The Shift Rapid Transit project takes a major step forward today with the investment of federal funding towards the future design of its corridors and transit stations. The Government of Canada announced over $37 million in funding through Phase 1 of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to support projects in London that will improve the mobility and safety of residents who travel by public transit, by cycle, by foot and by car.
A combination of City and provincial funding will match the funds, bringing the total investment in London to more than $74 million.
PTIF will help advance Shift, the initiative to bring Bus Rapid Transit to London. It will help fund the work to conduct the Transit Project Assessment Process, complete detailed design of routes and stations, and to modify current downtown bus routes so that transit no longer travels on downtown Dundas Street.
The London Transit Commission (LTC) will be utilizing the federal investment to improve the customer experience through programs including:
· An accelerated bus replacement schedule, resulting in a more reliable fleet
· Retrofitting buses with perimeter seating to improve accessibility for customers
· Replacing all transit shelters, improving safety and shelter for customers
· Purchase and installation of closed circuit monitors on buses to improve on-board communications with passengers.
The City of London project list includes:
- Rehabilitation of the main and south branches of the Thames Valley Parkway, 6 km of multi-purpose trail used heavily by cyclists as a form of active transportation
- Dundas Place, a transformation project for the downtown core
- Construction of new transit pads and sides to improve accessibility
- Projects to improve the cycling experience with new and rehabilitated bike lanes, and more bike parking stations
- The installation of more pedestrian crossovers
- The installation of pedestrian signal counters (timer) at many intersections to help improve pedestrian mobility and safety.
"The Government of Canada is working closely with the Government of Ontario and municipalities to invest in important transit initiatives that will strengthen communities across Ontario by growing the middle-class, fostering long-term prosperity and getting Canadians to their daily activities on time and home at the end of the day. The projects announced today will ensure that Southwestern Ontario has affordable and efficient public transit infrastructure that meets the needs of Canadians now and for generations to come.”
Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“This is city-building. The funding from the Federal Government means we can move forward with SHIFT rapid transit, start on the transformational Dundas Place, fight congestion, improve mobility and road safety, and move closer to our goal of becoming one of the greenest communities in Canada.” – London Mayor Matt Brown
“This federal investment provides LTC with the opportunity to move forward on a number of exciting initiatives that will improve the overall customer experience and help us continue to grow our ridership.” – Sheryl Rooth, LTC Chair