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Kingston Transit rolls out two new express routes

April 27, 2015 -

Next Monday, Kingston Transit launches two more express routes, offering more service, more often – one route runs from the east end direct to the Queen's University/Kingston General Hospital area through downtown and the other connects the city's key retail centres.

"The success of Kingston Transit's first express route proves the service appeals to those seeking an easy, cost-efficient commute. Offering express service is a smart, active and environmentally-friendly way to improve how we move around our liveable city," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Starting May 4: New Express Routes, new options

  • NEW Express route 601/602 provides east-enders a direct route to the Queen's University campus/Kingston General Hospital area via downtown in a single seat (no transfers required). Stops include: the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock, Royal Military College, the Rideau Town Centre and the new Innovation Drive Park & Ride. It provides 15-minute service weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 30-minute service evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • NEW Express route 701/702 links Kingston's shopping areas and connects the city's north and west ends to downtown to serve those living, working or shopping in these areas. The route runs along Bath Road, Gardiners Road and Division Street and has stops at or near: Cataraqui Centre, Gardiners Centre, Frontenac Mall, Kingston Centre, Downtown Transfer Point and King's Crossing. It provides 15-minute service during peak times and 30-minute service during off-peak times. 
  • Express route 501/502 was Kingston Transit's first express route. Launched in September 2013, it links the west end to downtown and is credited with helping Kingston Transit increase ridership by a whopping 12 per cent in 2014 – 7 per cent more than was targeted. Additional times have been added to enhance service.

See the new express routes' schedules and maps at www.kingstontransit.ca.

Plan your bus trip: use Google Transit tool at www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner (or via Google Maps' transit option) to plan a bus trip to work, school and other regular activities. The tool is accessible to screen readers and can offer direction in multiple languages.

Want to Park & Ride? Motorists can find Park & Ride locations at Innovation Drive, east of Highway 15 (starting May 4), Centre 70, the INVISTA Centre, Kingston Gospel Temple and Montreal Street at Highway 401. Parking is FREE to Kingston Transit riders.

The introduction of these two express routes, along with enhancements to other routes, completes the work outlined in the Transit Redevelopment Plan 2011-2015.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.