Estimated Cost: $28.5 million
Projected Timeline: 2021 – 2023
Funding Status: Project has received provincial support
With the recent construction of Dundas Place, London’s first flex street, all east-west buses in the core have already been rerouted to operate along the proposed Downtown Transit Loop. This loop frames Dundas Place, circling buses along Queens Avenue, King Street, Ridout Street and Wellington Street. Existing vehicle lanes would be maintained and bus lanes would not be enclosed by concrete medians.
Constructing the Downtown Loop would formalize transit operations already in place, improving traffic capacity in general traffic lanes and revitalizing 2 km of streets surrounding Dundas Place. While rebuilding the roads, the project would address necessary underground work, including replacing aging sewers and watermains. Cycling lanes would be moved off King Street to Dundas Place, which is designed to more safely handle cycling and pedestrian traffic.
Work Required to Complete this Project:
- Reconstruct the full road width and improve the streetscape, timed with underground work to address necessary infrastructure improvements
- Install transit stations
- Convert existing curbside bus and parking lanes to continuous transit lanes
- Install smarter traffic signals to reduce intersection delays and shorten travel times, including transit signal priority, sensors and video cameras
- The Transit Project Assessment Process is expected to be complete in May 2019, so this project can progress with design and construction immediately.
- Construction would coordinate with King Street underground sewer work.
- The project team would continue to work with businesses for delivery, loading and parking solutions, which could include increasing parking on side streets.
Funding Eligibility Criteria:
- Improved transit capacity
- Improved transit safety and quality
- Improved transit access