Category Archives: Getting Around

Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind

October 9, 2019

This month, the City will celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Wilson Street road improvements and the grand opening of the new Market Parkade. The new Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge will also open, and the Wilson Street public art project will be unveiled along with four new murals created as part of the Main Street Mural Project. All work was completed within planned budgets. Continue reading Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind


New pedestrian crossover at Victoria Road North at Simmonds Drive

October 8, 2019

A new pedestrian crossover located on Victoria Road North at Simmonds Drive became operational today. Continue reading New pedestrian crossover at Victoria Road North at Simmonds Drive


Wilson Street one-way direction is changing

October 8, 2019

The flow of traffic on the one-way section of Wilson Street between Northumberland Street and Gordon/Norfolk Street will be reversed from heading into the downtown core (northbound) to out of the downtown core (southbound) when Wilson Street reopens later this month. Continue reading Wilson Street one-way direction is changing


Niska bridge and road reopens for travel, includes multi-use path

October 3, 2019

The City of Guelph has finished construction of the new bridge on Niska Road, and the roadway has reopened for travel to people driving, biking and walking. Continue reading Niska bridge and road reopens for travel, includes multi-use path


Construction notice: Gordon Street lane reductions starting October 21

October 2, 2019

Construction on Gordon Street is expected to start on or about October 21 and take about four weeks to complete, weather permitting. Continue reading Construction notice: Gordon Street lane reductions starting October 21


Trail closure coming to Centennial Park on October 16

October 1, 2019

Royal Recreation Trail will be closed in Centennial Park from Municipal Street to College Avenue on October 16, 2019. Continue reading Trail closure coming to Centennial Park on October 16


City looking for feedback on proposed smoking and alcohol regulations

September 30, 2019

The City is looking for input on proposed smoking and alcohol regulations through two online surveys running from September 30 to October 13. Continue reading City looking for feedback on proposed smoking and alcohol regulations


Augustine Court – On-Street Parking Survey

September 26, 2019

September 2019 – On-Street Parking Survey The City’s Transportation Services department has received a public request to review on-street parking on Augustine Court.  To address this concern, the City is considering implementing a 2 hour, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm parking restriction on Augustine Court, east of Rickson Avenue. Staff must receive a minimum support rate of 51% of the property owners that are in favour of the proposal in order for the change to occur. We have set-up various methods of communication.  Please complete the survey sheet by using one of these methods.  For your convenience, an online survey has been created and can be accessed by clicking below. Augustine Court On-street Parking Survey Collection Notice: Personal Information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom… Continue reading Augustine Court – On-Street Parking Survey


Guelph Transit survey asks how you would use a reloadable fare card

September 18, 2019

We’re introducing a reloadable fare card later this year—making paying fares on our Guelph Transit buses faster, easier and more secure. Through an online survey we’re asking transit customers—current and future—to tell us where they would most like to reload their fare card. Options include online, telephone, in person at a City facility, self-serve kiosk, or other (e.g. retail location near home or workplace). Public input will help us to choose where to make the cards available for purchase or reloading. Survey closes October 4. The new card has many benefits including the convenience to add value on the card in person or online. Customers choosing to reload online eliminates the need to line up each month at a City facility or retailer to purchase… Continue reading Guelph Transit survey asks how you would use a reloadable fare card


Open house: Gordon Street improvements

September 17, 2019

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for road improvements to Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road South and Lowes Road. Continue reading Open house: Gordon Street improvements


Temporary protected bike lane coming to Woolwich Street, September 13-20

September 11, 2019

Try out the temporary two-way protected bike lane on Woolwich Street from September 13-20 and share your feedback to help guide the Transportation Master Plan. Complete the survey at haveyoursay.guelph.ca/transportation Continue reading Temporary protected bike lane coming to Woolwich Street, September 13-20


New pedestrian signals on Gordon Street and Eramosa Road

August 28, 2019

Traffic signals have been turned on at two new pedestrian crossings in Guelph on Gordon Street and Eramosa Road. Continue reading New pedestrian signals on Gordon Street and Eramosa Road


Temporary trail closure: Downtown Trail/TransCanada Trail alongside Goldie Mill Park

August 27, 2019

Part of the Downtown Trail/TransCanada Trail that runs past Goldie Mill Park will be closed for restoration work starting August 27 until further notice. Continue reading Temporary trail closure: Downtown Trail/TransCanada Trail alongside Goldie Mill Park


Guelph Transit introduces 59 U Gordon Express, makes minor changes to system

August 16, 2019

We’re making some minor changes to the transit system, starting September 1, as part of our ongoing effort to improve the service for riders. Continue reading Guelph Transit introduces 59 U Gordon Express, makes minor changes to system


Active Transportation Update Report

August 9, 2019

Learn about Guelph’s progress implementing its cycling master plan and active transportation network. Continue reading Active Transportation Update Report


Moving Guelph forward with your input

August 6, 2019

Tell us how the current transportation system is working and what improvements you want to see in the future. Get involved at haveyoursay.guelph.ca/transportation Continue reading Moving Guelph forward with your input


Construction notice: Macdonell Street intersection closed for asphalt repair starting August 12

August 6, 2019

Paving of Macdonell Street’s intersection is expected to take place on August 12 at 5 a.m. and be complete by afternoon the same day, weather permitting. Continue reading Construction notice: Macdonell Street intersection closed for asphalt repair starting August 12


Learn how to use Guelph Transit’s bike racks

July 19, 2019

This summer, Guelph Transit is hosting demonstration sessions to show cyclists how to properly use the bike rack on the front of its conventional buses.  Continue reading Learn how to use Guelph Transit’s bike racks


Baker District archaeological and environmental investigations start mid-July

July 9, 2019

Work will occur in rotation throughout the Baker Street parking lot The City is completing archaeological and environmental investigations as part of the work to redevelop the Baker Street parking lot into a unique mixed-use development. The triangular block that is currently the Baker Street municipal parking lot was the site of an all-faith cemetery from 1827-1853. The City is working with experts to complete the archaeological investigations which must be completed before environmental investigations can begin. City staff has worked with Guelph Police Services, the coroner’s office, Woodlawn Memorial Park, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, among others, to ensure that we have response plans and coordination in place should we find any remains or bone fragments. To ensure that human remains… Continue reading Baker District archaeological and environmental investigations start mid-July


Right turn restriction at Victoria/Eastview lifts July 12

June 28, 2019

We’re lifting the restriction to right turn on a red light at the intersection of Victoria Road North and Eastview Road starting July 12. Continue reading Right turn restriction at Victoria/Eastview lifts July 12


New traffic control signal: Victoria Road South at Frederick Drive

June 28, 2019

Guelph, Ont., June 26, 2019 — A new traffic signal located on Victoria Road South at Frederick Drive was turned on today. With this installation, the City of Guelph now operates and maintains 195 traffic control signals. To learn more about how Guelph operates and coordinates traffic signals, visit guelph.ca/traffic For more information Shaymaa Al-Ani Traffic Engineering, Engineering and Transportation Services 519-822-1260 extension 2041 shaymaa.al-ani@guelph.ca


Railway crossing safety tips

June 24, 2019

Guelph Junction Railway is committed to the safety of all travellers, and reminds the public about the following railway safety tips: Slow down when approaching a railway crossing. Remember trains can come at any time, from any direction. It takes a train a long time to come to a complete stop. When the lights at a rail crossing are flashing stop at the white line painted on the pavement. Do not cross over this line. Do not cross the track until the lights stop flashing, the bell stops ringing and the train has passed. If the crossing has a gate or barrier, wait until it rises all the way up before you cross the tracks. Never drive around, under or through a railway gate or… Continue reading Railway crossing safety tips


We’re hiring!

June 24, 2019

Support your community and help keep kids safe We‘re looking for regular and spare crossing guards for school crossings in Guelph. Crossing guards work from September to June with time off when school is out, including weekends and holidays. Crossing guards receive: flexibility to suit your schedule paid training all needed equipment mentoring support (new guards) paid P.D. days on-call pay (spare guards only) paid mileage (spare guards only) summers off invitation to the annual guard appreciation event You are: self-motivated and friendly a great communicator committed and reliable Responsibilities work two shifts per day, Monday to Friday, between 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday  (shift times vary by location and coverage requirements) help children cross roads safely on their… Continue reading We’re hiring!


Open house: York Road Environmental Design Study

April 24, 2019

Open house for York Road Environmental Design Study on May 9, 2019 at Guelph City Hall. Continue reading Open house: York Road Environmental Design Study


West Acres Drive Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

March 21, 2019

The City of Guelph is considering traffic calming on West Acres Drive. Continue reading West Acres Drive Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


New traffic signals and system upgrades will improve travel in Guelph

February 22, 2019

Guelph, Ont., February 22, 2019—Whether people walk, bike or drive, the City’s plan to improve traffic flow this year will make travel safer and more efficient for everyone in Guelph. All temporary traffic or pedestrian impacts related from these improvements will be posted on guelph.ca/construction. New pedestrian signals New pedestrian signals are being added at three locations in 2019: Eramosa Road between Meyer Drive and Stevenson Street North Gordon Street between Wellington Street and Water Street Edinburgh Road South at Rodgers Road New traffic signals New traffic signals are being added at two intersections in 2019: Elmira Road North at Independence Place Woodlawn Road West at Arrow Road Traffic signal upgrades Traffic signal upgrades include replacing old signal equipment and wiring. The City will be… Continue reading New traffic signals and system upgrades will improve travel in Guelph


Council endorses recommendations to improve transit service in Guelph

January 31, 2019

At Tuesday night’s meeting, Council unanimously endorsed 12 recommendations outlined in the final report for the Guelph Transit business service review. Continue reading Council endorses recommendations to improve transit service in Guelph


City shares Guelph Transit business service review final report

January 17, 2019

The final report for the Guelph Transit business service review will be presented to Council on Tuesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. Continue reading City shares Guelph Transit business service review final report


Tips for driving in winter weather conditions

January 15, 2019

Maximize your visibility Take the time to scrape and clear your windows properly, both inside and out, before proceeding. Clean all your mirrors, lights and windshield wipers. Remove snow from the hood and roof so that it doesn’t blow or fall onto the windshield or rear window as you drive. Snow in the outside air vents or off of your boots on the floor will vapourize as the cab air temperature increases and may reform as frost on the inside of the cold windshield. Use the air conditioner, if equipped, as it will help to remove the moisture from the air. Find and keep traction Traction is what allows you to control your vehicle – starting, stopping or turning requires traction between your tires and… Continue reading Tips for driving in winter weather conditions


Baker District workshop sets stage for vision, goals

January 4, 2019

You’re invited to attend one of two drop-in workshops on January 15 as we gather community input to help shape the sustainability vision and goals for the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Baker District workshop sets stage for vision, goals


Minor tweaks to Guelph Transit routes 10 and 17

December 19, 2018

We’re making some minor schedule adjustments, starting January 7, 2019. Continue reading Minor tweaks to Guelph Transit routes 10 and 17


Guelph Transit installs new signs at bus stops

December 18, 2018

Guelph Transit is installing new reflective signs at its bus stops. Continue reading Guelph Transit installs new signs at bus stops


Sidewalk Needs Assessment study update, December 2018

November 27, 2018

The Sidewalk Needs Assessment (SNA) study supports improved connectivity for pedestrians throughout the City. City staff worked with Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. to: Review the current guidelines for sidewalk construction and explore municipal best practices; Develop ranking criteria for prioritizing which gaps need to be filled in; and Propose an implementation strategy and cost estimate for completing the sidewalk network. Where we are at The original study report was completed in December 2016. Council approved the Sidewalk Needs Assessment report (page 11) at their March 27, 2017 meeting. Since 2017, the 1,145 meters of new sidewalk have been built: Eastview Road from Summit Ridge to Watson Parkway (multi-use path) Elmira Road near Tovell Rd Exhibition Street from Powell to near Division St Goldie Ave near Memorial Cr Grange Road near Auden… Continue reading Sidewalk Needs Assessment study update, December 2018


Join us to hear about plans for the Baker District redevelopment

November 15, 2018

The City of Guelph, along with Windmill Development Group and Invizij Architects Inc., is hosting two open houses on Thursday, November 29 to provide our community with an overview of the Baker District redevelopment project. Continue reading Join us to hear about plans for the Baker District redevelopment


Clair-Maltby Public Workshop: Policy Directions

November 15, 2018

Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan and Master Environmental Servicing Plan Tuesday, December 4 1:30–4 p.m. or 6:30–9 p.m. Salvation Army Guelph Citadel 1320 Gordon Street, Guelph Join us for focused conversations and a discussion to help establish and refine the policy directions that will inform the creation of the secondary plan for the Clair-Maltby area. A Draft Policy Directions report will be available no later than Monday, November 26 on guelph.ca/clair-maltby. This draft report will summarize key draft directions for future policies based on what we’ve heard through the project so far. Your input, ideas and comments at the public workshop will inform the final Policy Directions report. Register to participate Register to attend either the 1:30 to 4 p.m. or 6:30 to 9 p.m. session by Thursday, November 29. Registration is free. Unable to attend?… Continue reading Clair-Maltby Public Workshop: Policy Directions


Ride bus for free to River Run, Sleeman Centre events

September 7, 2018

Guelph, Ont., September 7, 2018 – Put your loonies away. It’s now free to ride Guelph Transit to and from ticketed events at River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre. “Thanks to our friends at Royal LePage Royal City Brokerage, we’re now able to offer the Special Event Fare program at no cost to riders,” says Robin Gerus, interim general manager at Guelph Transit. To receive the free special event fare, show your event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding—to and from the event. The special event fare begins three hours prior to the event start time and continues until end of bus service on the event day. The extended service window provides you with the opportunity to connect with businesses and… Continue reading Ride bus for free to River Run, Sleeman Centre events


Phase one trail improvements coming to Crane Park starting September 5

August 27, 2018

The City is working in Crane Park starting September 5, 2018 to improve the existing trail and remove invasive buckthorn. Continue reading Phase one trail improvements coming to Crane Park starting September 5


Guelph Transit’s Special Event Fare program here to stay

June 27, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 27, 2018 – It’s official. Bus rides to and from ticketed events at River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre will continue to cost riders $1 for each one-way trip. On Monday night, City Council voted unanimously in favour of making the Special Event Fare program permanent. The program was introduced last September as a pilot program to increase ridership and assist in alleviating parking and traffic pressures in Guelph’s downtown core. To receive the $1 special event fare, riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding. This is a savings of $2 per trip. The special event fare begins three hours prior to the event start time and continues until end of bus service on… Continue reading Guelph Transit’s Special Event Fare program here to stay


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Bus tickets available at Guelph Public Library branches

June 14, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 14, 2018 – Starting June 18, you can buy Guelph Transit single bus tickets or monthly passes at any of the Guelph Public Library branches in the city. Main library, 100 Norfolk Street Bullfrog Mall, 380 Eramosa Road East Side, 1 Starwood Drive Scottsdale Centre, 650 Scottsdale Drive West End, 21 Imperial Road South Westminster, 100-31 Farley Drive “We’re excited to extend our vendor locations to include Guelph’s library branches; giving you more options on where you can purchase tickets and passes,” says Robin Gerus, interim general manager of Guelph Transit. The Guelph Public Library accepts debit, credit and cash as payment for tickets and passes. Monthly bus passes can be purchased at any vendor location about two weeks prior to the… Continue reading Bus tickets available at Guelph Public Library branches


Council passes Election Sign Bylaw

May 1, 2018

The bylaw comes into effect ahead of 2018 municipal election Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2018 – Council passed an Election Sign Bylaw that regulates the use of election signs  to minimize  interference along roadways.  The new bylaw will be in effect for the start of municipal election nominations on May 1. “This new election sign bylaw sets out clear guidelines for placement and size of signs to ensure pedestrian and vehicular sight lines are free of obstruction, ” says David Wiedrick, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing. The approved bylaw regulates: The size of election signs to a maximum of 0.47 square metres and a maximum display height of 2.13 metres The placement of election signs to the ward in which the candidate is… Continue reading Council passes Election Sign Bylaw


Guelph transit gets federal-provincial funding boost

March 16, 2018

A new provincial-federal agreement earmarks up to $106 million over 10 years for potential Guelph transit infrastructure projects. Continue reading Guelph transit gets federal-provincial funding boost


U-pass program extended to Guelph’s Conestoga College students

February 2, 2018

Guelph, Ont., February 2, 2018 – Beginning this September, full-time students enrolled at Conestoga College’s Guelph campus will receive a Universal Bus Pass (U-pass) as part of their tuition—giving them unlimited access to ride Guelph Transit. The one-year pilot program, which ends Aug. 31, 2019, is the result of a referendum held last February by Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI)—the official student association at the college. During the three-day vote, full-time students at the Guelph campus voted 53 per cent in favour of CSI and Guelph Transit implementing a U-pass pilot program. “This partnership is a great example of Guelph Transit’s commitment to identify opportunities for ridership and revenue growth. It’s truly a win-win; Guelph Transit grows its customer base and Conestoga students get unlimited access… Continue reading U-pass program extended to Guelph’s Conestoga College students


Construction notice: Wilson Street, Norfolk footbridge closing for parkade construction starting February 5

January 29, 2018

Northbound lane reduction also starts on Norfolk at Gordon The City is building a new parking facility at the site of the Wilson Street parking lot. The new parkade will provide over 400 new parking spaces. Parkade construction is expected to be complete in 2019. Wilson Street closure and Gordon/Norfolk northbound lane reduction Starting on February 5, Wilson Street will be closed between Gordon Street and Northumberland Street for the duration of the construction, about 18 months. There will also be a lane reduction on Norfolk Street between Gordon Street and Macdonell Street and traffic will change as follows: The left most northbound lane on Gordon Street will become a left-turn lane only (onto Waterloo Avenue) The centre lane will be the through lane on… Continue reading Construction notice: Wilson Street, Norfolk footbridge closing for parkade construction starting February 5


Wilson Street parking lot closes February 4

January 29, 2018

On February 4, the Wilson Street parking lot will be closed as the City and their contractor, Newton Group, prepare to board up the site for construction. Continue reading Wilson Street parking lot closes February 4


City improves application process for subsidy programs

January 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 25, 2018 – The City of Guelph has introduced  a single-application process for residents who are applying for a subsidy program like the Affordable Buss Pass, Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) and animal licensing. “This new process makes it much easier for our residents when filling out the paperwork,” says Alex Goss, manager of Community Investment. “The one application saves time and reduces the need for our residents to share sensitive information over and over again.” Residents can apply for the City’s subsidy programs online at guelph.ca under the How can we help you? tab. Residents can also download the application, fill it out and return it to Service Guelph at City Hall, the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre,… Continue reading City improves application process for subsidy programs


Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

December 19, 2017

Initial concept plan for Guelph’s southernmost neighbourhood Guelph, Ont., December 19, 2017 – Last night, Council approved the Conceptual Community Structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Study. “The conceptual community structure gives us a general blueprint for where land uses will be throughout the Clair-Maltby community,” explains Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “It shows potential locations for housing, roads, trails, parks, schools and more for this southernmost area of Guelph.” The approved conceptual community structure: balances the protection of the natural heritage system and natural land features like the Paris Moraine with future development of the area; proposes a transportation network that supports all modes of travel with roads, bicycle infrastructure, recreational trails and pedestrian walkways that provide strong connections… Continue reading Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Guelph

December 8, 2017

                      Guelph, Ontario, December 8, 2017—Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Liz Sandals, President of the Treasury Board of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph, and His Worship Cam Guthrie, Mayor of the City of… Continue reading Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Guelph


Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction

November 23, 2017

Ptarmigan Drive to City limits The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for construction on Niska Road between Ptarmigan Drive and the City limits west of the Niska Road Bridge. Work includes the reconstruction of Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits at the Speed River as per the approved Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA), filed on December 3, 2015. The EA was approved on March 21, 2017 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:30—8:30 p.m. Kortright Hills Public School, Library 23 Ptarmigan Drive, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information, including map and schedules, and ask questions about traffic impacts… Continue reading Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction


City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement

November 20, 2017

The agreement takes effect immediately. More information will be available on guelph.ca once both parties have signed the agreement. Continue reading City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement