The London Transit Commission has unveiled details regarding London’s rapid transit system. The announcement comes ahead of a series of city meetings starting this Wednesday. The meetings will share details with Londoners about the rapid transit system.
Open House Dates:
- February 28: 11a.m. – 2p.m. – Central Library
- February 28: 5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. – Oakridge Secondary School
- March 1: 5p.m. – 8p.m. – Western University, London Hall
- March 3: 9a.m. – 12p.m. – Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
- March 3: 3p.m. – 6p.m. – Fanshawe College
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) can benefit Londoners whether you drive, bike or bus. With the population growing congestion on roads will be effected. The LTC believes now is the time to plan for BRT. Construction is not set to begin until 2020 and will take a decade to complete.
BRT will give buses dedicated lanes increasing the amount of buses and reducing riders wait times. The LTC plans on having buses arriving at stops every 5-10 minutes during rush hour, a big increase compared to what is currently in place. This will also improve connecting buses making it easier to travel around the city by bus.
The plan to improve London’s transportation is set to cost $1.3 billion which will include road improvements. $746 million will be used to widen municipal roads while the cost of the BRT is $500 million. The LTC promises only $11.7 million will be paid through property tax dollars during the construction.
Londoners have immediate concerns with the road widening set to happen on Richmond Street with possibilities of it affecting local businesses and homes. The road would need to be widened 1.15 meters on each side to accommodate the middle lanes for rapid transit.
If there are any other concerns residents can visit any of the open houses provided across the city.
For more information on London’s Bus Rapid Transit visit Here.