April 26, 2017
Contact: Shift London

Alternative Downtown Routes Discussed

The Shift Rapid Transit project took another step forward yesterday following a meeting at Centennial Hall with business owners, merchants and property owners along the alternative downtown routes.

Council recently requested a King Street/Queens Ave couplet be considered as an alternative to the proposed King Street two-way bus rapid transit corridor route. The April 25 invitation-only meeting was attended by 18 people and focused on potential impacts to the downtown portion of the corridors, including Wellington Street, Queens Avenue, King Street and Clarence Street. 

The meeting consisted of an Open House in which materials and drawings were made available for review, and presentations provided an overview of the conceptual design and potential impacts.

“We’re hearing strong support for the couplet option from tonight’s attendees which echoes what we heard from the Covent Market Garden merchants last week,” said Kelly Scherr, Managing Director of Environmental & Engineering Services and City Engineer. “We have to take the views of these stakeholders seriously when considering our recommendation to council next month.”

  

Media Contact:

Nathan MacDonald, CMILT
Manager II, Rapid Transit Communications
City of London519-661-CITY (2489) Ext. 2541
nmacdonald@london.ca

London is in the process of determining the best path forward for the largest public infrastructure project in our city’s history.  Shift, London’s Rapid Transit Initiative, is our plan to meet the needs of our community and region for today and tomorrow.  Shift is about transforming the future of London, while making investments that benefit London and Southwestern Ontario today.