Expanded University Centre Transit Hub Opens

GUELPH, Ontario September 13, 2011 - University of Guelph Campus Bulletin

Bus service to the University of Guelph will increase and improve, thanks to an expansion to the University Centre transit hub.

Construction took place over the summer on new bus bays and shelters and new passenger platforms. There were also changes to adjacent parking lot exits.

Guelph Transit and GO Transit will run more buses to and from campus. In total, about 620 buses will travel through the expanded bus loop every day.

“We expanded to accommodate a planned increase in bus service and to make improvements to address some operational concerns,” said Ian Weir, Guelph’s manager of parking services and transportation planning.

Guelph Transit will be improving service to nine routes, with frequency increasing to one bus every 15 minutes. Four new Guelph Transit bus bays and new bus shelters were built south of South Ring Road on the east side of the loop.

New walkways and crossings with pedestrian-activated signals were installed on each side of the South Ring Road and University Centre main-entrance intersection to help ensure pedestrian safety. New concrete sidewalks were added from Christie Lane to connect with Winegard Walk on the north side.

GO Transit will increase its weekday bus service as well. To make room for the expansion, the connection to the bus loop entrance at parking lot P42 was closed.

Greyhound and Aboutown, which provides bus service to and from Hamilton, will continue to use current stops in the bus loop.

Vehicular access on the north end of the bus loop will continue to be restricted to buses and emergency vehicles.

“These changes will create a more efficient and accessible environment for all transit users,” Weir said.