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3.1.2

Expand the bus network (Conventional Transit) and begin to integrate it with the future Light Rail Transit System.

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Final update (September 2014)
A redesign of the bus network to integrate with the Light Rail Transit (LRT) System began during the development of the Regional Transportation Master Plan (RTMP), and was approved in June 2010. The comprehensive redesign of the transit network is based on a series of express corridors that connect with rapid transit. The GRT 2011 – 2014 Business Plan, approved February 8, 2012 determined the business requirements necessary to implement key express corridors and local service changes that would integrate the bus network with the approved LRT and aBRT services. In September 2011, the “201 Fischer-Hallman iXpress” was the first express route implemented from the redesign of the network and was subsequently extended to Conestoga Mall in 2013.  In September 2013, the east-west “202 University iXpress” was implemented along with associated local route changes.

The “203 Maple Grove iXpress” was implemented in April 2014 between the Cambridge Centre and Sportsworld, and will be extended to Conestoga College in September 2014. Planning is now underway for the “204 Highland/Victoria iXpress” which, subject to Regional Council approval, would be implemented September 2015.
Planning and design for the integration of conventional bus and LRT was completed in 2013. New or modified bus stops will be constructed with the LRT project, and work continues on key transit passenger facilities including at the University of Waterloo, Fairview Park Mall and Cambridge Centre.

A new GRT Business Plan will be developed in 2015 that will include a review of proposed route designs and priorities for express corridor implementation before completion of the LRT system. Data from the new Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS), will be used to update the redesigned network.

Progress Update (September 2013)

Redesign of the bus network to support the Light Rail Transit (LRT) System began during the development of the Regional Transportation Master Plan, approved in June 2010. The comprehensive redesign of the transit network is based on a series of express corridors that connect with rapid transit. The Grand River Transit (GRT) 2011 – 2014 Business Plan, approved February 8, 2012 determined the business requirements necessary to implement key express corridors and local service changes that would integrate the bus network with the approved LRT and Adapted Bus Rapid Transit (aBRT) service. The first express route resulting from this process, serving the Fischer-Hallman corridor, was implemented in September 2011. In September 2013, the Fischer-Hallman express was extended to Conestoga Mall and a new east-west University express along with associated local route changes were implemented.

Beginning in 2014, a Business Plan will be developed for the 2015 – 2018 period that will include a review of proposed route designs and priorities for express corridor implementation before completion of the LRT system. Data from the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS), expected in 2013, will be used to update the redesigned network.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The comprehensive redesign of the transit network is based on a series of express corridors that connect with rapid transit. The GRT 2011–14 Business Plan, approved February 8, 2012, determined the business requirements necessary to implement key express corridors and local service changes that would integrate the bus network with the approved LRT and aBRT service.

Beginning in 2014, a business plan will be developed for the 2015 – 2018 period that will include a review of proposed route designs and priorities for express corridor implementation before completion of the LRT system. Data from the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS), expected in 2013, will be used to update the redesigned network.

Progress Indicators

  • Achieve annual ridership targets as established in the GRT Business Plan

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)