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Guelph Transit wants new route through heart of the city

New route would stretch from Woodlawn Road to the north to Clair Road in the south
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Guelph Transit wants to create a new 10-minute service route through the heart of the city that would stretch from Woodlawn Road to Clair Road.

The recommendation is one of the key improvement plans outlined in the Guelph Transit Growth Opportunities report that will be presented to the city's Public Services Committee June 8.

It calls the proposed key new route along Guelph's busiest north/south road "the backbone of the proposed route changes."

The new route could be in place as early as next year.

The report says the new route would take pressure off the current routing that sees several routes meet at central station at the same time.

The new route would lead to alterations on 14 other bus routes.

It would be one of three routes in the city that would get 10-minute service during both peak and off-peak hours. The others would be 1A/1B College Edinburgh and 50 Stone Road Express.

The recommendation is part of $51 million in improvements over the next five years contained in the report..

They include more frequent service, reorganized and expanded routes, 24 new buses and 40 new drivers.

The report is a continuation of the city's 2010 Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and ties in to the Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan currently under review.

Its purpose is to identify short and long-term growth opportunities and needs for the city's transit system over the next 20 years.

"The Guelph Transit Route Review and Rationalization identifies the need for enhanced transit service and frequency on a number of existing routes and theneed for higher order transit service on specific routes with increased frequency and passenger capacity," the report states.

The plan calls for $24.6 million in operating improvements and $36.6 million in capital improvements. That money would come from upcoming Federal transit infrastructure funding and the next five city budgets.



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