Strike Averted for VIA as All Sides Reach New Deal

It wasn’t exactly the eleventh hour, but a new deal was reached overnight between VIA Rail and Unifor Council 4000 and Local 100, who represent over 2,000 workers with the passenger rail service. This draws to a close days of uncertainty as VIA management, workers and passengers counted down to a strike deadline Sunday at midnight, and then counted down three other deadlines before a deal was finally reached. Continue reading “Strike Averted for VIA as All Sides Reach New Deal”

VIA Workers Could Be on Strike on Monday Without a Deal

We’ve heard a lot about the issues at the airport lately, and we know that high gas prices have made car travel less than ideal right now too. So we’ve got the planes, we’ve got the automobiles, but what about the trains? Well, there are some problems there too. Before the weekend is out, hundreds of VIA Rail employees might be on strike after reaching an impasse on a new contract with management. Continue reading “VIA Workers Could Be on Strike on Monday Without a Deal”

Schreiner Pushes For Transit Fare Cuts While ONgov Raises Highways Speed Limits

You may have heard that gas prices are going up. International pressures mean that the cost of filling up your car is more expensive than usual, so wouldn’t it be nice if the government gave you a break while doing something positive for the environment at the same time? Guelph MPP and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner has an idea about that, meanwhile, the Ontario government wants you to go faster (in select locations). Continue reading “Schreiner Pushes For Transit Fare Cuts While ONgov Raises Highways Speed Limits”

Transit Fare Strategy Feedback is Now Open Till April 10

Ever considered how much you pay to take the bus, or how much you would pay for the bus if you took it? Well, this will be a good time to share any thoughts you have about Guelph Transit’s fare system because the long-expected Fare Strategy has now come to the people for feedback. From now until April 10, the City of Guelph is asking for input on a variety of matters in regards to transit fares. Continue reading “Transit Fare Strategy Feedback is Now Open Till April 10”

Schreiner Pushes for Regional Transit, While May Pushes for VIA Support

Moving people around the region is still an issue. Greyhound shut down their Canadian operations last May, but it had been effectively closed sine the start of the pandemic now almost two years ago, and there has been no big carrier coming in to take its place. Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner noticed that too, and this morning he made an announcement in Cambridge to declare the Green Party’s commitment to regional transit. Continue reading “Schreiner Pushes for Regional Transit, While May Pushes for VIA Support”

GCAT Has Concerns About Potential Changes to Rail Crossings

Happening now, the City of Guelph is gathering feedback about proposed road-level rail crossings in the Royal City. The study is focused on places in the city where local roads meet the train tracks owned by Metrolinx that service the Kitchener Line GO Train that runs from Kitchener to Union Station, but a local activist group wants to make sure that the there’s one specific action that doesn’t come out of this feedback  process. Continue reading “GCAT Has Concerns About Potential Changes to Rail Crossings”

U of G Students Approve New Deal on Student Bus Pass

Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Guelph have voted in favour of getting back to normal in a very specific way for the next semester. The results of a mid-term referendum overwhelmingly endorsed a new contract between the Central Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, the City of Guelph and Guelph Transit to bring back the universal student bus pass (Upass) in January. Continue reading “U of G Students Approve New Deal on Student Bus Pass”

RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Traffic, Train and Drive Thru Concerns

The above picture is from a time when these sorts of town halls happened in-person, but not for the first time, this town hall was held on Zoom. On Wednesday night, Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer talked to constituents about traffic issues in the ward and other updates including recent developments and the ward boundary review. Check out the recap of the live coverage below. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Traffic, Train and Drive Thru Concerns”

TAAG Teams Up With Unions for Regional Transit Strategy

The Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG) has teamed up with transit unions in Guelph, Brantford and Waterloo Region to promote a regional transit strategy that will better connect the three areas, and other smaller transit networks in rural areas. In a presentation on Tuesday night, the group unveiled a plan that they hope will appeal to regional governments to address the gaps in travelling between area municipalities. Continue reading “TAAG Teams Up With Unions for Regional Transit Strategy”

City Touts Microtransit Success While Looking for Master Plan Feedback

More savings equals success. That’s the “too long; didn’t read” of an information report to council about the first four months of microtransit in Guelph. Mircotransit might be one part of future transportation plan for Guelph, which is coming back again to the pubic for input. The City is Guelph is asking for more assistance to help shape the Transportation Master Plan. Continue reading “City Touts Microtransit Success While Looking for Master Plan Feedback”