St. Catharines Transit

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St. Catharines Transit
STC transit logo.png
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Bus 0805, a 2008 New Flyer DE40LFR.
Slogandriving ahead
Founded1961
Headquarters2012 First Street Louth
Service areaSt. Catharines and Thorold, Ontario
Service typeBus service, Paratransit
AllianceNiagara Region Transit
Routes25
StationsDowntown Terminal,
70 Carlisle Street
43°09′35″N 79°14′38″W / 43.15972°N 79.24389°W / 43.15972; -79.24389
Fleet75
Fuel typeDiesel, Diesel-electric hybrid
OperatorSt. Catharines Transit Commission
Websitewww.YourBus.com

St. Catharines Transit (SCT) provides bus service to St. Catharines, Ontario, and the neighbouring city of Thorold. The St. Catharines Transit Commission took over operation of transit services within the city from Canadian National Transportation in 1961.[1]

The Transit Operations Facility opened in 1991 and the Downtown Terminal (within the headquarters building of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation) opened in 1996. The bus terminal is also served by Greyhound and Coach Canada for intercity coach service to Hamilton, London, Toronto, Buffalo, and New York City,[2] with connections to a number of major cities throughout Canada and the United States.

History[edit]

Local public transportation in the area originally consisted of horse drawn cars, subsequently upgraded to electric railway service. Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway Company, founded in 1898, was acquired by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1908 which became Canadian National Railways in 1918 and converted to bus operations after 1931. The portion of this system operating within the City of St. Catharines was transferred to the St. Catharines Transit Commission in 1961, which adopted the current operating name of St. Catharines Transit in 1974.[3]

Services[edit]

Regular routes[edit]

The St. Catharines Transit Commission (SCT) operates most of their routes through Downtown St. Catharines, with routes meeting at the Downtown Bus Terminal. Additional main transfer points also exist at The Pen Centre, Fairview Mall and at Brock University.

The majority of the routes operate weekdays using one numbering scheme, while weekday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays operate with a separate numbering scheme.[4]

Though it may appear confusing at first glance, many routes interline, meaning that they continue to other routes once reaching their terminus. This occurs in at the bus terminal in Downtown St. Catharines, and at both northern and southern terminals.[5]

Daytime Bus Routes[edit]

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  • 301 Hospital (Termini: Downtown / Port Dalhousie)
  • 302 Ontario Street (Termini: Downtown / Lakeshore Road
  • 303 Pelham Road (Termini: Downtown / Smart Centre West St. Catharines).
  • 304 Oakdale Avenue (Termini: Downtown / The Pen Centre)
  • 305 Haig Street (Termini: Linwell @ Geneva / Downtown)
  • 306 Lake Street (Termini: Downtown / Port Dalhousie)
  • 307 Niagara Street (Termini: Downtown / Port Weller).
  • 308 Grantham Avenue (Termini: Downtown / Grantham Lions Park)
  • 309 Geneva Street (Termini: Downtown / Grantham Lions Park)
  • 310 Glenridge Avenue (Termini: Downtown / The Pen Centre)
  • 311 Hartzel Road (Termini: Downtown / St. Davids @ Ormond)
  • 312 Vine Street (Termini: Downtown / Lakeshore Road)
  • 314 Scott Street (Termini: Fairview Mall / Dorchester @ Carlton)
  • 315 West St. Catharines (Termini: Downtown / The Pen Centre)
  • 316 Glenridge Avenue (Termini: Downtown / Brock University)
  • 317 Bunting Road (Termini: Downtown / Linwell @ Sherman)
  • 318 Secord Woods (Termini: Downtown / The Pen Centre)
  • 320 Thorold (Termini: Pen Centre / Thorold Towpath Terminal)
  • 321 Confederation Avenue (Termini: Brock University / Thorold Towpath Terminal)
  • 322 Thorold South (Termini: Thorold Towpath Terminal / Allanburg @ Lynn)
  • 323 West Brock Commuter (Termini: Brock University / Pelham @ Louth)
  • 324 Tupper Drive (Termini: Brock University / Richmond @ Confederation)
  • 328 Brock Towpath Shuttle (Termini: Brock University / Thorold Towpath Terminal)
  • 331 Richmond Street (Termini: Brock University / Richmond @ Confederation)
  • 335 Brock Pen Centre Shuttle (Termini: Brock University / The Pen Centre)
  • 336 Glendale Avenue (Termini: Brock University / The Pen Centre)

Paratransit[edit]

In addition to accessible bus routes, which enable those with reduced mobility to board a 'low floor' transit bus, St. Catharines Transit also provides paratransit services for those who cannot board a regular city bus and accessible bus service is not available.

Brock Hub[edit]

Located at Brock University this is the main interchange for bus travel within the Niagara Region and to points beyond. Connections are provided by St. Catharines, Niagara and Welland Transit Commissions and Coach Canada [6] Centrally located to all the local transit services and adjacent to Hwy 406, the university campus is ideal for this purpose.

Fleet[edit]

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Vehicles currently being used are New Flyer Industries D40LF, DE40LF (diesel-electric hybrid), DE40LFR (diesel-electric hybrid), D60LF, XD40, XD60 (articulated bus), and Nova Bus LFS/LFSA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. Catharines Transit - History
  2. ^ St. Catharines tourism
  3. ^ Transit History of St. Catharines, Ontario
  4. ^ "Routes and Schedules -- St Catharines Transit Commission". St. Catharines Transit Commission. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ St. Catharines Transit Commission website
  6. ^ The Brock Hub

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