Notice of Commencement: Transit Project Assessment Process Meetings London’s Bus Rapid Transit System

The Project


The City of London’s Bus Rapid Transit System will provide more frequent and reliable transit service to Londoners. On July 25, 2017, London City Council approved the Rapid Transit Master Plan that defined the network, stop locations and that the system would operate as a Bus Rapid Transit system.


The Process

The City of London is assessing the impacts of the Bus Rapid Transit System according to the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08. TPAP focuses on the assessment of potential impacts of a selected transit project, in this case, the approximately 24 km Bus Rapid Transit network comprised of north, east, south, and west corridors, and a one-way downtown couplet.

This Notice of Commencement marks the beginning of the formal 120-day TPAP consultation period, starting June 7, 2018, and ending when the Notice of Completion is issued. As part of TPAP, an Environmental Project Report (EPR) will be filed, documenting any potential environmental effects and mitigation requirements of the project. Documents related to the Project, including technical studies and consultation materials, are available on the project website. The public, regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested persons will have an opportunity to review the EPR during a formal 30-day review period. Viewing locations of the EPR will be published in the Notice of Completion. Objections may be submitted to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change during this period.

All information produced as part of this project is available on the project website at www.londonbrt.ca.

Consultation 

During the 120-day TPAP consultation period, the City of London will be hosting consultation in two formats, as detailed below. The purpose of each session is to obtain feedback on the Council-approved design.

At each session you will have the chance to:

  • Review the Council-approved BRT plans, ask questions and share ideas to help fine tune the designs.
  • Provide feedback on the Draft Environmental Report, which outlines the BRT project in detail, identifies the potential impacts and the plans to mitigate those impacts.
  • Learn more about matters that are of interest to the Province – such as natural environment, cultural heritage, and Indigenous affairs – and understand how to provide feedback on these issues.

Open House at Central Library:

  • June 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m.
    Central Library, 251 Dundas St.
  • There is no presentation during this event, so you can drop in at your convenience during the times provided.
  • Buses you can take to Central Library: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 90


“Transit Tuesdays” at the Rapid Transit Office:

  • 3 – 7 p.m. every Tuesday, from July 10 – Sept. 11
    Rapid Transit Office, 2nd floor of Central Library, 251 Dundas St. Enter through the mall.
  • Drop in at your convenience – no appointment necessary!
  • Buses you can take to Central Library: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 90

 

At each of the 12 public drop-in sessions, project staff from the City and the consultant team will be available to answer questions and collect feedback, which will be used to finalize the Draft Environmental Project Report and refine the design.

The Draft Environmental Project Report is available on the project website, www.londonbrt.ca

You can also submit comments at any time by emailing shift@london.ca or either of the individuals below. A formal recording of all feedback and comments from the public, stakeholders and involved agencies will be included in the final Environmental Project Report.


Jennie Ramsay, P. Eng.
Project Director, Rapid Transit
City of London
Tel: (519) 661-2489 x 5823
jaramsay@london.ca

Margaret Parkhill, P. Eng.
Project Manager
IBI Group
Tel: (519) 472-7328
margaret.parkhill@ibigroup.com

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and the Environmental Assessment Act. Comments will become part of the public record. Any personal information such as name, address and telephone number included in a submission may become part of the public record unless the commenter specifically requests that such personal details not be included in the public record.

This Notice first issued: June 7, 2018.