LONDON, ONT. — Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has announced it is contributing funding to a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for London, Ont.
The total cost of the project has been set at $498 million. The province will spend $170 million, the City of London has committed $130 million and federal funding is being sought for the rest.
The BRT system will consist of 23.7 kilometres of rapid transit along north-south and east-west corridors connecting to the downtown core.
The City of London will be responsible for the ongoing operating and maintenance costs of the project, the statement indicated.
Construction will be phased. The plan is to begin on the east corridor in 2020 and the north corridor in 2022, with the opening of these corridors in 2023 and 2026 respectively. Construction would then begin on the south corridor in 2023 and the west corridor in 2025, which would open by 2026 and 2028.
The Rapid Transit (RT) Master Plan was approved by London City Council on July 25, 2017. Public information sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 at London’s Central Library, 251 Dundas St.
The plan calls for 22.5 kilometres of dedicated median transit lanes and 1.5 kilometres of transit operating in mixed traffic. There will be 35 RT stations including one central transit hub where the corridors meet, to be located near King and Wellington Streets. The moving stock will include 28 articulated buses, forming a new RT fleet, which may include diesel-electric hybrid or fully electric buses, the BRT website says.