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              Grand River Transit (GRT) and City Public Works

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On January 1, 2000, the Region of Waterloo created GRT by assuming the operations of the former Kitchener Transit and Cambridge Transit. By the end of that year, operations had been fully synchronized, and buses began running between Cambridge and Kitchener. As a result, ridership in Cambridge improved dramatically.

In recent years, many new low-floor wheelchair-accessible buses have been purchased, and now constitute the majority of the fleet. GRT installed bicycle racks on the front of its buses in order to encourage the use of sustainable transport; all standard and express buses now have these racks.

Service to less dense areas is provided by the busPLUS system, large vans which take regular fares on scheduled routes to new neighborhoods and more remote facilities. GRT also operates MobilityPLUS, which provides specialized transit for disabled patrons using minibuses equipped with wheelchair lifts.



The following information was taken from GRT website, and is valid as of March 2013.

The GRT have roughly 66 regular routes that service the Waterloo region. All routes in Cambridge are 'accessible'. Over 85% of  buses that service The  Region are 'accessible'. Some of the busiest routes are route 7, iXpress, route 8 and route 12. These routes connect the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge making it easy for intercity travelers.

The GRT has 238 'low floor' diesel buses. All 'high floor' buses have been retired. Of the 238 buses in the fleet, 16 buses are Hybrid Electric buses and 196 are equipped with accessibility features. GRT operates 29 MobilityPLUS vehicles for disabled patrons. Grand River transit has over 500 employees and services 2791 bus stops.



Scanned Frequencies Grand River Transit and City Public Works

In addition to the GRT, the scanner is also set to receive audio generated by the Waterloo region city public works departments and municipal services.

The Region of  Waterloo employs an EDACS trunked radio system for their Police, Fire, Transportation and other city services. What is EDACS? EDACS is a radio communications system that provides high-speed wireless analog voice, digital voice, and data communications.

The system is comprised of  primary control channels and alternate control channels. At any given time, each site (Police, Fire, City Services etc.) has one control channel. The remaining channels are used as working channels, and functions such as call queuing, emergency calls, and call prioritization are always available.

The Transit and Public Works scanner is programmed to receive certain talkgroups from within the Waterloo Region EDACS system, and are listed below. Primary control frequencies ( also listed below) are in red.

01 868.32500c 

02 868.52500c 

03 868.73750c 

04 868.93750c 

05 868.22500c 

06 868.42500 

07 868.62500 

08 868.83750 

09 866.47500 

10 868.57500 

11 868.78750 

12 868.98750 

13 868.27500 

14 868.47500 


Grand River Transit scanned frequencies


Waterloo Region Public Works and Municipal Services


Talkgroup Description

01-105 Dispatch  
01-103 Cambridge Supervisor  
01-104 Kitchener Supervisor  
01-106 Security Services 
01-102 Bus to Bus Calls 
01-000 Agency Call 
01-100 Mobility 
01-112 Mobility 
07-142 Kiwanis Transit -Specialized Service 
01-107 Maintenance 
01-101 GRT  
01-111 GRT  
10-110 GRT  
Talkgroup Talkgroup Description Talkgroup Talkgroup Description
04-023 City of Cambridge - Bylaw  00-103 Region - Landfill Operations
04-032 City of Cambridge - Engineering 1  00-110 Region - Licensing
04-033 City of Cambridge - Engineering 2  00-114 Region - Public Works
04-024 City of Cambridge - Parks 1  00-121 Region - Roads1 
04-027 City of Cambridge - Parks 2  00-115 Social Services (Sunnyside Home)
04-021 City of Cambridge - Works 1  00-106 Region - Supervisors
04-034 City of Cambridge - Works 2  00-101 Region - Transportation Operations
04-022 City of Cambridge - Works 3  00-102 Region - Unidentified Use
00-112 Region - Airport Operations  00-104 Region - Water
00-107 Region - Engineering  12-023 Wellesley Township - Roads
00-113 Region - Engineering  08-021 Woolwich Township - Public Works
00-105 Region - Fleet Operations  08-022 Woolwich Township - Recreation
00-124 Region - Kitchener Agency Call     


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