The Year of Transit: A ReView from the Bus

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… That line from A Tale of Two Cities seems apt to describe this year of Guelph Transit news. There seemed to be a renewed focus and urgency on improving Transit services, but the results seemed to leave a lot to be desired according to the people on the ground, or in the bus. Continue reading “The Year of Transit: A ReView from the Bus”

New Transit Contract Ratified, Both Sides Have Eye on the Future

After being ratified at City Council last week, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189 did their share and ratified the new collective agreement on their end, and thus securing labour piece between the City of Guelph and its transit employees. Now’s the part where we learn the details. Continue reading “New Transit Contract Ratified, Both Sides Have Eye on the Future”

VIDEO: Some Kinks and Confusion on the First Ride of the #99

Months of hard work led to this: the launch of the new Guelph Transit route system and schedule. The City of Guelph kicked things off with an inaugural ride on the new northbound #99 Mainline as members of city council, transit staff, and commuters all boarded the bust to see if all the prep and promotion had paid off. Continue reading “VIDEO: Some Kinks and Confusion on the First Ride of the #99”

Feds Kicking in Nearly $10 Million for Guelph Transit Upgrades

March has been a big month for transit news in the Royal City, so it’s apropos that it goes out like a lamb for city transit nerds with an announcement that the Federal government will be investing nearly $9.7 million in Guelph Transit improvements including new vehicles, new fair boxes, new shelters, and upgrades to traffic signalling. Continue reading “Feds Kicking in Nearly $10 Million for Guelph Transit Upgrades”

Media Questions, Transit Answers on the Realignment

On Friday morning, the City of Guelph officially began its charm offensive to get transit users ready for the new and amended schedules and routes being proposed for September. At a media brief, Transit General Manager Mike Spicer, Supervisor of Planning and Scheduling Nancy Button, and Route Performance and Scheduling Specialist Laura Catalano-Bragues answered questions about the initial phase of the realignment. Continue reading “Media Questions, Transit Answers on the Realignment”

Guelph Transit Looking at Schedule and Route Shake-Up for September

Guelph Transit has a plan to revitalize its system with new schedules, adjusted routes and new services to “match transit service levels with passenger loads.” If implemented, the realignment will see some routes renamed, rescheduled or reorganized so that transit will no longer operate on a “pulse and wave” system, but will it be enough to get more people on the bus and get them where they’re going in a timely and convenient matter? Continue reading “Guelph Transit Looking at Schedule and Route Shake-Up for September”

GUELPH POLITICAST #60 – Mike Spicer, Guelph Transit General Manager

One-hour holiday service, no peak service in the summer, the cancellation of Free Ride Fridays with the Storm without notice, no service expansion for 2017, the firing of manager Phil Meagher, no restoration of 2015 service… This was not a good year for transit in Guelph, and probably not the plate you want set for you when you sit down at the desk as Guelph Transit’s new General Manager. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #60 – Mike Spicer, Guelph Transit General Manager”

Burlington Transit Director Spicer New Guelph Transit Manager

Despite the fact that the firing of Guelph Transit General Manager Phil Meagher has yet to be explained, the City of Guelph is proceeding into the future with the announcement today that they’ve hired a bran new general manager. Mike Spicer, fresh from being the Director of Burlington Transit, has come aboard Transit Services in the Royal City to lead our system through difficult times. Continue reading “Burlington Transit Director Spicer New Guelph Transit Manager”

Province Initiates [Some] Action on Water Bottling Companies

That splash you heard this morning was the Province of Ontario finally answering the call of thousands of community activists to finally doing something about companies taking millions of gallons of water per day for a pittance and shipping it out of town. Continue reading “Province Initiates [Some] Action on Water Bottling Companies”