The City of Guelph is working on a number of projects and programs designed to lower vehicular emissions, reduce traffic congestion and improve connections between local and regional transit systems.
- Construction began in 2011 to build Guelph’s new transit terminal. The new transit terminal will be a hub for Guelph’s local bus service and regional transit systems including VIA Rail, Greyhound, and GO Transit, including the new GO Train service in Guelph. When it opens in spring 2012, the transit terminal will make it faster and easier for residents to get where they need to go using transit.
- New and improved Guelph Transit routes were launched as part of the Transit Growth Strategy. With better service levels—including 15-minute service during peak periods on weekdays and the ability to match service levels to demand—Guelph Transit plans to attract more riders while using resources more efficiently.
- Guelph added 24 kilometres of bike lanes and upgraded 33 kilometres of sidewalks in 2010-2011. Innovative new features for cycling were opened in 2011, including a “bike box” (marked intersection that helps drivers and cyclists share the road) and a “cycling track” (separated bike lane) on Stone Road. Moving forward, new bike lanes will be added with every major road reconstruction.
- Council approved the recommendations of the Transit Growth Strategy & Plan and Mobility Services Review, providing a road map for the growth of Guelph Transit over the next twenty years. The recommendations include improving levels of service, restructuring routes, and adding express buses and interregional connections.
- Construction of Guelph’s new inter-modal transit terminal is scheduled to be complete by March 2011 and will improve connections between local transit, regional buses and trains.
- Green fleet policies were introduced to ensure that City employees are accountable for reducing fuel consumption by minimizing engine idling. Staff has been trained on fuel efficiency for vehicle and equipment operation. The purchase of right size vehicles further decreases the City’s carbon footprint and results in lower capital costs.
- Close to 14 kilometres (km) of bike lanes are being installed as part of the infrastructure renewal projects the City will complete in the spring of 2011. As a result, Guelph will boast 47.4 km of bike lanes throughout the city.
- Close to 4,000 bikes were carried on Guelph Transit bike racks in the first year they were installed.
- The City received E3 silver ratings for sustainable fleet management and for its transit fleet. Guelph is the second municipality in Ontario to receive an E3 silver rating for sustainable fleet management and the first municipality to receive an E3 silver rating for its transit fleet.
- As part of the Bicycle-Friendly Guelph plan and policies, bike lanes are now included in all reconstruction projects on arterial roads. Guelph’s bike policy also authorizes the installation of bike lanes as standalone projects where the road is important to the bicycle network, but is not due for reconstruction.
- An integrated assessment of transportation needs in the Guelph-Wellington and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge areas is underway to plan for regional roads, transit, cycling and pedestrian routes, and promote supportive policies and infrastructure, along with ongoing provincial highway initiatives.
- The Transit Growth Strategy and Plan for transit and mobility services will allow the City to build a transit system that will meet the growing needs of people living, working or studying in Guelph.
- The Bicycle Friendly Guelph initiative is working to make cycling safer and more convenient. Currently, only 1% of daily trips in the city are on bicycles; the goal is to triple the amount of daily bike trips by 2018.
- Bus racks were installed to all conventional Guelph Transit buses this past summer, making it easy to take your bike to school, to work, to the park, and around the city.
- Guelph Transit’s fleet of 65 buses run on biodiesel—a renewable, non-toxic fuel alternative made by combining vegetable-based oils with conventional diesel. The use of biodiesel between 2004 and 2008 has resulted in an estimated reduction of 1,703 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.