Guelph Transit Goes to High-Tech, High-Headaches?
Wednesday, July 11, 20077 Comments
On the eastern entrance of the Loop, six sawtooth-style bus bays will house exclusively Guelph Transit buses. Added bus shelters and lighting with make the space more accessible and well-lit at night. On the western exit of the loop, three or four bus bays will house Greyhound and GO Transit buses, which are scheduled to start running in August, in addition to a massive heated bus shelter.
Once the construction of the Loop is finished, cars will not be allowed inside the loop with the exception of security and emergency vehicles. At the western corner of South Ring Road and the UC Loop there will be an improved pick-up and drop-off space that will ease the traffic strain on the loop. The parking lot that was once in the middle of the UC Loop will be torn up and returned to green space.
One reason for the elimination of this parking lot is for safety issues. It will decrease the amount of pedestrian traffic that crosses the UC Loop and as always, everyone is discouraged from going onto the inner green area of the loop for the same safety reasons.
A new parking lot with a number of wheelchair accessible parking spaces will be installed on the west side of the UC, and the entrance closest to the new lot will be made accessible, including a ramp and automatic doors.
Off-campus, students will notice new bus signs appearing all over the city. This is a new project undertaken by Guelph Transit to improve the scheduling of the busses in the city. Each bus stop will show a phone number you can call and an ID number for that particular stop and you will receive real-time updates for when the next bus will arrive at your stop. As well, you can go online to www.NextBus.com where you can see a real-time GPS map of your bus route, select a stop that is close to your house, and see when the next bus will be arriving.
While this system has many advantages, it does not come without its' hurdles. Is it a free call? What if you don't have a cellphone, or a computer that has internet access? Why not leave the numbers on the signs, and include the number for more specific information? To be honest, I don't have the answers to these questions, at least not the one that you may be looking for. I am working with Guelph Transit and making sure they that are aware of the students' concerns.
If you have any questions or comments concerning the Loop construction, or the new NextBus system, please do not hesitate to contact me as . Enjoy the rest of your summer!