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Expansion Buses

Estimated Cost: $25.2 million

Projected Timeline: 2020 – 2028

Funding Status: Project has received funding support from Government of Canada and Government of Ontario. 

Project Description:

The London Transit Commission’s Five-Year Service Plan sets out changes intended to enhance overall transit service in the city, including improving direct connections and service frequencies, building on the express route network and assessing alternative service delivery options to industrial employment areas.

To achieve this, the 2020 to 2024 Service Plan calls for the addition of 22 buses to the LTC fleet during that period. Beyond that, it is currently estimated that an additional nine expansion buses will be required for the period of 2025 to 2028. This estimate is subject to change with completion of the next Five-Year Service Plan, which is scheduled for 2024.

Work Required to Complete this Project:

  • Order buses on an annual basis, based on the requirements in each respective year. Annual requirements would include consideration of the mix of 40-foot and 60-foot buses.

Additional Considerations:

  • Detailed expansion plans have not been completed beyond 2024, so the requirement of nine expansion buses is an estimate only. Given that 22 expansion buses were required for the preceding five-year period, this estimate is likely to be low.
  • This estimate was developed in coordination with current long-term planning. Changes to the rapid transit initiative may drive the need for more expansion buses to continue to grow the transit service in response to demands of Londoners.

Funding Eligibility Criteria:

  • Improved transit capacity
  • Improved transit access
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