Frequency, Frequency, Frequency: Oakville Transit Heard You!

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When Oakville Transit did a study of what existing, occasional and potential riders were looking for the overwhelming response was increased “Frequency”. Oakville Transit management heard your request loud and clear. On September 4, 2016, you’ll see increased frequency across the routes, and a few routes have been removed, but alternatives have been put in place.

The plan includes an average wait time of 7.5 minutes between buses during rush hour to a maximum of 15 minutes, if you arrive just as the bus leaves. Rush hour according to Oakville Transit occurs from 6:00 to 9:00 AM and 3:30 to 7:30 PM during the week.

If you are using Oakville Transit to access GO Transit, buses will now connect to the Clarkson GO as well as the Appleby GO Stations. These changes will provide better connectivity to Mississauga and Burlington Transit. Another access point to Mississauga Transit will be the addition of a stop at Vega and Laird Drive in Mississauga. Currently, Mississauga Transit has 9 different routes connecting at that location.

Oakville Transit Map

Oakville Transit Map outlines all the routes that will be available as of September 4, 2016.

Also something to consider is that Oakville bus schedules are anchored to various arrivals and departures of GO Trains. For example route 11 is anchored by Clarkson GO Train schedules, because the majority of riders using route 11 use the Clarkson GO Station. This is true for every route that is connected to a GO Station.

The new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will be easier to access from Oakville and Bronte GO Stations. From Oakville GO Station you just use route 5 for a one seat ride, and from Bronte GO Station use route 3 for a one seat ride. Route 5 also runs along Dundas to the shops in Burlington, which provides another access point for Burlington Transit.

Route 2 which ran along Lakeshore has been canceled; however, in order to ensure South East Oakville is still well connected Route 11 will provide all day service, and route 14 will comfortably get you to Bronte.

The detail that went into this plan is readily apparent. As an example, planners noted that students who attend Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in River Oaks, but live in Falgarwood, were not taking transit, because they needed to change buses. The transfer added as much as 20 minutes to their ride. So to solve the problem, route 19 now takes students from Falgarwood to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School 20 minutes quicker. These kinds of changes have happened across the system.

Finally, you don’t have to wonder when the next bus will arrive if you go to Oakville Transit’s Bus Finder. Once uploaded, it will tell you where your bus is in real time.

Are the changes perfect? No. There will be riders who will be negatively affected, but the belief is that the new routes will benefit the most people. An additional $1,000,000 has been added to Oakville Transit’s budget to make these changes a reality.

So the next time your teenager is looking for a ride, or you need to get somewhere remember Oakville Transit just became a lot more convenient. These changes are part of a five year plan to improve Oakville Transit, and to make Oakville more liveable.

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Readers Comments (7)

  1. John McLaughlin says:

    Frequency isn’t the problem – ridership and routing are the problems. Now you will have more – nearly empty buses clogging up the roads and indirectly increasing property taxes.

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  2. Laurel grasset says:

    I’m in south east clearview and will miss the 21 and 2 that have been cancelled….
    Not perfect and more difficult to get to downtown
    We lost two of our routes…..

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  3. Fraser Damoff says:

    John I will be honest, I was skeptical of Oakville Transit’s effectiveness until I downloaded the new app which I use weekly to determine where the buses are in relation to my location. It’s a game-changer in my opinion and I think they are on the right track. Also, during rush hour most of the buses I’m on are quite full. I will admit though that I view transportation in Oakville as a three pronged approach (Car, Bus, Bike) and that there is work to do on all three fronts.

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  4. Ron L says:

    They state “The plan includes an average wait time of 7.5 minutes between buses during rush hour to a maximum of 15 minutes”. This is not true. They are changing the #6 Route so that it will only run hourly throughout the day. This will affect a lot of people who have connections in Mississauga. Not to mention that the #26 Falgarwood bus runs most of the time empty. Not a great move by Oakville Transit.

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    • Jo says:

      Agreed. The 6 runs every hour now, even during rush hour. And starts later in the morning. The bus is always ten to twelve minutes late, and ALWAYS misses it connections, specifically with the Mississauga buses 45 and 1. It is my only way to and from work in Mississauga, and it’s over an hour walk to any other (more frequent and earlier routes). Drivers and riders alike feel frustrated and ignored. So many upset people this week having trouble getting to their JOBS.

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  5. justatransitrider says:

    I think what many are not realizing that you now have better options to get places. If you can remember, the old system you had to transfer at a major location such as the GO station or Hopedale -all 10 buses would all pull into the station, all leave together, wait for late buses where a passenger could have transferred at the first or second stop that their bus would be passing by anyways, such a time waster- now you can transfer at any bus stop where there is a connection. As for Mr McLaughlin’s comments, I don’t think he even rides transit, (could be wrong) he is just part of the problem or he sees the empty bus is passing last/first 4 stops at the end/start of the line. If only Metrolinx gave oakville transit the money it cost to build the hideous parking garage and the budget for upkeep, more buses could be out more frequently like they are in Toronto and it would be more incentive for people to use it to the GO to catch their trains or even transfer to another route. The problem with all transit systems in small ‘towns’ they introduce the system to new areas too late, after everyone has moved in and purchased the 4 cars because its truly they see it as the only option. Another issue which I applaud Mr Cole for taking the challenge to fix, is that there was no bus connecting Burlington transit and Oakville Transit on Dundas, a major artery. Now someone who works in mississauga or burlington can catch the 24 and transfer to the 5 at walmart to take them Walkers and Dundas(or reverse) or a resident who lives in river oaks does not have to go south to go east or west and transfer a million times. A student can take the 5 to Sheridan and they live north of Dundas 1 bus! There will be a challenge to get people on the bus but that comes with promotion. Maybe in your next tax bill there should be some good news, 1 free ride on Oakville Transit coupon! Btw. Oakville Transit was one of the first with Presto, which TTC is still behind on, Presto is the way to go, cheaper too!

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    • John McLaughlin says:

      186,000 residents of Oakville – fewer than 10% of them use Oakville Transit regularly. Look at 2016 transit ridership numbers – they are down to date over previous years. My Transit plan will actually involve “transit” from one end of Oakville to another – ridership will grown, costs will decline.

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