Guelph is a small city with a small bus system.
Unlike in larger cities where many buses ply the same routes all day with 5-10 minute headways, Guelph can’t afford to do that – there are too few people.
What I initially felt was a bummer — buses every 20-30 minutes at peak times and every hour at other times of day — turned one of the system’s greatest strengths: reliability.
This seems like a major paradox – how can you build a robust transit system by providing less?
Transit planners have a maxim that people won’t adopt public transportation unless its frequent and reliable. In Toronto, it often feels like it’s frequent but not reliable. In Guelph, however, the service may not be frequent, but it is very reliable.
Because the bus comes so infrequently, users are forced to use the schedule to see when their bus is coming. The bus…
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