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Government of Canada invests in London’s Rapid Transit initiative


London’s Rapid Transit initiative has reached another key milestone, with a significant financial contribution from the Government of Canada.

On August 23, 2019, the Downtown Loop, East London Link and Wellington Gateway projects were included in a $123-million funding commitment from the Government of Canada. The three projects are among 10 council-approved transit and transit-supportive local projects, ranging from rapid transit to smarter traffic signals, intersection improvements and enhanced connections for cycling and active transportation. The full details of the announcement can be found here.

The suite of 10 projects – which also received a funding commitment from the Provincial Government earlier this year – will help improve transportation city-wide, create better connections to jobs and stimulate the economy.

Many of the projects – which are part of the City’s Smart Moves 2030 Transportation Master Plan – are shovel-ready. Once financial agreements are finalized with the Provincial and Federal governments, construction could begin on some of the projects as early as 2020.

The three rapid transit projects prioritized by the City and included in the funding announcement are:

Downtown Loop

This loop frames Dundas Place, as shown here. Existing vehicle lanes will be maintained and bus lanes will not be enclosed by concrete medians. It will 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 will address necessary underground work, including replacing aging sewers and watermains.

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East London Link

The route, shown here, will connect East London with improved transit, connecting more people to jobs in the industrial lands, linking Fanshawe College’s eastern and downtown campuses, supporting revitalization of Old East Village and encouraging development of the former London Psychiatric Hospital and McCormick’s lands. The project will coordinate necessary underground work, and add dedicated turn lanes at signalized intersections.

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Wellington Gateway

This work will revitalize 6.8 kilometres of Wellington Road, between downtown and a park-and-ride facility at Highway 401, as shown here. The work will include intelligent traffic signals, widening to establish continuous lanes for rapid transit, improving the alignment of the Wellington S-curve and adding dedicated turn lanes at signalized intersections.

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Environmental Project Report

As part of the Transit Project Assessment Process, the City has completed an Environmental Project Report.

The report is the heart of London’s BRT project. It contains designs, potential project impacts, proposed recommendations and all supporting studies and background materials.

Read the report