GRT has laid out an ambitious plan to build a better, faster transit network over the next five years, centred on ION light rail.

A strong transit network is essential to keep our region moving as our population continues to grow. Investing in transit will help us manage congestion, reduce urban sprawl, and get the most out of our transportation infrastructure.

Key initiatives in GRT's New Directions plan
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  • Seamless connections to ION
    • Bus routes redesigned to connect directly to ION light rail or ION bus stations, so you can transfer seamlessly.
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  • New express routes running on key corridors
    • Fast, direct service between key destinations.
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  • More frequent service on busy routes
    • Leave when you want, without checking the schedule, because there's always a bus coming.
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  • More direct routes supporting a grid network
    • Local routes redesigned for more efficient travel.
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  • Fast and convenient electronic fare payment
    • Tap a smart card on the electronic farebox to pay your fare, and load value on your card right from home.
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  • More comfortable rides, stops and stations
    • New terminals and transit hubs, more shelters and more real-time displays. Plus more frequent service means less crowded buses.
Current and upcoming plans
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Bus at King and Victoria

Bus service changes for ION launch

GRT bus crossing Main Street bridge in Galt

2019 service improvements

Section of 2021 transit map showing UW Station

2021 transit network

Fairway Station driver facility rendering

Fairway Station

Conceptual drawing of proposed University of Waterloo Station

University of Waterloo Station

Map of Sunrise Centre station

Sunrise Centre Station

Buses at Conestoga College

Conestoga College Station

Section of map showing integration of ION and iXpress

Integration of ION and iXpress

Cartoon image of man standing at bus stop with smartphone

Flexible transit options

New 205 shelter on Ottawa street

New 205 Ottawa iXpress

Section of map showing 2017 service improvements

2017 service improvements

Front view of Cambridge Centre Station building

Cambridge Centre Station