Transit Route Improvements

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Transit Route Improvements

Over time the transportation needs of our residents have changed. The Transit Advisory Committee, a committee of Council that includes citizens and transit staff, has developed some proposed changes to a number of transit routes to better meet the needs of our riders.  The goals of the proposed changes are to:

  • Enhance service to key destinations, including Lambton College, to meet the needs of our growing ridership
  • Improve consistency of our schedules and routes to simplify the system
  • Shift service from underutilized areas to new areas
  • Remain within existing budget

The proposed changes include:

  • Route 1 would extend to service Lambton College
  • Route 2/11 would service the Strangway Community Centre and Bluewater Health instead of a section of East Street and Davis Street.  It would operate every 30 minutes during the daytime schedule.
  • Route 5 would run all day from Northgate to the Superstore and back with some minor route modifications
  • A new peak only route 6 would provide north-south service in the south end of the City using the Northgate Terminal – Capel – London – Indian – Devine – Ontario – Mitton – George – Russell – Durand – Maxwell – East – Exmouth – Northgate Terminal
  • Route 9 would serve Ronald Bloore Drive instead of David Bolduc Street
  • Route 12 would connect at the Northgate Terminal instead of the Bayside Terminal
  • Route 14 would run along London Road, past Lambton College, and back onto Exmouth Street instead of through Lambton Mall during weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Route 15 would add an extra run on Saturday mornings
  • Sunday service would start 30 minutes earlier to match Saturday service start time to improve consistency

A detailed review of the impact of the proposed changes on the budget and schedules is currently underway.

The intent of the proposed changes is to make minor modifications within the existing budget that will enhance transit service. A Transit Master Plan was completed in 2014 which recommended some more significant modifications to the transit system. The City will review the opportunity to make more significant changes within the next few years in conjunction with a proposed new terminal in the east end of the City.  The current proposed changes will provide a pilot test of some of the larger changes proposed in the Transit Master Plan.

The City welcomes your feedback on the proposed transit route changes. Written comments can be submitted to the Engineering Department by Thursday, July 5, 2018.  Comments can be sent to, or mailed to the Engineering Department, 3rd Floor, Sarnia City Hall, 255 North Christina Street, P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7N2.

You can also come learn more and provide feedback at a drop-in public information session:

Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (no presentation, drop in anytime)
Location: Sarnia City Hall, 255 Christina Street North
  • View proposed changes
  • Discuss/provide comments


A report will be prepared for the Monday, July 16, 2018 Sarnia City Council meeting with a summary of the feedback received. The finalized changes will be implemented starting this September.