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Guelph Transit "helper" buses,
July 4 to September 2



Guelph’s city council approved a budget in December that decreased the city’s subsidy for transit services. To meet its new budget target, Guelph Transit reduced service to just hourly on statutory holidays and cut service on all routes for the summer. Since Monday, May 1, GT buses have operated every 30 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, Mondays to Fridays during rush hours.

Passengers have not been happy.

Now, GT proposes putting “helper” buses on the road, starting Monday, July 4. Guelph Transit is scheduling these during peak travel times, allowing all buses to stay on schedule and improving service for passengers transferring between buses at Guelph Central Station and University Centre terminals.

The helper buses arrive at Guelph Central Station or the University Centre as much as 10 minutes before the regularly scheduled buses, in time for you to make transfer connections. The helper buses will generally leave the terminals before the regularly scheduled buses arrive.

Helper buses operate Mondays to Fridays until Friday, September 2:

  • 2A West Loop: from 12:45 until 6:10 p.m.;
  • 2B West Loop: from 7:17 a.m. until 5:37 p.m.;
  • 3B East Loop: from 8:22 a.m. until 6:07 p.m.;
  • 5A Gordon: from 8:01 until 8:55 a.m. and from 3:01 until 4:25 p.m.;
  • 8 Stone Road: from 8:13 a.m. until 5:39 p.m.;
  • 10 Imperial: from 7:20 a.m. until 5:40 p.m.;
  • 11 Willow West: from 7:23 a.m. until 5:40 p.m.; and
  • 13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre: from 7:21 a.m. until 6:10 p.m.

Regular print and on-line schedules will not list the helper buses.

The buses pick up or drop off passengers at all stops along the route except Guelph Central Station and at the University Centre. They’ll only drop off passengers at the two terminals. These buses display the same destination signs as the regular buses, but drivers will change the sign to ‘not in service’ when they arrive at the terminals.

Regular Monday-to-Friday rush hour, midday and evening service resumes Tuesday, September 6.

The cost to add the extra buses for the rest of the transit schedule period is about $75,000. Since GT did not budget this amount for 2016, it will operate with “a negative variance”, meaning council will either have to reallocate more funds for the transit service or further reduce other city budgets.