All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems

by David A. Wyatt

Guelph, Ontario

Principal System

Guelph Ry Co tram 2 (1895) Guelph Railway Company (17 September 1895 - 12 June 1903)
street railway/light rail Incorporated 1895 (Ont.) in response to an agreement with the City of Guelph, signed 07 August 1894. Charter rights extended 1901 to include Berlin [Kitchener], Hespeler [Cambridge] and Puslinch Lake (all never built). Name changed to GRRyCo 1903. (Mills 1977)

St. Georges Square (W.E. Miller) Guelph Radial Railway Company (12 June 1903 - 01 July 1939)
street railway/light rail Accompaning the name change was extended charter rights to build to Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Mount Forest, Erin, Galt, and Preston (all never built). Acquired by the City of Guelph through a vote of ratepayers 28 September 1903. Operated by the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario 01 July 1920 - 01 July 1939. Reported as the Hydro Electric Railways: Guelph District from 1930 to 1933. (CYB 1905-1938, Johnson, History of Guelph, 1977). (Photo: W.E. Miller).

Guelph Transit Comm. 51 (Prevost) (Peter Cox 1967) Guelph Transportation Commission (1939? - present)
(Canadian Coach 1966, Dawes et al. 1972, CUTA 1976-77, CUTA 1989, CUTA 1991/2, CUTA 1992, Chow 1998, photos: Peter Cox, Kevin Nicol).

Guelph Transit 222 (Nova LFS) (Kevin Nicol 2011 Apr 02)

Service area population85,000 (1991)
Vehicle fleet39 buses (2000)
Employees68 (1991)
Ridership6,111,557 (2009)
Data sources:CUTA 1991/2
CTF [Aug. 2010] (ridership)


Electric railway17 September 1895 - 30 September 1937*
Motor bus13 September 1926 - present
* Electric railway freight operation continued until 26 May 1939 (RFC).


A Guelph Street Railway Company was incorporated in 1877 (Ont.) (Dorman). Martin indicates that horse cars operated in Guelph from 1879 to 1898 but this is almost certainly erroneous.


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