The future of transit in London is on the move; unlike in the past where it was not given the focus and resources to make it truly great. So many times, I have received complaints from Londoners about long wait times and buses that never show up. Our city has needed a smart transit plan for a long time and I am proud to be part of a council that finally listened and finally acted.
London doesn’t work when we can’t rely upon transit to get to work, school, meetings or appointments.
That’s why the transportation plan I stand for is one that reduces wait times and provides reliable transitions/transfers between routes. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a solution to our transportation needs.
More than a decade ago, the city created a Transportation Master Plan which included all modes of transportation, cars, trucks, and buses. BRT isn’t one giant project, it is an important piece of that larger, master transportation plan. This plan includes the strategic widening of roads and fundamental improvements to the traffic signal system, which one of the largest creators of congestion.
This plan includes priority bus lanes, bike paths and safer pedestrian crossings and access.
Any good plan created by a municipality leverages dollars from other levels of government to ensure the money works efficiently for its local residents. The City of London has a transit plan that does just that.
The estimated cost of BRT is more than $500 million with returns on this investment that pay dividends far into our future. In the past year we have seen $1.1 billion issued in building permits and we see this continuing as this project continues to build momentum.
This is one of the largest and most ambitious initiatives by any council that London has ever undertaken. Already we have secured funding of more than $169 million from the provincial government and received a commitment for $204 million from the federal government. This is a significant vote of confidence in the work of council and as your next mayor I will continue to ensure the needs of London are heard at Queen’s Park and in Ottawa as we move forward — because everyone matters.