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Transit Study

About the Project

The City of Owen Sound undertook a Transit Optimization Review process in 2021 to assess the existing transit service delivery model and identify areas of improvement to optimize the current transit system. This study analyzed and evaluated the City’s existing fixed-route system, including route coverage, route ridership, schedule adherence, and infrastructure perspectives. This process also reviewed similar transit systems, bus stop locations and distances and populations serviced, identify local issues, and data collection and analysis to quantify and qualify system operating characteristics.

Owen Sound Transit Final Report is linked here. 
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F

Outcomes of this study will include potential service models, including, but not limited to:

  • Route model specific to the current and future needs of Owen Sound,
  • Service schedule,
  • Trips per day for each day of the week,
  • Bus fare/pass structure, costs, and discounts,
  • Fixed versus demand service (and a combination of both),
  • Ticket purchasing options,
  • Specifications of the types of buses suitable for Owen Sound,
  • Potential to align with adjacent municipalities in developing an integrated transit system,
  • Possible models to determine effective partnerships with high schools and colleges
  • Installation of transit infrastructure,
  • How best to meet the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements,
  • Selection of bus stop locations considering existing and future infrastructure in Owen Sound,
  • Ridership growth plan, Ridership tracking, and reporting,
  • Performance Metrics

Updated Jan. 2023:

Owen Sound Transit Final Report linked here.

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F

The study commenced in Mid-May and Phase 1 will be completed by the end of September. If approved, the service procurement phase will be completed in October – December.


Owen Sound Transit Study Options Review.pdf


Presentation Links on proposed service options:

Use this link to access a video of the public session explaining the options.

Use this link to access an audio-only version of the same presentation.


Final report is listed above.

Technical report #1 - Existing Services Report  

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If you wish to provide comments or feedback, please email with your full name, email, and address, including your postal code.  Please note that all submissions will form part of the public record and be presented to Council with the Recommendation Report in October 2021.

The study is being led by Dennis Fletcher & Associates, with support from LURA and TraffMobility.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Planning Act and the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, as amended. The information collected will be used to complete the Transit Optimization Review process, and will form part of the public record. 

For more information, please contact Rick Chappell, Supervisor of Environmental Services at 519-376-4440 ext. 1226 or email

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