Bob Bell

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Councillor Bell's position on the current state of Transit:

Transit continues to be a challenge in the city of Guelph. The new 99 route is reducing travel times but a east west route in the north end of the city is needed, Councillor Bell will continue to advocate for route optimization which will involve the dropping of poorly performing routes in favour of the creation of newer better ones. The process is called continous improvement and it needs to be applied to Transit Services.

Councillor Bell's position in 2014 Transit:

The lack of washrooms, heated space, and lunch rooms are now evident with the demands of the transit drivers during this recent labour disruption. Our transit routes continue to fall short of the need to take residents to and from work. Ridership is dropping and transit services will be almost $2M over budget 2014. We need to make improvements.

Councillor Bell's position in 2010 of Transit:

With the rush to access Provincial and Federal funding through the ISF Program many important attributes (heated areas, lunch room, washrooms, greenspace) of the transit hub were omitted and the business issues concerning the closure of Carden St. were ignored. With the announcement of a 7 month ISF funding deadline extention, Councillor Bell continued his efforts to include this attributes through motions to reconsider the design. At no time would the ISF funding have been at risk

Too see his motions to rectify issue in 2010


"Hub Design"

"Bus Bay Reduction Methods"

Guelph Mercury Articles:

October 2009

Preliminary route design is nearing completion, committee being formed to comment on proposal

June 2008

Council approves $250,000 to develop new routes and intercity transit initiatives.

For the same old transit routes click here:


February 2008

City Council has approved an increase in the frequency of service to twenty minutes from 7.00 am to approximately 7.00pm to beginning in September 2008. There will be no change in the route design.

Express routes will not be included in this new initiative.

Operating costs are expected to rise over 20% while ridership in expected to increase less than 5%

This will probably increase the rate of subsidy to transit to almost 60% which would make our system the most inefficient in the province.

Our old transit routes have remained unchanged for almost 40 years while the city has grown enormously.

Bob believes that the continuous improvement of transit is an important obligation of municipal government.

Improvement means:

Faster travel times for people commuting to work throughout the city, not just downtown or the university.

Bus stop times posted on bus stop signs

Route schedules that are maintainable every day.

Increasing the percentage of people using transit.

Reducing to level of fuel consumed.