Grand River Transit

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Grand River Transit
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Wheelchair-accessible low-floor buses such as this Nova LFS now form the majority of the GRT fleet. The bus is also equipped with a bicycle rack on the front grille
Founded 2000
Headquarters 250 Strasburg Rd., Kitchener, ON
Service area Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, St. Jacobs, Elmira
Service type Bus service, Paratransit
Fleet 259 buses[1]
Daily ridership 40,000, (69,000 Weekday)[1]
Fuel type Diesel Fuel
Operator Region of Waterloo
Website www.grt.ca

Grand River Transit, or GRT, is the public transport operator for the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It operates daily bus services in the region, primarily in the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

It was named for the Grand River, which flows through the Region; the naming also echoes the Grand River Railway, a former electric railway which served the area in the early twentieth century. GRT is a member of the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

Overview[edit]

On January 1, 2000, the Region of Waterloo created GRT by assuming the operations of the former Kitchener Transit (which also served Waterloo) and Cambridge Transit from these cities. By the end of that year, operations had been fully synchronized and buses began running between Cambridge and Kitchener; as a result, ridership in Cambridge improved dramatically,and there have been increases in service, including Sundays and late evenings Monday-Saturday.

In recent years, many new low-floor, wheelchair-accessible buses have been purchased, principally from Nova Bus, Orion, and New Flyer, and these now constitute the majority of the fleet. Most operating buses are less than twenty years old, though a few older buses are used primarily for high-school special runs. GRT has installed bicycle racks on the front of its buses in order to encourage the use of sustainable transport; all standard and express buses now have these racks.

Service to less dense areas is provided by the busPLUS system, large vans which take regular fares on scheduled routes to new neighbourhoods and more remote facilities; if ridership is sufficiently high, these services can later be replaced with regular buses, as happened with the 71 Melran route in Cambridge.

GRT also operates MobilityPLUS, which provides specialized transit for disabled patrons using minibuses equipped with wheelchair lifts.

The GRT fleet consists entirely of motor-buses. Kitchener Transit operated trolleybuses earlier in its history, but they were withdrawn from service during the 1970s, well before the systems were merged. GRT has continued operating 23 compressed natural gas-driven buses inherited from Kitchener Transit but has not expanded this fleet; these buses are to be retired before the end of 2009. Until the 1950s, the area was served by electric passenger and freight trains run by the Grand River Railway, which even earlier in the 20th century had run streetcars on city streets before the separated railway lines were built.

Effective September 1, 2007, all undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo purchase a non-refundable 4-month U-Pass in their tuition for less than a quarter of the equivalent adult monthly pass.[2]

On February 14, 2008, the members of Canadian Auto Workers 4304, which represents GRT employees, planned to go on strike.[3] However a tentative agreement was reached before the deadline of 12:01 am and the strike was averted.[4]

History[edit]

Public transit in the Grand River area began with private operators and slowly gave way to municipal run service. Interurban and streetcar service were the earlier modes and by the mid 20th century bus transit became the norm.

Kitchener-Waterloo[edit]

  • Berlin Gas Company 1888-1894 horsecar
  • Berlin Street Railway 1894-1906 - electric car
  • Berlin and Bridgeport Railway Company 1904-1906
  • Berlin Public Utilities Commission 1906-1916
  • Kitchener Public Utilities Commission 1916-1973; operated streetcars, buses and trolley cars
  • Kitchener Transit 1973-2000
  • Grand River Transit 2000–present

Cambridge[edit]

Public transit was provided to Galt and Preston before Cambridge was formed.

  • Grand River Railway Company 1919-1957; bus and interurban electric service
  • Galt, Preston City and Suburban Transit Co. 1921-1929; transit bus service
  • Dominion Power and Transmission Company 1929-?; transit and interurban bus service
  • Canada Coach Lines 1950-1962; transit bus service
  • Galt Public Service Commission 1962-1973; transit bus service
  • Cambridge Transit 1973-2000; transit bus service

Elmira[edit]

Elmira had bus service to Kitchener that ended in 1997. Route 21 now travels to Elmira from Conestoga Mall in north Waterloo. Riders can then transfer to another bus to get to Kitchener.

  • Elmira-Kitchener Bus Lines 1922-1929
  • Lishman Coach Lines Limited 1929-1979
  • United Trails Incorporated 1975-1997


New Hamburg[edit]

Starting April 25, 2016, Grand River Transit will start operating route 77 which connects The Boardwalk and the Wilmot Township (Petersburg, Baden and New Hamburg) during the AM and PM peak periods. This new route will be a BusPlus route and because of the length of the route, route 77 will operate every 75 minutes. GRT is using Voyager Transportation Services to operate the new route.

Grand River area also had interurban railway service from 1894 to 1955 by various operators.

iXpress[edit]

Main article: iXpress
An iXpress bus

The iXpress bus rapid transit operated by GRT consists of four routes along main corridors in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. The older route, Route 200 (then known solely as the iXpress without a route number), was launched in September 2005, and runs from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo and Ainslie St. Transit Terminal in Cambridge primarily along King Street in Kitchener and Waterloo and Hespeler Road in Cambridge. The second route, route 201, runs from Forest Glen Terminal in Kitchener to Conestoga Mall in Waterloo, primarily along Fischer-Hallman Road in both cities. The third, route 202, runs in a crosstown fashion through Waterloo, primarily along University Avenue, between the Boardwalk shopping centre and Conestoga Mall. The fourth iXpress route, route 203, opened on April 28, 2014. It runs from Cambridge Centre to Sportsworld Terminal. An extension of the 203 to Conestoga College is made during the AM and PM peak periods when classes are in session. The fifth iXpress route, route 204, which began service September 2015. The 204 iXpress runs from Ottawa and Lackner to the Boardwalk via Victoria Street, Highland Road, Ira Needles Boulevard and Downtown Kitchener. Route 204 operates every 15 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes during the evening and weekends.

Future expansion[edit]

Grand River Transit has purchased six diesel-hybrid buses which began service in late August 2008.[5] To get the best use of their powertrain, these buses run on routes like Route 7 Mainline, which have frequent stops and heavy usage.[citation needed]

Rapid transit[edit]

Main article: Ion rapid transit

The Region of Waterloo is preparing for the implementation of rapid transit in the area, under the brand name ION, which would boost more compact urban growth along the main corridor. A light rail line is expected to run from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park in Kitchener, and a bus rapid transit line from Fairview Park in Kitchener to Ainslie Street Terminal in Cambridge.[6]

Fares[edit]

Buses accept cash fares and paper tickets; transfers are available for 90 minutes of travel following payment of a single-use fare. Monthly passes consist of a card purchased for service for a calendar month, accompanied by a photo ID card. Specialized passes for corporate or school purposes will generally consist of a limited-time photo card.

A new system using an electronic fare card, to be called the EasyGO Fare Card,[7] is set to be introduced in 2016, in anticipation of the Ion light rail launch.

Conventional transit fares[edit]

Grand River Transit Fare Change effective Friday, July 1, 2016, as approved by Regional Council.[8]

Category Cost Comments
Cash Fares $3.25 Children under 4 and under ride free to a maximum of 3 children per paying adult customer
Adult Tickets $13.30 (for 5) Sold in strips of 5
Reduced Tickets $11.55 (for 5) Sold in strips of 5, available for seniors, elementary and high school students
Adult Monthly Pass $82.00 Valid for adults, college students and university students, with GRT photo ID
Reduced Monthly Pass $70.00 Valid for seniors, elementary and high school students, with GRT photo ID
Corporate Pass $69.70 Payroll deduction for employees of participating employers
College Pass $280.00 Valid for 4-month term
Conestoga College Pass $218.00 Valid for 4-month term
Student SunONE Summer Pass $118.00 Valid July and August for elementary and high school students
U-Pass $85.20 Cost deducted for each semester directly through tuition paid by university students at the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University
Day Pass $7.75 Valid for 1 customer for regular weekday and Saturday service; valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children, or 1 adult and up to 4 children on Sundays and Statutory holidays
T.R.I.P. Pass $42.00 Transit for Reduced Income Program
GRT Photo ID Card $5.00 Photo ID Card required for buying tickets and passes

MobilityPLUS urban area fares[edit]

Item Cost (CAD) Comments
Cash Fare & Ticket Price 2.50 Permanent registered MobilityPLUS users ride conventional transit for free

MobilityPLUS rural township area fares[edit]

Item Cost (CAD) Comments
Within Township 2.50 --
First Boundary Crossed 4.75 --
Secondary Boundary Crossed 7.00 --

Routes[edit]

Route listing effective September 7, 2015.[9] All standard routes are marked with Handicapped/disabled access and operated with low-floor, wheelchair-accessible buses. BusPLUS routes are not accessible.

Cross-service area routes[edit]

Route Handicapped/disabled access Service Limitations Terminals Major Destinations Notes
52 Fairview Park Mall - Ainslie Street Terminal Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Fairview Park Mall
Ainslie Street Terminal
Freeport Health Centre, SportsWorld Crossing, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Alternating weekday trips between Cherry Blossom Road loop and Preston Parkway loop. All weekend trips travel along Preston Parkway loop.
61 Conestoga College - Cambridge Centre Handicapped/disabled access Weekday service only Cambridge Centre
Conestoga College Main Campus
Conestoga College Cambridge Campus
72 Cherry Blossom BusPLUS Weekday rush hour service only SportsWorld Crossing
Cambridge Business Park.
One trip per day in each direction extends to Research in Motion plant.
111 Ainslie Street-Conestoga College Express Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Ainslie Street Terminal
Conestoga College Main Campus
Conestoga College Cambridge Campus Service runs September to April, except for the Christmas schedule period.
200 iXpress Conestoga Mall - Ainslie Terminal Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall Terminal
Ainslie Street Terminal
Waterloo Research & Technology Park, University of Waterloo, Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo Town Square, Grand River Hospital, Charles Street Terminal, Fairview Park Mall, SmartCentre Cambridge, Cambridge Centre Bus rapid transit service.

Kitchener-Waterloo service area[edit]

Route Handicapped/disabled access Service Limitations Terminals Major Destinations Notes
1 Queen-River Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) The Boardwalk Terminal
Fairview Park Mall
Charles Street Terminal
Stanley Park Mall
The Boardwalk, Highland Market Place, Driftwood Centre, Highland Hills Mall (board on Queen Street), Charles St. Terminal, Krug Street Plaza, Stanley Park Mall, Fairview Park Mall
2 Forest Heights Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Charles Street Terminal
Highland Hills Mall
Driftwood Centre Forest Hill Shopping Centre, Highland Hills Mall (Board at Fischer-Hallman and Queens)
3 Ottawa South Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Forest Glen Plaza
Laurentian Centre
4 Glasgow Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Charles Street Terminal
The Boardwalk Terminal
Grand River Hospital
5 Erb Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Bridgeport
The Boardwalk Terminal
Westmount Plaza, Westside Marketplace, Waterloo Town Square, Bridgeport Plaza, Bluevale Collegiate Institute Sunday trips terminate at Uptown Waterloo
6 Bridge Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Conestoga Mall Terminal
University Downs Plaza, Kitchener GO Rail Station Some evening trips interline with Route 31 'Columbia' at Conestoga Mall
7A Fairview via Connaught Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Fairview Park Mall.
Cameroon Heights Collegiate Institute Arrives at Fairview Park Mall via Fourth and Connaught. Typically, buses return to Downtown Kitchener as Route 7B.
7B Fairview via Weber Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Fairview Park Mall
Cameroon Heights Collegiate Institute Arrives at Fairview Park Mall via Weber and Fairway. During the daytime on weekdays and Saturdays, buses return to Downtown Kitchener as Route 7A. On Monday through Saturday evenings and on all Sunday and holiday runs, they return as Route 7F.
7C Conestoga Mall via King Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Conestoga Park Mall.
Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Grand River Hospital, Waterloo Town Square, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, St. Davids Catholic Secondary School Limited service to Regina Street loop.
7D University of Waterloo via University Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
University of Waterloo
Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Grand River Hospital, Waterloo Town Square, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, St. Davids Catholic Secondary School Arrives at University of Waterloo via University Avenue. Typically, buses return to Downtown Kitchener as Route 7, or Fairview Park Terminal as Route 7A, 7B, or 7F.
7E University of Waterloo via Columbia Handicapped/disabled access No Evening, Sunday/Holiday service Charles Street Terminal
University of Waterloo
Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Grand River Hospital, Waterloo Towns Square, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, St. Davids Catholic Secondary School Arrives at University of Waterloo via Columbia Street. Typically, buses return to Downtown Kitchener as Route 7, or Fairview Park Terminal as Route 7A, 7B, or 7F.
7F Fairview via Wilson Handicapped/disabled access No Evening Sunday/Holiday service Charles Street Terminal
Fairview Park Mall.
Cameroon Heights Collegiate Institute Arrives at Fairview Park Mall via Fourth and Wilson. During the daytime on weekdays and Saturdays, buses return to Downtown Kitchener as Route 7F. On Monday through Saturday evenings and on all Sunday and holiday runs, they return as Route 7B.
91 Late Night Loop Handicapped/disabled access No Monday-Wednesday OR Sunday/holiday service Charles Street Terminal
University of Waterloo
Grand River Hospital, Waterloo Town Square, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo Research & Technology Park. Information on this route is found in Route 7 schedules; Route 91 is not shown on the destination signs. Service provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 1230 am to 2 am from September to June. This route is marketed towards university frequenting bars in Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo; it serves residences at both universities, as well as the Lakeshore neighbourhood, which contains the majority of private off-campus student housing.
8 University via Weber Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) University and King
Charles Street Terminal
8 University via Westmount Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
University and King
Westmount Plaza, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University
8 Fairview via Courtland Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Fairview Mall
Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Laurier
8 Fairview via Franklin Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Fairview Mall
Charles Street Terminal
Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Laurier Evening and Sunday service travels via East Avenue instead of via Weber Street between Ottawa Street and Frederick Street.
9 Lakeshore Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall
University of Waterloo
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute At University of Waterloo, buses change to route 13 Laurelwood, except when Route 13 does not operate; at these times (weekday late night and weekend evenings), buses short-turn at University and King. Limited service extension to Elmira Poultry plant.
10 Conestoga College Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Fairview Park Mall
Conestoga College Main Campus
Evenings, weekends, and holidays service extends to Bechtel Drive loop and Conestoga College residences quarter.
11 Country Hills Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Charles Street Terminal
Forest Glen Plaza
Sunday and holidays service travels along Ottawa Street and Strasburg Road instead of Alpine Road.
12 Conestoga Mall - Fairview Park Mall Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall
Fairview Park Mall
Forest Glen Plaza, Westmount Plaza, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, University Downs Plaza Due to the total length of Route 12 and varying service demands over different sections of the route, various short-turns are used. Short-turns are performed at: Forest Glen Plaza, the University of Waterloo, University and King, and University at Lincoln.
13 Laurelwood Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) University of Waterloo
The Boardwalk Terminal
Columbia Plaza, Laurelwood Plaza, Sir John A MacDonald Secondary School At University of Waterloo, buses change to Route 9 Lakeshore.
14 Waterloo Industrial Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Conestoga Mall
Waterloo Industrial Park
16 Forest Glen Handicapped/disabled access Weekday service only Conestoga College Main Campus
Forest Glen Plaza
Midday service extends to Blehn and Kilkerran from September to April. No Summer Service on Kilkerran extension.
20 Victoria-Frederick Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) The Boardwalk
Stanley Park Mall
Frederick Street Mall
Kitchener GO Rail Station Though serving Downtown Kitchener this route does not enter the Charles Street Terminal. Connections are available to many other routes serving the Terminal.
21 Elmira Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/Holiday service Conestoga Mall
Church and Maple
Waterloo Factory Outlet Mall Only main route that travels outside the boundaries of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. Serves the Woolwich Township communities of St. Jacobs and Elmira.
22 Laurentian West Handicapped/disabled access Sunday/Holiday service west of Forest Glen only Highland Hills Mall
Charles Street Terminal
Laurentian Centre, Forest Glen Plaza On Sundays and holidays, interlines at Forest Glen with 11 Country Hills
23 Idlewood Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/Holiday service Fairview Park Mall
Stanley Park Mall
Fairview Park, River Road Plaza, Lackner Woods Plaza (Fairway/Lackner), Lackner Plaza (Ottawa/Lackner), Stanley Park Mall
27 Chicopee Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Fairview Park Mall
Quinte and Morrison
29 Keats Way Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) The Boardwalk Terminal
University and King
Westside Marketplace, University of Waterloo, Waterloo Collegiate Institute Some weekday trips short turn at Fischer-Hallman and Keats Way
31 Columbia Handicapped/disabled access Weekday service only Clair Hills
Conestoga Mall Terminal
St. Davids Catholic Secondary School, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, University of Waterloo, R&T Park, Columbia Plaza Some evening trips interline with the Route 6 'Bridge' at Conestoga Mall
33 Huron Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Forest Glen Plaza Two round trips per day bypass Strasburg Road and extend to Groff Place.
34 Bingemans Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Charles Street Terminal Bingemans
76 Doon South BusPlus Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Conestoga College Doon
Pioneer Plaza
Route 76 services the Doon South neighbourhood connecting the Pioneer Plaza and Conestoga College Doon Campus.
Route 77 Wilmot BusPlus Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only The Boardwalk
Castle Kilbride
No Frills Store
Service connects The Boardwalk Petersburg, Baden and New Hamburg during the weekday AM and PM peak periods.
52 Fairview Park Mall - Ainslie Street Terminal Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Fairview Park Mall
Ainslie Street Terminal
Freeport Health Centre, SportsWorld Crossing, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Alternating weekday trips between Cherry Blossom Road loop and Preston Parkway loop. All weekend trips travel along Preston Parkway loop.
61 Conestoga College - Cambridge Centre Handicapped/disabled access Weekday service only Cambridge Centre
Conestoga College Main Campus
Conestoga College Cambridge Campus
72 Cherry Blossom BusPLUS Weekday rush hour service only SportsWorld Crossing
Cambridge Business Park.
One trip per day in each direction extends to Research in Motion plant.
73 Northlake BusPLUS Weekday rush hour service only McCormick Community Centre
Lake Louise and Conservation
92 University Loop Handicapped/disabled access Weekday Rush-Hour Service Only Loops Around the University of Waterloo in Both Directions Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Wilfred Laurier University, R&T Park, Columbia Plaza, Erb St. Plaza, Amos Plaza, Westmount Plaza, University of Waterloo Service runs September to April, except for Christmas schedule period.
110 Fairview Park Mall-Conestoga College Express Handicapped/disabled access No Saturday, Sunday or holiday service Fairview Park Mall
Conestoga College Main Campus
Service runs September to April, except for the Christmas schedule period. Morning trips from Conestoga College to Fairview Park and afternoon trips from Fairview Park to Conestoga College service Pioneer Park Plaza.
111 Ainslie Street-Conestoga College Express Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Ainslie Street Terminal
Conestoga College Main Campus
Conestoga College Cambridge Campus Service runs September to April, except for the Christmas schedule period.
116 Forest Glen-Conestoga College Express Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush-hour service only Forest Glen Plaza
Conestoga College Main Campus
Service runs September to April, except for the Christmas schedule period.
200 iXpress Conestoga Mall - Ainslie Terminal Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall Terminal
Ainslie Street Terminal
Waterloo Research & Technology Park, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo Town Square, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Charles Street Terminal, Fairview Park Mall, Sportsworld Crossin, SmartCentre Cambridge, Cambridge Centre Bus rapid transit service.
201 iXpress Conestoga Mall - Forest Glen Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall Terminal
Forest Glen Terminal
St. Davids Catholic Secondary School, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, University of Waterloo, Highland Hills Mall Bus rapid transit service.
202 iXpress Conestoga Mall - The Boardwalk Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall Terminal
The Boardwalk Terminal
Erb Street Plaza, Amos Plaza, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, University Downs Plaza, RIM Park Bus rapid transit service.
203 iXpress Cambridge Centre/Sportsworld Crossing - Conestoga College Handicapped/disabled access Monday to Friday Service. Cambridge Centre Terminal
Sportsworld Crossing
Conestoga College
L.G. Lovell Industrial Park, Fisher Mills, Cambridge Industrial Park AM and PM peak period service to Conestoga College during the Fall and Winter terms only.
204 iXpress Highland/Victoria Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) The Boardwalk Terminal
Ottawa at Lackner
Charles Street Terminal, Kitchener GO Rail Station Bus rapid transit service

Cambridge service area[edit]

Route Handicapped/disabled access Service Limitations Terminals Major Destinations Notes
51 Hespeler Road Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Ainslie Street Terminal
Hespeler Street Terminal
Cambridge Centre Terminal, SmartCentre Cambridge Route 51 was modified into 51A Hespeler Rd. to Fischer Mills 51B Hespeler Rd. Melran. Some trips short turn at Cambridge Centre Terminal.
52 Fairview Park Mall - Ainslie Street Terminal Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Fairview Park Mall
Ainslie Street Terminal
Freeport Health Centre, SportsWorld Crossing, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Alternating weekday trips between Cherry Blossom Road loop and Preston Parkway loop. All weekend trips travel along Preston Parkway loop.
53 Franklin Handicapped/disabled access No Weekend /holiday service Ainslie Street Terminal
Cambridge Centre Terminal
South Cambridge Shopping Centre
54 Lisbon Pines Handicapped/disabled access Service 7 days a week Ainslie Street Terminal
Champlain and Christopher
South Cambridge Shopping Centre At the Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 58 Elmwood.
55 St. Andrews Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Ainslie Street Terminal
Grand Ridge and Oak Hill
Southworks Mall, Westgate Centre Sunday service extends along Grand Avenue and Main Street. At the Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 59 Christopher.
56 Dunbar Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Cambridge Centre Terminal
Westminster and King
At Cambridge Centre Terminal, buses change to Route 67 Lovell Industrial during the weekday peak periods and changes into route 60 Northview Acres on Weekends.
57 Blair Road Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Ainslie Street Terminal
Blair and Bismark
Westgate Centre At Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 54 Lisbon Pines on Saturday.
58 Elmwood Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Ainslie Street Terminal
Elgin and Avenue
At Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 62 Woodside.
59 Christopher Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Ainslie Street Terminal
Champlain and Elgin
At Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 63 Champlain. Sunday and holiday trips do not serve Edgemere Drive loop; these trips instead extend to South Cambridge Shopping Centre
60 Northview Acres Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Cambridge Centre Terminal
Saginaw and Burnett
Northview Plaza At Cambridge Centre Terminal, buses change to Route 203 iXpress during the week and route 64 Langs on Saturdays. On Sundays route 60 and route 56 Dunbar interline.
61 Conestoga College - Cambridge Centre Handicapped/disabled access Weekday service only Cambridge Centre
Conestoga College Main Campus
Conestoga College Cambridge Campus
62 Woodside Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Ainslie Street Terminal
Cedar and Woodside
Westgate Plaza At Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 58 Elmwood.
63 Champlain Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Ainslie Street Terminal
Champlain and Christopher
South Cambridge Shopping Centre At Ainslie Street Terminal, buses change to Route 55 St. Andrews.
64 Langs Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Cambridge Centre Terminal
Rose and Lowther
At Cambridge Centre, buses change to Route 56 Dunbar.
67 Lovell Industrial Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Cambridge Centre Terminal
Lovell Industrial Park
One round trip per day extends to SmartCentre Cambridge.
71 Melran Handicapped/disabled access No Sunday/holiday service Hespeler Street Terminal
Ellis and Kerwood
Evening, Sunday, and holiday service travels directly to Ellis and Kerwood via Winston Churchill Boulevard; these trips bypass the Franklin Boulevard, Cooper Street, and Queen Street service areas.
72 Cherry Blossom BusPLUS Weekday rush hour service only SportsWorld Crossing
Cambridge Business Park.
One trip per day in each direction extends to Research in Motion plant.
75 Saginaw Handicapped/disabled access Weekday regular service Cambridge Centre Terminal
Townline and Coulthard
111 Ainslie Street-Conestoga College Express Handicapped/disabled access Weekday rush hour service only Ainslie Street Terminal
Conestoga College Main Campus
Conestoga College Cambridge Campus Service runs September to April, except for the Christmas schedule period.
200 iXpress Conestoga Mall - Ainslie Terminal Handicapped/disabled access (Service every day) Conestoga Mall Terminal
Ainslie Street Terminal
Waterloo Research & Technology Park, University of Waterloo, Laurier University, Waterloo Town Square, Grand River Hospital, Charles Street Terminal, Fairview Park Mall, SmartCentre Cambridge, Cambridge Centre Bus rapid transit service.
203 Conestoga College-Cambridge Centre iXpress Handicapped/disabled access (Service everyday) Conestoga College
Cambridge Centre Terminal
Cambridge Centre
Sportsworld Crossing
Conestoga College Doon Campus and Cambridge Campus
Service to Conestoga College operates from September to April ONLY during peak periods. Bus rapid transit service.

Numbering notes[edit]

Route 8 is so numbered because its travelled route forms a rough figure 8 through Kitchener and Waterloo, with the Charles Street terminal as the central point.

Many routes in the Kitchener-Waterloo area had their numbering split in the early 2000s as interlining was handled differently, to allow more flexibility. The separated sections usually had major route or schedule changes at the time. Routes split were:

Route before splitting Year of split Routes after splitting
  • 1 Stanley Park - Queen South
  • 2003
  • 1 Stanley Park
  • 25 Queen South

(Combined again in 2015 as 1 Queen-River)

  • 2 Forest Hill - Glencairn
  • 2004
  • 2 Forest Heights
  • 22 Laurentian West
  • 3 Ottawa South - Idlewood
  • 2004
  • 3 Ottawa South
  • 23 Idlewood (23 later disconnected from Downtown service in 2015)
  • 5 Erb West - Lancaster - Eastbridge
  • 2007
  • 5 Erb West
  • 35 Eastbridge

(Combined again in 2012 as 5 Erb)

  • 10 Conestoga College - Chicopee
  • 2003
  • 10 Conestoga College
  • 27 Chicopee
  • 110 Conestoga College Express
  • 11 Country Hills - Victoria Hills
  • 2002
  • 11 Country Hills
  • 20 Victoria-Frederick
  • 15 Forest Heights West - Frederick
  • 2003
  • 15 Frederick
  • 24 Highland

(Combined again in 2015 as reworked iXpress 204)

Many Cambridge-area routes are based on their former Cambridge Transit numbers, with 50 added to the number. Thus, the 51 is the former Cambridge Route 1, and the 52 is the former Route 2 Coronation which was extended from Preston Parkway into south Kitchener by merging it with the former Kitchener Transit Route 20 Sportsworld/Gateway Park. (The route number 20 has since been reused in Victoria Hills); Cambridge Route 14 became 56, 17 became 60, and since 2000, additional routes have been numbered in the 60s.

Numbers above 100 are reserved for express-level service. Those in the 100s operate under standard branding (and, currently, all serve Conestoga College); the 200s operate under the iXpress branding.

During the Kitchener Transit - Cambridge Transit merger, many short-lived, experimental, or interim routes existed. One was the route 20 Sportsworld/Gateway Park, which was later merged with Cambridge Transit route 2 Coronation to form the route 52. At one point, a very short-lived route 61 existed as a satellite route operating from Highland Hills Mall. Soon after, this route was changed to a long-since forgotten route: route 41 Laurentian West - Highland West BusPLUS. This route did not last long, and its service area was later covered by routes 19, 20, and 22. Route 21 St. Jacobs started by running to St. Jacobs Market from Conestoga Mall via Northfield Drive and Weber Street.

School specials[edit]

GRT also provides school specials to most secondary schools in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge areas. The purpose of these routes is to help alleviate overcrowding problems on regular GRT routes, and supplement regular GRT routes by adding extra and/or short turn trips. The main function of many of the specials is to provide services between schools and neighbourhoods where limited or no regular service is available, or where multiple time-consuming transfers would be required. These specials usually operate on completely or partially different routings than regular GRT routes. Any other school bus services are yellow school bus services.

Bus fleet[edit]

Grand River Transit has a fleet of 259 buses and an additional 30 MobilityPLUS vehicles in their fleet.[10]

Facilities[edit]

Charles Street Terminal, the main K-W station

Major transit terminals are operated and staffed in both Downtown Kitchener (Charles Street Terminal) - (Routes 1,2,3,4,6,7A,7B,7C,7D,7E,7F,8,11,15,18,22,200,204) and the Ainslie St. Transit Terminal at Galt City Centre in Cambridge - (Routes 51,52,53,54,55,57,58,59,62,63,111,200).

Unstaffed off-road satellite terminals are also in place at Waterloo’s Conestoga Mall (Routes 6,7C,9,12,14,21,31,32,200,201,202), The Boardwalk (Routes 1,4,5,13,20,29,77,202,204), Kitchener’s Fairview Park Mall (Routes 1,7A,7B,7F,8,10,12,23,27,52,110,200), Forest Glen Plaza (Routes 3,11,12,16,22,33,116,201), Stanley Park Mall (Routes 1,20,23), Sportsworld (Routes 52,72busPLUS,200,203) and Cambridge Centre (Routes 51,56,60,61,64,67,75, 200, 203 iXpress Sportsworld).

Other significant transfer points include King Street/University Avenue (Routes 7C,7D,7E,8,9,12,200,202), Waterloo Collegiate Institute (Routes 7A,7B,7C,7D,7E,7F,8,9,12,29,31,91,92,200,201,202) the University of Waterloo (Routes 7D,7E,8,9,12,13,29,31,200,201,202), Uptown Waterloo (Routes 5,7C,7D,7E,200), Holiday Inn Drive/Hespeler (Routes 51,53,65,66,71), Conestoga College-Doon Campus (Routes 10,16,61,110,111,116) and the Preston Towne Centre (Routes 52,56,61,64).

Grand River Transit has two garages:

  • Strasburg Road Transit Operations Centre / North Division at 250 Strasburg Road - indoor garage built in 1976 stores 167 buses in the Kitchener-Waterloo fleet, and all central operations and GRT headquarters (across from the Laurentian Power Centre)
  • Conestoga Boulevard Transit Operations Centre / South Division at 460 Conestoga Boulevard - 64 bus garage for Cambridge fleet (behind the Cambridge Centre).

A third garage site is planned on Northfield Drive in Waterloo.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.grt.ca/en/newslist/index.aspx?corpId=wz5lA5H3lWePGxxCBEXdLQgpHQeQuAleQuAl&newsId=APrEZzldcQD7Ve8GouxmFweQuAleQuAl
  2. ^ "University of Waterloo students get onboard with UPASS" (Press release). Region of Waterloo. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Bus service threatened by dispute with drivers". Waterloo Region Record. 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Tentative agreement reached on Grand River Transit contract". Waterloo Region Record. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  5. ^ "Green transportation initiatives can fast run out of gas". Waterloo Region Record. 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Region's $790M rapid-transit proposal". Waterloo Region Record. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Future Electronic Fare Card Named EasyGO". Grand River Transit. Region of Waterloo. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.grt.ca/en/fares/FarePrices.asp?_mid_=29230. Retrieved June 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Bus Schedules". Grand River Transit. Region of Waterloo. 7 September 2015. Retrieved September 2015. 
  10. ^ GRT Fast Facts
  11. ^ Desmond, Paige (Jul 2, 2014). "Region to spend $73M for new Grand River Transit garage". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Grand River Transit at Wikimedia Commons