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The Transit Geek In Me Is Quite Excited

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As some (probably only one or two, to be exact) of you are aware, I’m a big fan of public transit. I’m not just an advocate, I find the technology and the logistics quite interesting. I was lucky enough to live in Toronto for 5 or 6 years and got to enjoy one of the finest public transit systems in the world – the Toronto Transit Commission. I then spent a few years in Windsor and got to ‘enjoy’ one of the not-so-fine systems – Transit Windsor. I currently live in London (Ontario, not England) and am quite happy to say that the transit system here – London Transit – is respectable, although it could be better.

Well, my hopes for improvements to the system were given a big boost this morning when I listened to the news. London Transit has unveiled a $105 million plan to radically overhaul the entire system. For lots of juicy details, here’s an article from the London Free Press. If you don’t want to follow the link, here are the highlights:

  • a redesign of the overall structure of the route system with a focus on key nodes (major shopping areas, schools, and businesses) and key routes
  • $68 million to replace 102 buses (some of the buses in the fleet are very old [probably somewhere around 30 years] GM Fishbowls – if you’re not sure what a Fishbowl is, here is a link to a picture of one on a blog all about the TTC) and buy 32 additional buses to expand the fleet
  • implementation of BRT (bus rapid transit) on some routes (the idea here is that it’s like express service – only making stops at key points along the route to get people to their destinations faster)
  • the use of transit priority measures on BRT routes – bus-only lanes, reprogramming traffic signals, and outfitting buses with the same technology that allows fire trucks to keep green lights green or make red lights change to green faster)
  • dedicated bus lanes on the four busiest routes in the city
  • a satellite garage (currently all buses operate out of one facility on the east side of town – the trip across town for some buses is probably close to 30 minutes (just to get to the route!)

Now, this isn’t a done deal. It goes to committee in a couple of weeks and then (if it passes committee) to the full city council.

Keep your fingers crossed.


Written by The Canuck

January 4, 2007 at 3:36 pm

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  1. SWEET! I’ll say a prayer or three!


    January 4, 2007 at 5:10 pm

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