Frequently Asked Questions


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FAQs About Rapid Transit and How it Can Work in London


What could Rapid Transit look like in London?




  • Rapid Transit (RT) would operate in dedicated laneways that would allow it to bypass other vehicles, allowing it to stay on schedule.

  • Would have signal priority at major intersections in order to stay on-schedule and operate quickly.

  • RT would form a backbone for transit in London. Travellers can use Rapid Transit for long distance trips to get to their destinations faster and more reliability.

  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) are both proven technologies that allow travellers to get to their destination faster and increase the number of riders using transit.

  • RT is about making transit better for existing riders and to attract new riders. It will increase transportation capacity in London and offer new mobility options.

  • RT can operate with as frequently as every 5-10 minutes, meaning you know there will always be a bus coming. You won’t need to live your life by a bus schedule.

Why do all the proposed corridors go downtown?




  • Downtown London is still a major activity centre in London, with high transit usage, and is planned to be home to a large number of new residents and jobs over the next 20 years. Downtown London is home to major attractions like Budweiser Gardens, Convent Market, the train and bus stations, local stores and many employment places.

  • RT routes downtown will provide a central transfer location so that individuals can reach any part of the city quickly any reliability.

Why do we need Rapid Transit?




  • Rapid Transit is a key component for shaping how London grows over the next 20 years. 77,000 new residents will call London home by 2031, with 40% living within the existing built-up area- primarily along rapid transit corridors at “transit villages” envisioned at strategic nodes throughout the city.

  • Smart Moves 2030, the City’s long-term transportation plan, identifies RT as key for helping increase mobility choices for new and future residents. The plan identifies rapid transit, active transportation and strategic roadway improvements that will ensure that Londoners can get around by any means necessary.

Is London big enough to have a Rapid Transit system?




Rapid transit in Canada is not a “big-city” thing. Other cities initiated Rapid Transit systems when they were comparable in size to London. Including:

o Edmonton LRT opened 1978, population 478,000
o Calgary CTrain opened 1981, population 590,000
o Ottawa Transitway opened 1983, population 550,000
o Waterloo ION opening 2017, population 318,000

What's the business case to support Rapid Transit?




  • A Cost-Benefits Analysis was conducted in 2013 and found there would be a $1.8 benefit for every $1 invested in BRT.

  • Rapid Transit will make more efficient use of roadway infrastructure, allowing London to defer expensive infrastructure costs of servicing communities outside of the city.

Why don't you just fix the LTC?




  • Existing system has experienced dramatic growth over the past two decades. Many routes get delayed by traffic along major streets and can get overcrowded during peak times. Investing in Rapid Transit can help fix many of these existing issues.

  • Rapid Transit (RT) would increase the carrying capacity along major travel corridors, relieving the overcrowding issues on local routes.

  • RT would operate in dedicated lanes and be given priority at intersections, enabling it to travel quickly and on schedule


Why do all the proposed routes miss all the industrial areas?




  • RT aims to provide quick connections for longer-distance travel and will serve major destinations and provide convenient transfers to other routes that will get you to your final destination, like the industrial areas.

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