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LETTER: How to increase riders on transit

Resident who lives at the corner of Renfield and Dumbarton Streets says it takes half a day to attend a medical appointment if he uses the bus
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GuelphToday has received the following letter from a Guelphite with some ideas about improving public transit locally.

Transit will not get many more riders until the routes are made to be more efficient.

About seven years ago it was suggested that a route running back & forth on Speedvale Ave. without going downtown like the 17, 18 was suggested. At the time everyone including City Council, Guelph Transit and riders thought that was a great idea.

Those along with 99 make a lot of sense, as you can transfer to many of the other

On Speedvale Ave. you could transfer to routes that are ae already passing by, like numbers 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20 and 99.

I live at the corner of Renfield/Dumbarton and it takes me an hour-and-a-half each way by bus to attend a medical appointment at Dawson Rd. , along with walking time to and from bus stops. This consumes a morning or afternoon.

Being retired it’s ok with me, but students, workers and shoppers would love a change and use it more.

The number 12 and 11 do not run on the same time schedule, so there is always a wait downtown. The 17/18/99 and some of the University routes have brought us into the 21st century.

But some of the system is still back in the twentieth. It does make any sense if you are on a bike or in a car to have to go to Carden Street before your final destination on Dawson, Silvercreek Woodlawn or Conestoga College.

Would you park your car to do this?

Doug Grove