Kingston Transit

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Kingston Transit
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Slogan My Ride
Founded 1962
Headquarters 1181 John Counter Blvd
Service area Kingston, Ontario
Service type Bus service
Routes 17[1]
Fleet 50 buses
Daily ridership 13,000 [1]
Operator City of Kingston
Manager Jeremy DaCosta[2]
Website Official Website

Kingston Transit operates the transit service in Kingston, Ontario, Canada as well as to the neighbouring community of Amherstview, in Loyalist Township.

The Kingston Public Transit System began service on 1 July 1962, when the city's Public Utilities Commission took over the operation of transit service from Kingston City Coach, a subsidiary of Colonial Coach Lines. The Kingston Transit name was adopted in 1975.

Kingston Transit offers service to all three schools of higher education in the region: Queen's University, St. Lawrence College, and RMC.

It also offers service to the Coach Canada bus terminal and the VIA train station.

Major transfer points are at the Kingston Centre,[3] Downtown Kingston (at the corner of Bagot and Brock streets), Cataraqui Town Centre, and Gardiners Town Centre.

Routes[edit]

Service runs every 30 minutes on most routes during the daytime (combined 15 minute service on Princess Street, Union Street, and Gardiners Road), although some routes only operate every 60 minutes or at certain times of day. Service between St Lawrence College, Queen's University, and downtown Kingston can under every 15 minutes during peak hours due to the addition of an "Extra Bus" that does not run on a schedule. On evenings and Sundays, routes operate on a 60-minute frequency. Service runs from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays on most routes (start and end times vary by location). 17 Queen's West / Main Shuttle runs after the regular routes end service, until approximately 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sundays.

Daytime Monday to Saturday[edit]

Operates Monday-Saturday, approximately 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Same schedule Runs on 60 min intervals evening (7:30 pm-11pm) and Sundays (8:30am-8:30pm).

Express Routes
Two routes run in a loop with limited-stop service, serving Cataraqui Town Centre, Kingston Centre, Downtown, Kingston General Hospital, Queen's University, St. Lawrence College, and the Bayridge neighbourhood.

  • 501 - clockwise direction
  • 502 - counterclockwise direction

These express routes run 15 min peak hours (7:00 am-9:30 am and 4:00 pm-7:30 pm) and 30 off peak Monday to Friday, and 30 min on weekends.

Handicapped/disabled access = 'Easier Access' (accessible) route

Route Destinations Via Frequency
(minutes)
Peak Hours Only Former
1 Handicapped/disabled access Montreal Street
St. Lawrence College
Downtown 30 Cataraqui Town Centre-Woods
2 Handicapped/disabled access Kingston Centre
Division Street
St. Lawrence College
Downtown
30
3 Kingston Centre
Downtown
Queen Mary Road
St. Lawrence College
King Street
30
4 Handicapped/disabled access Princess Street Cataraqui Town Centre
Downtown
30
6 Cataraqui Town Centre
St. Lawrence College
Gardiners Town Centre
30 Downtown
7 Dalton/Division
Midland/Gardiners
Cataraqui Town Centre
Train Station
Bus Terminal
30
9 Downtown
Cataraqui Town Centre
Brock St. / Barrie St.
Gardiners Town Centre
20
10 Amherstview
Cataraqui Town Centre
Collins Bay Road 30 Kingston Centre
11 Handicapped/disabled access Kingston Centre
Cataraqui Town Centre
Bath Road
Gardiners Town Centre
30 (formerly Route 71)
12 Kingston Centre
Highway 15
Downtown
CFB Kingston (off-peak only)
30 -
12A CFB Kingston
Downtown
30 X
18 Train Station
Bus Terminal
Downtown
Queen's University
St. Lawrence College
* Student Circuit
19 Montreal Street
Queen's University
Downtown 30 X
14 Handicapped/disabled access Train Station
Cataraqui Town Centre / Midland Avenue
Waterloo-Davis
Multiplex
30 (formerly Route A)
15 Handicapped/disabled access Reddendale
Cataraqui Town Centre - Woods
Gardiners Town Centre
30 (formerly Route B)
16 Handicapped/disabled access Train Station
Bus Terminal
Kingston Centre 30 (formerly Route C)


* Runs on a schedule that aligns with the train schedule

Evening & Sunday service[edit]

Operates Monday-Saturday from approximately 7:00 p.m. to end of service and Sunday from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Route Destinations Via Frequency
(minutes)
Formerly
1 Handicapped/disabled access Montreal Street
Cataraqui Centre-Woods
Multiplex
Downtown
60 21
2 Handicapped/disabled access Kingston Centre
Division Street
St. Lawrence College
Downtown
60 E2
22
E6 Gardiners Town Centre
Downtown
St. Lawrence College 60 26
23*****
7 Dalton/Division
Midland/Gardiners
Cataraqui Town Centre
Bus Terminal
Train Station
30
E12 St. Lawrence College
Highway 15
Kingston Centre
Downtown
60 23*****
17**** Queen's West / Main Shuttle 30
(late night only)
18 Train Station
Bus Terminal Loop
Downtown
Queen's University
St. Lawrence College
***
E71 Handicapped/disabled access Cataraqui Town Centre
Downtown
Kingston Centre
Gardiners Town Centre
Downtown
60
EB Handicapped/disabled access Gardiners Town Centre
Cataraqui Town Centre
Collins Bay Road 60
C Handicapped/disabled access Bus Terminal
Train Station
Kingston Centre 60

***Runs on a schedule that aligns with the train schedule
****September to April only.
*****The evening version of Route 3 once was Route 23. However, it now consists of Route E6 (downtown) and Route E12 (Kingston Centre).

Dial-A-bus (Tuesdays and Thursdays only)[edit]

Booking is required at least 24 hours in advance.
Handicapped/disabled access = 'Easier Access' route

Route Name Via Hours of Service
5 Handicapped/disabled access East Kingston Highway 2
Downtown
10:00-11:00 a.m.
4:00-5:00 p.m.
8 Handicapped/disabled access North Kingston Battersea Road
Unity Road
Sunnyside Road
Kingston Centre
9:30-10:30 a.m.
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fares[edit]

Age group Single fare 10-ride card Monthly pass
Youth (age 6 - 18) $2.25 $16.25 $50.50
Adults $2.50 $21.50 $68.25
Seniors
(65 years of age and older)
$2.25 $15.00 $46.25

Kingston Transit fares and My Card rates effective July 1, 2011.[4]

Kingston Transit employs a smart card payment system for monthly passes (My Pass) and tickets (My Tickets), which was introduced in August 2008.

Transfers are free for cash fares but must be obtained at the time fare is paid. They are valid for 60 minutes. Payments using My Tickets have transfers automatically stored inside the card.

Children under 6 ride free. A day pass, valid for one day of travel, can be purchased for $5.50 from City Hall.

Queen's University students, who are members of the AMS or SGPS, as well as St. Lawrence College students can ride free, as part of a U-Pass program.[5][6]

Fleet[edit]

Kingston Transit's fleet consists of 50 buses.

Current Roster[edit]

Handicapped/disabled access = 'Easier Access' buses

Total Builder Model Year built Numbers Also known as
1 GMDD TC40-102N 1986 8790 Driver Training Bus
2 MCI TC40-102N 1988 8870, 8893
8 BIA Orion 06.501 Handicapped/disabled access 1998 9803-9810
5 NFI D40LF Handicapped/disabled access 2003 0313-0317
6 NFI D40LF Handicapped/disabled access 2005 0519, 0620-0624
2 Ford
Eldorado
E-450
Aerotech Handicapped/disabled access
2006 0626, 0627
2 NFI D40LF Handicapped/disabled access 2007 0728, 0729
1 Ford E-450
Crestline body Handicapped/disabled access
2008 0830
1 International LC Handicapped/disabled access 2008 0931
5 NFI D40LF Handicapped/disabled access 2008 0832-0836
5 International LC Handicapped/disabled access 2009 1037-1041 1037-1039 ex 0937-0939
4 NFI D40LF Handicapped/disabled access 2008 0942-0945
6 NFI D40LFR Handicapped/disabled access 2010 1046-1051
1 General Motors/Chevrolet 4500 Arboc Handicapped/disabled access 2009 0952

Past buses[edit]

Total Builder Model Numbers
15 CC&F IUCD-44ATC 5601-5615
15 GMC TGH-3102 6216-6230
5 GMC TGH-3501 6468, 6569, 6570, 6671, 6476
8 GMDD TDH-4519 6331, 6332, 6433, 6434, 6635, 6636, 6737, 6738
2 GMDD T6H-4521 6839, 6840
16 GMDD T6H-4523N 7341, 7342, 7547-7554, 7655-7657, 7762-7764
9 GMDD T6H-5307N 7865-7867, 7972-7975, 8177, 8280
9 GMDD TC40-102N 8761, 8762, 8383, 8384, 8557, 8686-8689, 8791
7 MCI TC40-102N 8867-8869, 8892, 8894, 9095, 9196
8 Rek-Vee Club Car 7443-7446, 7558, 7559, 7460, 7461
4 OBI Orion 01.504 8178, 8179, 8281, 8382
1 OBI Orion 01.508 8485
5 OBI Orion 05.501 9297-9299, 9201, 9202
1 Ford E-350Handicapped/disabled access 626
1 Ford
Eldorado
E-450
Aerotech Handicapped/disabled access
0625
2 Thomas SLF-230 Handicapped/disabled access 0311, 0312

Vehicle numbering[edit]

This section refers to the 4-digit code located on all four sides of the exterior, the interior front, and, on older vehicles, the interior back.

The year of manufacture is part of the vehicle number. The year each bus was built is indicated in the first two digits of the number (e.g., code 9095 = built in 1990; code 0832 = built in 2008). The last two digits are numbered in sequence with every new vehicle added to the fleet.

Anomalies[edit]

On some buses, there are anomalies in the code. For example, on one bus, at the interior front, the code reads "8790", indicating it was built in 1987. However, at the back interior, the code reads 8690.

Rack and Roll[edit]

The current "Rack and Roll" system is used for bicycle transportation. If a customer wishes to bring a bicycle onto the bus, a pull-down rack is located at the outside front of the bus. The rack can currently hold 2 bicycles. It involves 2 slots which the bicycle's wheels fit into. Then, a curved hook fits around the front tire to secure the bike from falling. Rack and Roll is available during the cycling season.[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kingston Transit at Wikimedia Commons