Here's some unsurprising news: the new transit routes and schedules are delayed because one of the numerous people who are involved in planning these things didn't notice that there was some mysterious stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement with the transit union saying that the new routes can't go into effect till the new year. Seriously?
Now I'm not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but it really does seem that the City of Guelph doesn't want to improve transit in this town. The new transit hub's been delayed three times, we've had to fight against fare hikes and service cuts, and now the new and improved schedule is delayed on account of a clerical error. Is the city passing the buck? Because I find this press release pretty light on explanations considering that they're reneging on a project's start date with exactly one month to spare.
Anyway, here's the press release. Decide for yourself where the truth lies.
GUELPH, ON, October 6, 2011 – New and improved transit routes and schedules that were slated to begin November 6 as part of Guelph’s Transit Growth Strategy will now start January 1.
“Over the past couple of months, we’ve worked hard at planning and communicating the introduction of new routes and improved service anticipating a start on November 6,” says Michael Anders, General Manager of Guelph Transit and Community Connectivity. “We are ready to implement the changes, but because of collective bargaining agreement obligations, we have to move the implementation date to January 1, 2012.”
Guelph Transit will continue to keep riders and the community informed with respect to the new routes and services, and their start dates.