Resources for Transit Users of Guelph
Looking for public transit-related resources? You’ll find them below. We will post links to City of Guelph reports, blogs with frequent public transit related items, and even public transit-related research to inform and educate. We will update with more links throughout the coming weeks and months.
System Map and Route Maps
The 2017 route realignment is now up & running. You may need to plan out new routes to get to where you want to go. To help see how the new and adjusted routes (and the unchanged routes) connect with one another, have a look at the new overall system map. (PDF) You can find all the routes and schedules online by clicking here.
Most delays, cancellations, and other detours are posted on Guelph Transit Twitter (Click here)
Major Service Advisories are posted on the Guelph Transit website (Click here)
Real Time Tracker
Guelph Transit is recommending that you download Google Transit App onto your phone for Live Real-Time Information. You can find the Google Maps App in Android App Store and the Apple Store.
Guelph Transit currently provides real-time transit tracking through the third-party developers, Google Transit. This initiative provides GPS information for bus locations on individual routes throughout Guelph. Real-time transit tracking will allow customers to see the location of their bus in real time and see how many minutes until the next bus arrives, which will limit wait times at bus stops.
With Google Transit you can create customized route maps without having to sort through schedules. Guelph Transit updates the necessary data as required, ensuring our customers have accurate information available.
Google Transit will also:
1) Provide walking directions to the nearest stop
2) Allow you to find your destination based on landmarks or place names rather than an address
3) Google allows you to use “street view” to see what your departure or arrival destination actually looks like
4) Allows you to select a departure or arrival destination based on nearest intersection rather than address.
5) Real-time transit tracking through Google Transit can result in better trip planning, less wait times and fewer missed connections.
Download Google Maps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today.
Planning your trip on the Google Maps Website, Guelph Transit provides this trip planning guide.
Guelph Transit is currently working on developing its own Mobile and Desktop Real-time Transit pages aimed to be launched sometime in 2019.
If you have had a problem with the Guelph Transit system, report it by email email@example.com or by phoning them, at 519-822-1811.
Useful information to include in your report are:
- day of the incident
- time of the incident
- three to four-digit bus number
- route number and name (e.g. 8 Stone Road Mall)
- the direction of the bus (e.g. northbound)
Any additional bit of information you can provide Guelph Transit in your comments is helpful.
They currently do not have a dedicated page to respond to their customers or after hours responses.
Also, consider participating in the City of Guelph Have your say process, to have more input into transit decisions.
Learn more about Public Transit
Blogs of interest:
Human Transit is the blog of Jarrett Walker.
Jarrett is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, based in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communizes and our lives (Island Press, 2011), an excellent resource for increasing the layperson’s understanding of transit planning.
The Institue is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. Lots of information here, everything from When are bus lanes warranted?, Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, to Evaluating Public Transit Benefits and Costs.
Though U.S. based, there is plenty of interest at CityLab. Dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. The City Fixer tab collates stories into various topic areas, including Mass Transit.
Public Transit Related Research
Research, Reports & Data, Canadian Urban Transit Association
Economic Impact of Transit Investment, Canadian Urban Transit Association
Urban Transportation and Design: Getting Where We Need to Go Summary Report, Sustainability Networking Conference, May 2014, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability
Useful Life of Transit Buses and Vans, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration Report No. FTA VA-26-7229-07.1
Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Transit Rider Advocacy Groups (Canada and US)
- TriTAG (Waterloo Region)
- BFAST (Burlington)
- TTC Riders (Toronto/GTA)
- CodeRed Toronto
- Friends of Sudbury Transit
- OC Transpo Transit Riders Union (Ottawa)