affects service for passengers traveling to and from the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus.


Centennial College Progress Campus


Toronto Transit Commission
102 Markham Rd

(The TTC has not confirmed holiday service levels. This post describes how it decreased the frequency of service during the Christmas and New Year’s season in previous years.)

Since fewer passengers are traveling to and from the college, starting Monday, December 24, the TTC is operating fewer buses along the route Monday-to-Friday midday.

Buses drop off or pick up passengers at stops south of Progress Avenue every 5½ minutes, instead of every 5 minutes, during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 6 minutes, instead of every 5 minutes 15 seconds during afternoon rush hours.

Between Passmore and Progress Avenues, buses serve the stops every 11 minutes, instead of every 10 minutes, during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 12 minutes, instead of every 11½ minutes during afternoon rush hours.

North of Passmore Avenue, buses serve the stops every 22 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes during morning rush hours. They operate every 24 minutes, instead of every 21 minutes during afternoon rush hours.

Holiday service ends and regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

134 Progress

(The TTC has not confirmed holiday service levels. This post describes how it decreased the frequency of service during the Christmas and New Year’s season in previous years.)

Since fewer passengers are traveling to and from the college, starting Monday, December 24, the TTC operates fewer buses along the route Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

West of Centennial College, buses drop off and pick up passengers at each stop along the route every 8 minutes, instead of every 6 minutes, during morning rush hours. They serve the stops every 8 minutes, instead of every 6½ minutes, during afternoon rush hours.

Holiday service ends and regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.


Conestoga College Cambridge Campus


Grand River Transit
111 Ainslie St - Conestoga College express

Friday, December 14 is the last day this year that GRT operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

By canceling service along this route during the holidays, GRT also decreases service for passengers traveling to and from Conestoga College’s Doon Campus.


Conestoga College Doon Campus


Grand River Transit
111 Ainslie St - Conestoga College express

Friday, December 14 is the last day this year that GRT operates buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2013.

By canceling service along this route during the holidays, GRT also decreases service for passengers traveling to and from the Conestoga College’s Cambridge Campus.

110 Fairview Mall - Conestoga College express

Friday, December 14 is the last day this year that GRT operated buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2012.

116 Forest Glen - Conestoga College express

Mondays to Fridays from Monday, December 17 until Friday, **December 21, GRT does not operate buses along the route during afternoon rush hours.

Friday, December 21 is the last day this year that GRT operates any buses along the route.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 7, 2012.


Conestoga College Waterloo Campus


12 Conestoga Mall / Fairview Mall

Mondays to Fridays, December 24, 27, 28 and **31, and January 2, 3, 4 and 5, the southbound buses that usually start their trips in the Conestoga Mall Terminal at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 a.m. Mondays to Fridays, start, instead, at University Avenue and King Street North at 7:55, 8:25 and 8:55 a.m., then serve all other stops along the route at the same time as they usually do. GRT does not operate the southbound buses that usually leave Conestoga Mall at 9 and 9:35 a.m. during the holidays

The northbound buses that currently end their trips in the Conestoga Mall Terminal at 3:53, 4:23, 4:53, 5:23 and 5:53 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, instead, end their trips at University Avenue and King Street North at 3:24, 3:54, 4:24, 4:54 and 5:25 p.m.

Regular service resumes Monday, January 2, 2012.

By decreasing service along this route for the holidays, GRT also affects service for passengers traveling to and from the the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Transit agencies often interline buses operating along two or more routes that share a common terminal to save resources — vehicles and drivers. For example, a southbound bus operating along the St. Catharines Transit Commission’s 4 Oakdale - Pen - Brock route arrives at the Brock Tower Terminal, then continues northward along the 16 Brock - Glenridge route. A southbound bus operating along the 16 Brock - Glenridge route arrives at Brock, then continues along the 4 Oakdale - Pen - Brock route.


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