Guelph Transit service changes, effective September 3, 2017

We’re changing to get you on board

Putting buses when and where you need them

Effective September 3, 2017, transit schedules, routes and stops will be changing. We have created new schedules to put buses in areas in the city where they are needed, and to help keep them on schedule. We have renumbered and renamed routes to reduce confusion. We have added routes, made changes to several existing routes, added new bus stops, and removed Fbus stops that were not being used very often.

So what’s changing? Lots, but in a good way!

Below you will find information outlining the:

Just want an overview of all of the changes? Have a look at the online route map or read about individual routes below.

It’s a lot of information to take in – so take your time, read it over and if you have any questions please email transit@guelph.ca.

Service frequency

Monday through Friday, routes will run on 10, 15, 20 or 30-minute service frequency depending on the needs of the individual routes. Weekend service will remain as 30-minute all-day service, with the exception of the new 99 Mainline and 41 Downtown-University Express.

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Brand new routes

The new routes include two new university routes, two new express routes and the 99 Mainline.

Full system map

Full system map

40 Scottsdale Express

Route 40 map

  • Monday to Friday: 30-minute service between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays: no service
  • Supplements 8 Stone Road Mall
  • Provides express service between Guelph Central Station and Stone Road Mall
  • Serves three stops: Guelph Central Station, College at Centennial westbound, and Stone Road Mall terminal

41 Downtown-University Express

Route 41 map

  • Monday to Friday: 10-minute service in the morning and afternoon, 15-minute service midday and evenings
  • Weekends: 15-minute service
  • Holidays: no service
  • Supplements 99 Mainline
  • Provides express service between Guelph Central Station and the University Centre
  • Serves four stops (both northbound and southbound): Guelph Central Station, Gordon at Nottingham, Gordon at College, and the University Centre

51 U Janefield

Route 51 U map

  • Monday to Friday: 30-minute service in the morning, midday and afternoon
  • Weekends and holidays: no service
  • Service only during the fall and winter semesters on days when university classes are being held
  • Supplements 1 Edinburgh College, particularly on Janefield Avenue northbound

52 U Kortright

Route 52 U map

  • Monday to Friday: 30-minute service in the morning and afternoon
  • Weekends and holidays: no service
  • Service only during the fall and winter semesters on days when university classes are being held
  • Supplements 2 College Edinburgh, particularly on Edinburgh Road southbound

99 Mainline

Route 99 map

  • Monday to Friday: 10-minute service, all day
  • Weekends and holidays: reduced service
  • Runs along the Gordon/Norfolk/Woolwich corridor, between Woodlawn Road and Clair Road
  • Connects with other routes at Woodlawn Smart Centres, at Guelph Central Station, at the University Centre and at Clair Road/Gordon Street, as well as serving all stops between these major transfer points
  • Will relieve overloaded buses, develop transit ridership in the Gordon/ Norfolk/ Woolwich corridor, take pressure off of the radial routes to all meet at Guelph Central Station or the University Centre at the same time, and be a step towards higher-order transit in Guelph

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Routes that will run on different streets and on a different frequency

1 Edinburgh College and 2 College Edinburgh replaces 1A/B College Edinburgh

Route 1 map Route 2 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Runs on a shortened route on Gordon Street instead of East Ring Road. East Ring Road will be served instead by the revised Route 15 University College

3 Westmount replaces the 3A/B East Loop between downtown and Westmount Road

Route 3 map

  • Monday to Friday: 20-minute service mornings, midday and afternoons, 30-minute service evenings
  • Weekends: 30-minute service
  • Serves the high-density residential development on the east side of Edinburgh Road between Speedvale Avenue and Woodlawn Road

5 Goodwin replaces 5 Gordon

Route 5 map

  • Monday to Friday: 20-minute service mornings, midday and afternoons, 30-minute service evenings
  • Weekends: 30-minute service
  • Runs on a revised route from the University Centre to Goodwin Drive, running on Victoria Road southbound and Gordon Street northbound
  • Provides continuous service on Victoria Road

8 Stone Road Mall

Route 8 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Runs on a shortened route inbound and outbound on Wellington Street instead of Water Street, Maple Street, Forest Street, Bristol Road and Waterloo Avenue

9 Waterloo

Route 9 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Runs on a shortened route on West Acres Road instead of Stephanie Drive

11 Willow West

Route 11 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Extra bus provided weekdays around 3p.m.
  • Runs on a shortened route on Silvercreek Parkway instead of Marksam Road. Marksam Road will instead be served by the new Routes 17 Woodlawn Watson and 18 Watson Woodlawn.
  • Better serves the commercial area along Silvercreek Parkway between Willow Road and Speedvale Avenue

15 University College

Route 15 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Runs on a re-aligned inbound route on College Avenue and East Ring Road, instead of Janefield Avenue and Stone Road

16 Southgate

Route 16 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Runs on a shortened route from Gordon Street to Southgate Drive, instead of running along Gordon Street to downtown
  • Connects with the 99 Mainline

17 Woodlawn Watson and 18 Watson Woodlawn replace 2A/B West Loop and 3A/B East Loop

Route 17 map Route 18 map

  • 30-minute service, all day, seven days a week
  • Provide a bi-directional loop around the city without going downtown
  • Realigned to provide a connection to the Stone Road Mall terminal and to serve Marksam Road
  • Between Massey Road and Woodlawn Road, Routes 17 and 18 will run on Royal Road and not on Imperial Road

56 U Colonial replaces 56 Victoria Express

Route 56 U map

  • Monday to Friday: 20-minute service mornings, midday and afternoons, 30-minute service evenings
  • Weekends and holidays: no service
  • Service only during the fall and winter semesters on days when university classes are being held
  • Runs from the University Centre to Goodwin Drive, on Gordon Street southbound and northbound
  • Combined with the new Route 5, provides two-way service along Goodwin Drive and Farley Drive
  • Provides new service on Clair Road between between Farley Road and Beaver Meadow Drive

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Routes that will run on the same frequency but on different streets

10 Imperial

Route 10 map

  • Monday to Friday: 20-minute service mornings and afternoons, 30-minute service midday and evenings
  • Weekends: 30-minute service
  • Buses on this route will no longer enter the West End Community Centre; however, they will stop on Imperial Road. This change is to avoid congestion in the community centre parking lot and to enable transit operators to maintain route schedules.

12 General Hospital

Route 12 map

  • Monday to Friday: 20-minute service mornings and afternoons, 30-minute service midday and evenings
  • Weekends: 30-minute service
  • Runs inbound to Guelph Central Station via Wyndham Street and outbound via Woolwich Street. This change is due to a new platform at Guelph Central Station.

13 Victoria Road Recreation Centre

Route 13 map

  • Monday to Friday: 20-minute service mornings and afternoons, 30-minute service midday and evenings
  • Weekends: 30-minute service
  • Runs on a shortened route on Eramosa Road and Stevenson Street instead of Metcalfe Street and Grange Street
  • Provides more direct service to John F Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
  • Runs in the reverse direction on the Auden/Watt/Starwood loop, to take advantage of the existing traffic control signals for the left turn out from Starwood Drive onto Eastview Road

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Routes that will run on the same streets but on a different frequency

These routes will run every 30 minutes, all day on weekdays and weekends.

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Routes with name changes

The following routes will run on the same streets and with the same frequencies as they do now:

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Routes with no changes

The following routes will run on the same streets and with the same frequencies as they do now:

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