Guelph Transit Sticking with Current Schedule, and Laying Off Workers

Guelph Transit announced Tuesday that the current service levels are going to stay exactly the same for the foreseeable future. Since the start of the pandemic, buses have been running at a reduced service level, and even though school will be re-starting again in a few weeks, the City of Guelph will be keeping those services on the Saturday schedule indefinitely, while making some difficult decisions about staffing. Continue reading “Guelph Transit Sticking with Current Schedule, and Laying Off Workers”

No Student Bus Pass for U of G Students this Fall, How Will That Effect Transit Budget?

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the new school year, but one of them was answered on Wednesday, and if you’re among the likely few University of Guelph students who are coming back to Royal City in September, you will have to get around town without your usual universal bus pass. The move not only leaves students in a transit lurch, but it blows a big hole in the City of Guelph’s transit budget. Continue reading “No Student Bus Pass for U of G Students this Fall, How Will That Effect Transit Budget?”

Lack of Students Will Seriously Impact Transit Funding, and Service

In a closed session at Wednesday’s council meeting on the COVID-19 response, council will hear information about the University of Guelph universal student bus pass, and the options they’ll need to consider if students don’t return to school for in-person classes in the fall. Less than eight weeks before the start of the school year, there are still a lot of unknowns about this important source of funding for Guelph’s transit system, and what happens if the City can’t collect. Continue reading “Lack of Students Will Seriously Impact Transit Funding, and Service”

Guess What? Now You MUST Wear a Mask on Transit

It was a little over a week ago that Guelph Transit came out and announced that while they were letting more than 10 people ride buses, there were not requiring that everyone on those buses wear a mask. Just 10 days later, based on “updated advice” from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Transit is now saying that you have to wear a mask to ride the bus, unless you qualify for a couple of exceptions. Continue reading “Guess What? Now You MUST Wear a Mask on Transit”

Government of Ontario Has Public Transit Safety Guidelines For Everyone

One of the biggest hurdles to getting back to so-called “normalcy” is public transit. How can all those people that need to get to work, school and everything ride the bus or train safely while in close quarters where social distancing is hard? The Government of Ontario might have some direction in this specific area of municipal affairs. Continue reading “Government of Ontario Has Public Transit Safety Guidelines For Everyone”

More People Get to Ride Transit, But Please Wear a Mask

Since March, Guelph Transit has gone to extraordinary measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by having people board and exit the bus at the rear door, blocking off seats for physical distancing, making the bus free, and limiting riders to 10 at a time. Starting Monday though one of those conditions will change. As the economy continues to re-open, and more people will depend on the bus again, more than 10 people will soon be able to ride at a time again. Continue reading “More People Get to Ride Transit, But Please Wear a Mask”

TAAG Joins the Push For More Emergency Transit Funding

COVID-19 has hit transit services across the country especially hard; municipalities have had to maintain some kind of service to make sure essential workers can still get where they need to go, while revenue has almost completely dried up. Transit advocates across the country, including the Royal City’s own Transit Action Alliance of Guelph, are turning up the heat on the Federal government to offer financial help for the nation’s transit systems. Continue reading “TAAG Joins the Push For More Emergency Transit Funding”

10 at a Time is the New Rule on Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit will keep rolling through the extended COVID-19 response period, but the transit service has just announced that they’re making social distancing easier on all their vehicles. Starting today, less than a dozen people at any one time will be allowed on Guelph Transit buses as part of new, stricter measures to keep people moving while not letting COVID-19 spread. Continue reading “10 at a Time is the New Rule on Guelph Transit”

Transit Announces Free Buses & Reduced Service to Fight COVID-19

Although the buses are still running, Guelph Transit has announced that they’re taking steps to protect drivers and passengers while still keeping up transit services in the midst of the continuing battle against the spread of COVID-19.As of March 18, changes will be coming to how you ride Transit, but it will also be coming with a greatly reduced price tag. Continue reading “Transit Announces Free Buses & Reduced Service to Fight COVID-19”

Metrolinx Won’t Be Offering Anymore Discounts on Transfers Come April

If you’ve been enjoying the cost benefits of using your Presto card to transfer from the GO Train to the TTC, you’re going to have to make up that extra cost per trip starting April 1. Metrolinx has announced that the Discounted Double Fare program will be ending on March 31, when the multi-year agreement between the Province of Ontario and GO Transit’s parent company expires. Continue reading “Metrolinx Won’t Be Offering Anymore Discounts on Transfers Come April”