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On June 7, 2018, the City of London entered into the formal Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), as set out by the Province through Ontario Regulation 231/08. TPAP focuses on assessing potential impacts of a selected transit project, in this case, the approximately 24 km Bus Rapid Transit network comprising north, east, south, and west corridors, and a one-way downtown couplet.

On Oct. 1 the BRT team announced its decision to pause the formal Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) to take time to strengthen our heritage strategy.

Through discussions with Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, we have developed a detailed plan for providing more comprehensive information on potential heritage impacts. We anticipate the earliest date for providing this information will be the end of March, 2019.

This pause is not expected to impact the overall 10-year project budget or timeline.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress toward re-starting the Transit Project Assessment Process.

Once TPAP has been restarted, 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

Read the Cultural Heritage Screening Report in the Draft Environmental Project Report to
learn more about the work that has been done to date relating to heritage.

View the list of properties that will undergo additional
review during the Transit Project Assessment Process.

View the timeline for completing cultural
heritage work during the Transit Project Assessment Process.

If you have questions or comments, contact us anytime at ldnbrt@london.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.

Modern stops

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.

What's Ahead

On Oct. 1 the BRT team announced its decision to pause the formal Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) to take time to strengthen our heritage strategy.

Through discussions with Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, we have developed a detailed plan for providing more comprehensive information on potential heritage impacts. We presented this plan to the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

It’s critical to provide information that is thorough and complete. We anticipate the earliest date for providing this information will be the end of March, 2019.

We don’t anticipate significant heritage impacts – but it is important to do a thorough and comprehensive review. It is important to do this right.

In terms of the ten-year project budget and timeline, we don’t expect this pause to have any material impact overall. This heritage work was always embedded in our plans, at a later date.

Heritage is important in London, and we share the Ministry’s commitment to a clear and effective cultural heritage strategy.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress toward re-starting the Transit Project Assessment Process.