Peterborough Transit

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Peterborough Transit
Peterborough Transit Logo.png
PT bus05.jpg
Founded 1978 (Originally 1893)
Headquarters 190 Simcoe Street
Locale Peterborough, Ontario
Service area Urban area
Service type Bus service, Paratransit
Routes 12 main routes, 3 express routes
Hubs Downtown Transit Terminal
Fleet 47 buses
Fuel type Diesel
Operator City of Peterborough
Website Official Site

Peterborough Transit is the public transport operator for the City of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

The majority of their system consists of twelve regular routes within the urban area of the city. There are express routes to both Trent University and Fleming College. An additional express route, which only operates weekday mornings and afternoons, serves the industrial area in the southeast. For those who are physically unable to use the regular transit bus there is a special Handi-Van paratransit service. Regular transit bus routes operate Monday to Friday between 6:00 am and 11:20 pm, Saturday from 6:40 am to 11:20 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 7:20 pm. The new mayor, Daryl Bennett, owner of Capitol Taxi, proposed changes that would result in the cancellation of Saturday service after 6:00 pm.[1] However, on January 31, 2011. Peterborough city council voted against these transit cuts because of the overwhelming number of complaints from residents,and because of the perceived conflict of interest for the mayor.

History[edit]

Transit originally began in Peterborough as a streetcar service with the Peterborough and Ashburnham Street Railway Company, which was established in 1893 and operated until 1898. This was followed by the Peterborough Radial Railway Company, which operated from 1902 until 1927. This ended the streetcar era in Peterborough.

Cooney and Joplin was briefly the only transit company in the city during 1927 after the Peterborough Radial Railway Company ceased operations. Later during 1927, Border Transit Limited started. They operated through until 1978 at which point the present day Peterborough Transit began operations and continues today.[2]

Routes[edit]

Peterborough Transit bus 08 turning west onto Simcoe Street from Water Street

There are twelve main routes, two Trent Express routes, a Fleming Express route and paratransit service.

Main routes[edit]

All core routes operate 7 days a week at 40 minute headways. Each of these routes terminates downtown at the intersection of Simcoe & Aylmer

Regular Routes
No. Name Terminus Other Destinations Served
1 George North Trent University Northcrest Plaza
2 Chemong Chemong & Milroy Northcrest Plaza
3 Highland Portage Plaza Brookdale Plaza
4 Jackson Park Glenforest & Weller Peterborough Regional Health Centre
5 Charlotte Lansdowne & The Parkway Peterborough Regional Health Centre
6 SSFC/Kawartha Sir Sandford Fleming College
7 Lansdowne Sir Sandford Fleming College Lansdowne Plaza
8 Monaghan Monaghan & Crawford Lansdowne Plaza
9 Nicholls Park Armour & Nassau Mills
10 Collison Collison & Bensfort Market Plaza
11 Ashburnham Willowcreek Plaza
12 Major Bennett Major Bennett & Jameson Lansdowne Plaza, Market Plaza

Trent University Express Routes[edit]

Peterborough Transit bus 14 on Trent Express East Bank service.

Trent University routes connect the school with downtown and run at 10 minute headways daily during the Fall and Spring semesters, with reduced service during breaks and the Summer semester. The service is directly paid for by the students through their tuition fees.

Trent Express Routes
Name Terminus
Trent East Bank Express Otanabee Residences
Trent West Bank Express Bata Library

Other express routes[edit]

The Technology Drive route operates during the weekday rush year round. The Fleming College route operates during the weekday rush only when school is in session. Both routes terminate in downtown

Express Routes
Name Terminus
Sir Sanford Fleming Express Fleming College
Technology Drive Ashburnham & Technology

Fares[edit]

[3]

Age group Individual Fare 10 Ride Card 30 Day Pass
Children (Under 2) Free n/a n/a
Children (Ages 2–12) $2.50 $22.00 $40.00
Students in secondary school $2.50 $22.00 $55.00
Adults and post-secondary $2.50 $22.00 $60.00
Seniors
(65 years of age and older)
$2.50 $22.00 $40.00

Sir Sanford students must pay $200.00 for a semester pass, while Trent students have the cost paid for in their student interest fees. In addition, a new day pass has been created allowing up to two adults and four children unlimited rides for a day, this pass is $8.00. There's also a fare for their "TransCab", which is for people with; wheelchairs, scooters, etc. the fare is $3.00 per trip.

Fleet[edit]

Make Model Quantity Notes
General Motors Classic 1
Nova Bus LFS 36
Motor Coach Industries Classic 8
Ontario Bus Industries Orion VI 4
Leased buses 6

Leased Transit vehicles[edit]

Peterborough Transit bus 802 is one of six on loan.

Peterborough Transit was experiencing a shortage on vehicles for its system. As a result, six buses were leased from Eastway Refurbishing to fill in the gap til the six new low floors arrive. These six leased buses are limited to TASS specials. They do not have fareboxes, radios or rollsigns/destination signs. They only have cards reading what TASS route they are on. five of the six are non accessible and only one is. They do not have the current Peterborough Transit livery or proper numbering system as they are only a short term lease. The new low floors are supposed to be delivered in September or October.[citation needed]

Criticisms[edit]

Many Peterborough Transit riders have criticized buses for being repeatedly late. Since 2005, Peterborough Transit has been slowly implementing changes to improve bus schedules. In 2006, buses began running every 40 minutes, rather than every 30 minutes, since buses would often run every 35–45 minutes anyway. This way, buses could at least meet their schedules.

Peterborough Transit is also frequently criticized for not having buses run late enough. During weekdays, the last bus departs from the terminal at 10:40, even though many riders need buses until around 1:00 am. Until recently, they were also criticized for not offering Sunday service, a problem that was fixed in 2006.

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