Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Oakville Transit buses will be running on improved routes with more frequent schedules, shorter wait times and better connections to GO trains and Burlington and Mississauga bus routes starting on September 4, 2016.
“Bus service is expanding and wait times are decreasing, demonstrating the town’s commitment to providing a quality, cost-efficient transit service,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Oakville’s new routes and real-time bus tracking technology will make commuting by bus more convenient than ever.”
The changes are part of phase one of a five-year service plan designed to significantly improve the bus riding experience for existing customers while attracting new riders. The service plan is based on a comprehensive review of transit services and programs as well as significant public consultation.
“Research and public feedback helped us determine the routes, destinations and services that matter most to our riders and the community, and we’re very excited to offer an improved transit experience that will get people where they need to go, faster and with less waiting,” said Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit.
Taking the bus to key destinations in Oakville will now be easier. Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus will be served by twice as many routes, while the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will receive an additional route that will take transit customers directly onto the hospital site.
New routes and changes to existing routes will create new connections with Burlington Transit at Appleby GO Station and the GO Transit 407 Park and Ride facility on Dundas west of Walkers Line. There will also be better connections to Mississauga at the Clarkson GO Station and the bus stop at Laird Road and Vega Boulevard.
The service review also identified opportunities to make Transit’s route network more efficient by removing six routes with low ridership – routes 2, 5A, 21, 22, 25 and 32.
“Although some routes will no longer exist, customers will still be able to get to their destination using alternate routes,” explained Cole. “And by reallocating funding and resources to higher demand routes, we’re ensuring transit service remains affordable for riders and taxpayers.”
The Home to Hub Service is another example of cost-effective transit service for the town. Home to Hub uses existing smaller capacity buses to provide early access to transit in the newly developed neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street. Customers who book their trip in advance get picked up at the end of their driveway and taken to the nearest transit hub to complete their trip.
A complete list of service changes along with bus routes and schedules is available on the Oakville Transit website. The website complements the Oakville Transit mobile app which allows users to track their bus in real time, access bus maps, commonly used bus stops and arrival alerts.