Getting Londoners moving is something I take seriously. Whether by foot, bike, cab, bus or car, everyone should have the ability to have access to reliable modes of transportation to get to work, go to school, visit friends, or run errands.
Over this term, we've made significant investments in transportation and continued to implement the Transportation Master Plan to help keep our city moving now and well into the future.
What we’ve done
- Commenced work on the Adelaide St. underpass. To be completed by 2022 (10 years ahead of schedule)
- Lowered transit fares for youth and people living below the poverty line
- Attracted $375M in federal and provincial funding for transit
- Reduced our infrastructure gap
What I’d like to do next:
- Improve traffic flow and coordinate traffic lights.
- Build and expand conventional and rapid transit service by 35% across the city.
- Develop a grid of protected cycling lanes.
- Reinstate senior’s transit fares.
I'm asked by many at the door about my position on Bus Rapid Transit. After spending the past 4 years reading through the thousands of pages of reports and analysis, checking assumptions, and questioning staff and engineers, I am supportive of moving this plan forward. BRT is one component of the larger Smart Moves 2030 Transportation Master Plan to improve how Londoners move around our city by car, bus, bike and on foot. It has been over 10 years in the making with significant community consultation along every step of the way. Our work, and the work of those before us, has attracted $375M in provincial and federal funding for transit...funding that wouldn't have come our way without a solid business case.
BRT provides Londoners with:
- 32 km of dedicated transit lanes providing high-frequency buses.
- 35% increase in overall transit service across the city (including future expansion to industrial areas).
- 400 construction jobs for 10 years.
- $250 M increase to our GDP.
- renewal of road, water and sewer infrastructure.
- the ability to consolidate development along the corridors - saving us $40M in tax servicing needs annually.
- traffic signal coordination city-wide.
- significant time savings for transit trips.
Last December, I wrote an op-ed for the London Free Press describing the benefits for this project for all Londoners, not just those who use transit. I'd ask you to take a couple minutes to read it as a bit of an explanation for why I support this project.