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Transit reforms 'GOVA-ing' great, Greater Sudbury says

Some routes on new system have been modified in response to public concerns
The new GOVA Transit system introduced last week has been well received and is operating smoothly, Greater Sudbury said Friday. (File)

In a news release Friday, Greater Sudbury said the new transit system has been a success so far, with 95 per cent of buses arriving and leaving on time.

“Buses have been running 95 per cent on time during the first four days of a totally transformed transit service, a tremendous improvement over the 70-per-cent average of the former transit system,” the release said.

Now dubbed GOVA Transit, the release said riders will notice further route improvements as the system goes through its first weekend of extended Sunday routes and schedules.

“Riders are reminded to check for new weekend routes and schedules in the GOVA Riders’ Guide, online at, at the Downtown Transit Hub and by calling 705-675-3333,” the release said. 

'GOVA Transit ambassadors' – mainly city staff and other volunteers – have been stationed on the buses and at terminals to help riders navigate the new system.

They will remain on buses and at key boarding locations through the first days of the new school year, the release said.

Student rider tips are available online at and by calling 705-675-3333. Other things to know after the first week of the new system:

Some schedules have been modified in response to rider feedback. Schedules that have been modified are posted online at

Route 3 Laurentian University via Regent Street serves the main entrance of the Sudbury Outpatient Centre when travelling from downtown. Residents leaving the Outpatient Centre have the option of boarding Route 3 at the main entrance. Route 3 continues to Health Sciences North where riders can transfer to a high frequency Route 1 Main Line for transportation to the Downtown Transit Hub.

Route 101 Lively and Route 102 Garson GOVA Zone schedules have been redesigned to make them easier to understand. Redesigned schedules are available online at and at the Downtown Transit Hub.

Route 20 Graywood-Madison Local and Route 28 South End Local connect neighbourhoods with high frequency buses at transit hubs. The same bus services both neighbourhoods and the high frequency main routes on most trips. Riders can ask the bus operator whether they need to transfer to a second bus to reach their neighbourhood or whether they can remain on board.