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Significant Changes to Burlington Transit Starting Sept. 1


In our continuing effort to build a better transit system for our residents, Burlington Transit will be instituting some significant changes to the transit system, including the introduction of new routes, schedules and frequencies, on Sunday, Sept 1.

As the City of Burlington’s population grows over the next 20 years, these changes will help Burlington move toward a transit system that operates on a grid network, with bus service along the city’s most-travelled roads in an east-west and north-south direction. Establishing a grid network will create a transit network with more frequent and better-connected service to help meet the mobility needs of our community.

Burlington Transit, the City and I would like to thank everyone who shared their input about the changes at the series of open house events that were held in April. With the feedback gathered at these sessions, several revisions were made to the draft routes and schedules, including:

  • Extending the Route 4 bus further into Aldershot;
  • The addition of weekend service to the 407 carpool parking lot on Routes 2 and 3; and
  • Introduction of improved service and more buses on holidays.

In addition to moving towards a grid network, the changes coming on Sept. 1 will include:

  • Moving bus service to the south side of the Burlington GO Station – Buses will operate along, and enter the GO Station, from Fairview Street;
  • Reducing route duplication – Removing routes that cover the same road segments as other routes and routes that operate in only one direction; and
  • Improving frequency of routes – Increasing frequency on routes that travel along major roads.


Designed to help Burlington move toward a transit system that operates on a grid network, with bus service along the city’s most-travelled roads, the changes will:

  • Move bus service to the south side of the Burlington GO Station. Starting Sept. 1, 2019, Routes 2, 6, 10, 12, 50, 51, 52, 80, 81, 87 and 101 will enter and exit the Burlington GO Station from Fairview Street. Route 1 will travel along Fairview Street and stop on Fairview Street, in front of the Burlington GO Station.
  • Introduce and expand weekday, 20-minute service on Route 1, 2, 3, 10, 25, and 15-minute service on Route 11 and 101
  • Reduce route duplication by removing routes that cover the same road segments as other routes and routes that operate in only one direction
  • Increase the frequency on routes that travel along major roads.
  • Discontinue routes with low ridership, including 15, 40, 83, 300, 301 and 302, to improve frequency on grid network routes.

A draft of the schedule changes was shared in April 2019 at a series of open house events. With the feedback gathered at these sessions, several revisions were made to the draft, such as:

  • The extension of the Route 4 bus further into Aldershot
  • The addition of weekend service to the 407-carpool parking lot on Routes 2 and 3
  • The introduction of improved service and more buses on holidays.

For more details on the changes, including to schedules and maps, please visit


These changes that Burlington Transit is implementing are yet another step in our goal to not only making our local transit system better, but a viable and easy-to-use alternative to vehicles.

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6 thoughts on “Significant Changes to Burlington Transit Starting Sept. 1”

  1. Well, Chuck. You make some interesting points. I do chuckle a bit at your notion that eliminating so-called senior “giveaway” transit would actually help anyone. I suggested that myself in Burlington when I was young and paying full price. And my family reminded me that senior rates are reflective of senior incomes, which are always reduced upon retirement, and often by 30-40%, which looks to be the approximate difference between adult and senior fares. If you count seniors on the buses vs full fare adults, and the children who get such a great fare….I hope you won’t need to ride the bus as you age. You may find your budget ideas mellow a bit. Mine sure have. It’s only right, in my opinion, that folks who have paid full fare as adults should get a big break if they must take transit with arthritis, replaced hips and knees, reduced vision, pain from diseases and so on. Yes, my gigantic generation of baby boomers will no doubt continue to be a drag on the economy for years to come. Making our lives more difficult and uncomfortable is no answer for any problem. Let’s all be more creative and considerate of the varied needs of all transit and users of the roads. Good for you for speaking up and being involved.

  2. I don’t understand why Burlington Transit and/or City dismantled previously existing bus shelters along the renovated Maple Avenue. It looks like new sidewalks are done and this is final. It is definitively not an improvement, it is a degradation. It is not incouraging to use public transportation, especially during harsh winter winds or during heavy rain.

    1. Hi Peter,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. I have connected with Burlington Transit and confirmed the shelters were removed as part of the construction on Maple Avenue — the construction work includes the replacement of bus pads below the bus shelters. Because the previous shelters were in poor condition, they will be disposed of and new shelters are being ordered. Those new shelters are expected to be installed once the construction on Maple fully wraps up later this year. Thank you for commenting on the Mayor’s website.

  3. Public transit is essential.
    BUT bus stops are improperly designed in many cases and block traffic. These must be fixed so that when a buss stops cars can safely pass.
    One annoying stop is at Brant and Victoria. A center garden makes the road so narrow that many cars have to stop or use Vaseline to squeeze by.

  4. Why are we back to driving empty out of service buses to Hamilton? Why not have them collect passengers enroute? While the improvements to the route 1 are great, its 20 minutes service won’t connect with other arterial buses that only run every 30 minutes. Sundays/holidays are better, but you’re still rolling up the sidewalks like we’re in some quaint village. No way home from a movie or a 3 to 11 shift. It’s time for Burlington to become a city of grown-ups…this is still suited to kids with curfews. To have hourly service on any route is a joke and essentially makes it unusable. You have to spend money to make money. Most weekend service still starts too late and finishes too early to get youth to and from work and activities. Late Night Service, to live up to its name, should meet the last Go train. Instead of cheaping out on taxes and being proud of it, the city needs to build and maintain itself. A step in the right direction? Yes, but only a half measure. Maybe if we weren’t giving away transit to seniors, we could pay for real service.

    It would be perhaps more convenient for a majority of passengers to run the route 6 to Autumnhill/Driftwood to pick up 407 passengers from the 2/3, rather than diverting the 2/3 to the 407 loop. To save some time, the 6 could stop on Dundas instead of entering the 407 loop, similar to the route 1 on Fairview.

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