Help Shape BRT
Public ConsultationOn May 8, City Council approved the design for London’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, giving residents a clearer picture of how BRT will look across the city. But there’s still work to do before construction starts in 2020, and the City wants to hear from you.
Do you have feedback on the proposed BRT stops? Wonder how plans might impact parking or deliveries for your business? Have a great idea for your neighbourhood? If you missed our Public Information Centre #6 on June 21, be sure to join us at one of our Transit Tuesday events.
This summer, Londoners can:
- Review the approved BRT plans, ask questions and share ideas to fine tune the designs.
- Give feedback on the Draft Environmental Project Report, which outlines the BRT project, identifies potential impacts and lists plans to address them.
- Learn more about how to give feedback on matters of interest to the Province – such as natural environment, cultural heritage and Indigenous affairs.
At each of the 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.
Interactive BRT Network Map
Check out any location on the Bus Rapid Transit network, drop a pin, and leave a comment. By clicking on different elements of the BRT network map, you can view specific infrastructure descriptions. Select a green pin to view renderings for select areas of the network. If the map is slow to load, clear your browser cache.
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.
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. 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.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) is the process of determining what environmental impacts, if any, there will be during a project and how to minimize the impacts. The Environmental Assessment process falls under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.
The term "environment" includes the natural, social, cultural, built and economic environments.
BRT Features and Benefits
A better travel experience for everyone
Get yourself to work with less stress, and your family to important activities with ease, in a system that moves all Londoners to work, home and everywhere in between, with more choice.
Making local bus service even better
By building a strong spine of rapid transit service across north‐east and south-west corridors, BRT will enhance London’s overall transit system. Travelling in dedicated lanes, BRT buses will be predictable and reliable, avoiding traffic congestion – not adding to it. Many local bus routes will see more frequent service, and some routes will be extended into other areas where service isn’t as strong now. All of this means the growing number of Londoners who use public transit can count on more efficient, reliable service to get where they need to go, on time and with ease.
Smart traffic signals
Smart traffic systems save people time – and not just transit riders. A key part of the BRT plan, the prioritized traffic signals will act as a central eye in the sky to spot traffic patterns and alter signals to ease congestion and improve traffic flow for everyone.
Frequent buses and real-time bus information
With BRT buses running every 5 or 10 minutes, and real‐time information at BRT bus stops, you’ll know exactly where your bus is and when it’s arriving. Or, if you don’t quite get there in time, you can rest assured the next one will quickly come along.
Covered platforms to protect from wind and weather, comfortable seating, modern lighting and heating systems, and technology charging stations are just some of the many features being considered. Plus, 40% of Londoners will live near BRT stops, and 60% of jobs will be within walking distance of them.
Fixing roads and beautifying our streets
The BRT project will do more than add dedicated bus lanes. As part of the budget, the project will widen streets and modernize and beautify major corridors, providing a more pleasant experience for all commuters – not just those who travel by bus.
BRT for London
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.