A growing London needs BRT
In the next 20 years, London is expected to grow by 84,000 people – which is like adding eight more Masonville neighbourhoods to our city, and a lot more gridlock. As London grows, BRT will carry thousands of transit riders in dedicated bus lanes, helping traffic flow smoothly for everyone.
Making existing bus service better
BRT is part of an overall 35 per cent increase in bus service hours – meaning more buses, in more places, more often. Instead of just adding more regular buses to the roads, BRT buses will travel in dedicated lanes, avoiding congested roads and offering frequent, reliable service. Riders can count on BRT buses coming every 5 and 10 minutes and more frequent service from existing local bus routes.
A plan nearly 10 years in the making, developed by Londoners, for London
In the past year, the BRT team has held hundreds of hours of consultation through stakeholder sessions and public workshops. But consultation with Londoners on rapid transit has been ongoing for nearly a decade, through some of the city’s largest-ever public engagement exercises, including SmartMoves 2030, the London Plan and the Rapid Transit Master Plan. By engaging thousands of local citizens and businesses, these exercises laid the groundwork for BRT as part of the vision to meet our city’s unique transit needs.
So much more than bus service
BRT doesn’t just add bus lanes. With improved road design and smart traffic signals funded by the project, everyone will have a better commute – transit riders, cyclists and drivers alike. And BRT will repair and revitalize our roads, sidewalks and streetscaping with the potential for other levels of government to contribute up to 74 cents on the dollar - work that would otherwise be fully funded by local tax dollars.
A cost-effective investment
Our BRT plan has one of the lowest costs per kilometre and best returns on investment of any rapid transit project in the province. The total capital investment in London’s BRT plan is $500 million, with the City’s share set at $130 million. And BRT construction will help the City defer many major, necessary road expansion projects – keeping development charges affordable.
Building businesses and encouraging new investment
Once BRT is running, it will bring more customers to more businesses, more frequently and more reliably. More shopping. More dining. More tickets sold. More money in tills. In addition, the construction alone will provide more than 4,000 person-years of jobs, and $270 million in wages for Londoners.
Helping create a greener city
Carrying thousands more transit riders in dedicated bus lanes, BRT will improve our air quality and lower greenhouse gas emissions, helping reduce the threat of climate change. And rapid transit will balance how our city grows, promoting inward and upward development along with outward growth.
Meeting the needs of Londoners
As early as the 2006 ReThink London (London Plan) consultations, Londoners have been asking for a more reliable, sustainable, modern transportation system – one that will help us plan for an aging population, meet the needs of younger workers, encourage growth in the core and steward our environment. In the hundreds of hours of public consultation on this project, City staff and Councillors heard from many Londoners in favour of BRT – from young tech workers commuting to the core and growing businesses who need to access this talent, to seniors and parents who rely on transportation to access jobs and appointments, and new Canadian families establishing themselves in our community.
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