St. Catharines Transit

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St. Catharines Transit
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Bus 0805, a 2008 New Flyer DE40LFR.
Slogan driving ahead
Founded 1961
Headquarters 2012 First Street Louth
Service area St. Catharines and Thorold, Ontario
Service type Bus service, Paratransit
Alliance Niagara Region Transit
Routes 25
Stations Downtown Terminal,
70 Carlisle Street
43°09′35″N 79°14′38″W / 43.15972°N 79.24389°W / 43.15972; -79.24389
Fleet 75
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric hybrid
Operator St. Catharines Transit Commission

St. Catharines Transit (SCT) provides bus service to St. Catharines, Ontario, and the neighbouring city of Thorold. The St. Catharines Transit Commission took over operation of transit services within the city from Canadian National Transportation in 1961.[1]

The Transit Operations Facility opened in 1991 and the Downtown Terminal (within the headquarters building of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation) opened in 1996. The bus terminal is also served by Greyhound and Coach Canada for intercity coach service to Hamilton, London, Toronto, Buffalo, and New York City,[2] with connections to a number of major cities throughout Canada and the United States.


Local public transportation in the area originally consisted of horse drawn cars, subsequently upgraded to electric railway service. Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway Company, founded in 1898, was acquired by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1908 which became Canadian National Railways in 1918 and converted to bus operations after 1931. The portion of this system operating within the City of St. Catharines was transferred to the St. Catharines Transit Commission in 1961, which adopted the current operating name of St. Catharines Transit in 1974.[3]


Regular routes

The St. Catharines Transit Commission (SCT) operates most of their routes through Downtown St. Catharines, with routes meeting at the Downtown Bus Terminal. Additional main transfer points also exist at The Pen Centre, Fairview Mall and at Brock University.

The majority of the routes operate weekdays using one numbering scheme, while weekday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays operate with a separate numbering scheme.[4]

Though it may appear confusing at first glance, many routes interline, meaning that they continue to other routes once reaching their terminus. This occurs in at the bus terminal in Downtown St. Catharines, and at both northern and southern terminals.[5]

Bus routes

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  • 301 Hospital-Pt. Dalhousie. (Formally 1 Martindale Rd.)
  • 302 Ontario Lakeshore
  • 303 Pelham Rd.
  • 304 Oakdale – Pen – Brock
  • 305 Haig – Linwell
  • 306 Lake St.
  • 307 Niagara St.
  • 308 Grantham – Lakeshore
  • 309 Geneva St.
  • 310 Glenridge – Pen Centre
  • 311 Hartzel Rd.
  • 312 Vine St.
  • 314 Scott St.
  • 315 West St. Catharines
  • 316 Brock – Glenridge
  • 317 Bunting – Linwell
  • 318 Secord Woods
  • 320 Thorold–Pen Centre
  • 321 Confederation – Brock
  • 322 Thorold South
  • 324 Brock-Tupper
  • 328 Brock-Towpath
  • 331 Brock-Winterberry
  • 335 Brock–Pen Centre
  • 336 Brock-Glendale-Pen Centre

Special routes

  • Tupper Extra- weekday route from Brock University to supplement Route 321 and provide better access to primary student housing areas
  • Brock Bullet- peak hour direct service from Downtown Terminal to Brock University
  • Niagara College- express routes from Downtown Terminal to Niagara College


In addition to accessible bus routes, which enable those with reduced mobility to board a 'low floor' transit bus, St. Catharines Transit also provides paratransit services for those who cannot board a regular city bus and accessible bus service is not available.

Brock Hub

Located at Brock University this is the main interchange for bus travel within the Niagara Region and to points beyond. Connections are provided by St. Catharines, Niagara and Welland Transit Commissions and Coach Canada [6] Centrally located to all the local transit services and adjacent to Hwy 406, the university campus is ideal for this purpose.


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Vehicles currently being used are New Flyer Industries D40LF, D40i Invero, DE40LF (diesel-electric hybrid), DE40LFR (diesel-electric hybrid), D60LF, XD40, XD60 (articulated bus), and Nova Bus LFS/LFSA.


  1. ^ St. Catharines Transit - History
  2. ^ St. Catharines tourism
  3. ^ Transit History of St. Catharines, Ontario
  4. ^ "Routes and Schedules -- St Catharines Transit Commission". St. Catharines Transit Commission. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ St. Catharines Transit Commission website
  6. ^ The Brock Hub

External links

  • Media related to St. Catharines Transit buses at Wikimedia Commons
  • Media related to St. Catharines Transit Terminal at Wikimedia Commons
  • St. Catharines Transit conventional transit roster at CPTDB Wiki
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