Kingston Transit route 18

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18 'Train Station Circuit'
Service type Shuttle
Number of Branches 1
Types of Buses Used D40LF/R XD40 LFS
Related Routes None

Route 18 'Train Station Circuit' Wc15.JPG is a route operated by Kingston Transit in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Route Details

This route runs in a circular route (clockwise), connecting the Kingston bus terminal, Downtown Kingston, Queen's University (main and West campus), and the St. Lawrence College with the Kingston VIA Rail station.

Route 18 operates from 8:30AM to 10:00PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 9:30AM to 9:15PM on Sundays. Route 18Q operates from 9:15PM to 12:15AM on Sundays only. The route always operate at 1 hour frequencies, using one bus. Not all trips originate from the train station.

This service, along with services provided by routes 17 and 20, are partially subsidized by the Queen's Alma Mater Society.


This route has two branches:

  • 18 - Loop via Kingston Railway Station, Coach Canada terminal, Downtown, Queen's, and St. Lawrence College.
  • 18Q - Queen's Late-Night Shuttle, Loop via Kingston Railway Station, Coach Canada Terminal, Queen's University, and St. Lawrence College. (Sunday service only)


Route 18 was first launched in September 2010 as a service jointly paid for by the City of Kingston and Queen's University. Its intended purpose was the simplify travel between the university and Kingston's Coach Canada and VIA Rail terminals. As part of the route's introduction, a bus from Kingston Transit's fleet was wrapped in special decals advertising the service, and was assigned to exclusively serve the route.

A new branch of the route, 18Q, was launched at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. This is a Sunday evenings-only branch that better serves the students of Queen's University, with a route that passes by most of the student residences there. Trips on the 18Q may hold for up to 30 minutes at the VIA Rail or Coach Canada terminals for late trains/buses, respectively. Additional 18Q trips may be run during peak periods, such as the weekend after the winter break. Branch 18Q does not operate on the Sunday after Reading Week.

As per the Kingston Transit Redevelopment Plan released in August 2011, service on route 18 would eventually be increased to two-way, 30-minute frequencies.


Route 18 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR, New Flyer XD40, and Nova Bus LFS. Previously a specially wrapped vehicle was assigned to run this route, but due to fleet shortages this practice has ended.

Major Stops

  • Kingston VIA Rail station: Connection to Kingston Transit route 7, 16, VIA Rail trains to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Commuter runs.
  • Kingston Bus Terminal: Stops within the terminal itself. Connection to routes 2, 7, 16.
  • Downtown Transfer Point: Branch 18 only. Uses Bagot Street stop. Connection to routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 501, 502, 601, 602, 701, 702.
  • Queen's/KGH: Connection to routes 1, 2, 17, 501, 501, 601, 602.
  • Queen's West Campus: Connection to routes 1, 2, 3, 17, 20.
  • St. Lawrence College: Connection to routes 1, 2, 3, 6.
  • Portsmouth Avenue/Bath Road: Connection to routes 11, 701, 702.
  • Portsmouth Avenue/Princess Street: Connection to routes 4, 16, 501, 502.
  • Princess Street/John Counter Boulevard: Connection to routes 4, 7, 14, 16.


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Current Routes
Local 1 2 3 4 6 7 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 20
Express 501 502 601 602 701 702 801 802
Former Routes
Local 1A 4A 6R 8 9 12A 19 20 21 22 A B C
Terminals Bus Terminal - Cataraqui Centre - Downtown - Gardiners Centre - Kingston Centre - Train Station
Miscellaneous Bus fleet