GRT has five express bus routes that provide frequent, limited-stop service along major corridors in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. The iXpress/ION bus rapid transit routes have shelters with digital signs showing real-time departure information for the next bus. Select stations also have map displays, bike racks and bike lockers.
The 200 iXpress bus uses transit priority signals to move along routes more quickly. These signals detect buses as they approach and either extend the green or shorten the red signal to minimize delays.
The portion of the 200 iXpress between Conestoga Mall and Fairview Mall will be replaced by ION light rail in 2018.
- Route 200 / ION bus rapid transit
Runs between Conestoga Mall in the north end of Waterloo and Ainslie Street Terminal in Cambridge.
- Route 201
Runs between Conestoga Mall in the north end of Waterloo and Forest Glen Terminal in Kitchener.
- Route 202
Runs between Conestoga Mall in the north end of Waterloo and The Boardwalk on the west side of Kitchener.
- Route 203
Runs between Conestoga College Doon campus and Cambridge Centre.
- Route 204
Runs between The Boardwalk on the west side of Kitchener and Ottawa/Lackner of the east side of Kitchener.
ION bus rapid transit
In September 2015, the portion of the route between Ainslie Terminal and Fairview Park Mall became ION bus rapid transit. 200 iXpress buses continue to be used for this portion of the route until newly branded ION buses arrive.
New express routes
GRT has proposed several new express bus routes in the New Directions plan for 2017-21. The route 205 Ottawa iXpress has been approved for implementation in 2018.