If it’s September, that means it’s time for some changes to your local public transit system. The City of Guelph and Guelph Transit have announced some changes coming this fall to a couple of different transit routes, and that means saying goodbye to a couple of runs, and hello to a brand new one.
The new route will be an addition to the University of Guelph service, called the #59U Gordon Express, which will run between Heritage Drive and the University Centre every 20 minutes with northbound stops in the morning from 8 to 11 am, and southbound stops in the afternoon from 4 to 7 pm.
The #59U will join the fleet of other 50s-route university buses, which will all come back from summer break starting on September 3.
But what’s gained in a new Gordon Express is lost in the #41 Downtown-University Express, which will be discontinued at the end of the month. The #41 originally ran every 10 minutes all-day Monday to Friday, but it was cut back to just morning and evening service last year. The #41’s spot at Guelph Central Station at platform #6 will now be occupied by the #9 Waterloo bus.
Speaking of platform moves, the #17 Woodlawn Watson and the #18 Watson Woodlawn will now use platforms #6 and #7 respectively at the University Centre.
The only other cancelled route is the ARC Industries charter. People who use that bus are being asked to take the #17 or the #18 instead.
On the bright side though, the #11 Willow and the #14 Grange will now run every 30 minutes after 8:45 pm.
All changes go into effect on September 1.
To get the new lay of the old land, you can go online to the Guelph Transit’s website here, or you can get the old fashioned printed maps at City Hall, Guelph Civic Museum, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, West End Community Centre and the Victoria Road Recreation Centre.
For more transit discussion, tune in to the next episode of the Guelph Politicast for our regular check in with the folks at the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG). Download it on your favourite podcast app at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.