Introducing GOVA: The Greater Sudbury Transit Family of Services

Jul 9, 2019

The City of Greater Sudbury is proud to introduce GOVA, a refreshed image for local public transit. The distinctive name and visual symbol signals the start of a countdown to new routes, schedules and service beginning August 26, 2019.

The GOVA word mark is unique to Greater Sudbury. It is bilingual, with the words “go” and “va”, a conjugation of the verb “aller”. Its modern, simple, fresh and fun graphic elements represent some of the most impactful system improvements that riders can expect from the Transit Action Plan: Better Routes. Better Schedules. Better Service.

Routes with the highest ridership have been developed to offer service every 15 to 30 minutes along major traffic corridors. An example of a high frequency route is the new #1 Main Line / Circuit Central that will travel directly from the South End Walmart to New Sudbury Centre with no transfers necessary.

Multiple stops and return trips are encouraged with a new 90-minute transfer policy that allows riders to run an errand then reboard a bus to continue travelling on any route. The prices of 31-Day Passes for adults and students have been reduced and discounts for seniors and persons with a disability have been maintained.

On-demand TransCab service, connecting residents between their homes and transit buses, will be refreshed as GOVA Zone to represent the reach of public transit to designated areas of the city beyond  traditional bus routes.

Handi-Transit, offering specialized service to persons with disabilities, will be refreshed as GOVA Plus to represent a safe and dignified travel option for those who are unable to use the regular transit system for either part of or their entire trip.

New updated rider guides and maps will provide the information needed to navigate the enhanced transit system. During the late August launch of the new GOVA route system, Transit Ambassadors will ride buses and will be stationed at major transfer points to answer questions and help riders find their way.

Riders and front-line staff will be encouraged to provide feedback on the new transit system. The GOVA operations team is scheduled to review any issues that arise on a daily basis and will work on solutions.

The transformation of Greater Sudbury Transit under the Transit Action Plan: Better Routes. Better Schedules. Better Service is made possible by the Canada-Ontario Public Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).