After years of planning, consultations and discussion, we have approved our final rapid transit business case to be sent to the provincial and federal governments requesting funding.
I have said time and time again that this will be transformational for our city. It is the largest infrastructure project in London’s history. It will change the way the city grows over the next 20 years and it will be a massive improvement to our current public transit service with more buses, more frequent stops and better routes right across London. Buses along our rapid transit corridors will come every five minutes. Routes connecting to rapid transit will arrive every 10 minutes. Annual service hours will increase by 35 percent across the system. This will make commuting, getting groceries, going downtown for a hockey game or concert and getting to school, easier.
You can see a map of where rapid transit will run by clicking here: http://www.shiftlondon.ca/network_map.
We need to give Londoners an alternative to driving their cars to avoid inevitable congestion problems. Forecasts of our growth suggest auto trips will increase by 25 percent by 2030. Taxpayers could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in road widening costs if we do not implement rapid transit. Instead, the City of London has earmarked $130-million, nearly all of it from development charges, to pay for the $500-million project. We are looking to our provincial and federal counterparts to provide the rest of the funding just as they have for other transit projects throughout our province and country.
More information about Shift can be found at www.shiftlondon.ca.
In the meantime, as we round out this weekend, the Pride London Festival will come to a close. Pride raises awareness for gay rights as well as sexual and gender diversity. Londoners come together as allies to learn more and promote these important issues.
After 10 days of events celebrating inclusivity, acceptance, diversity and unity, we will end the most colourful festival in our city with the parade.
I encourage all Londoners to participate. You can find more information about the parade and the route here: http://www.pridelondon.ca/events/parade.
I hope to see you there.
The finalized rapid transit corridors that will greatly improve transportation in London.
- OEV Day 2017 brings together neighbourhood garage sale and block party
- Pride events take over London during first weekend of festival
- Council gives green light to final rapid transit business case
- London International Airport introduces direct flights to Cayo Coco, Cuba
- Fine-dining restaurant leveraging high-tech tools
- New invention could change the way hemophiliacs receive treatment
- Famous San Diego Chicken visits Labatt Park
- Why London claims to be the Forest City
- London’s HIV rates growing faster than anywhere in Ontario
- Pride flag at Wortley Village home burned with cigarettes
- Council looking the other way on noise by-law despite appeal
- London’s oldest tree still has life left in it
- Stem cell transplant program gets boost from Queen’s Park
- Western Fair won’t feature ride involved in deadly incident in US
Events and Occasions:
- 2017 Pride Awards
- RBC Run With Pride
- Inspiration Fest
- CJBK with Ken and Lisa
- Mayoral Monday on AM980
- Meeting with Joe Antone, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
- Meeting with Augustina Anukam
- Meeting with Amanda Mesko, DeafBlind Ontario
- CBC London Morning
- Meeting with Gerald Slemko
- Voices.com visit
- The Mayor recognized Thomas McClenaghan with the Governor General of Canada's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers for his many volunteer contributions, particularly on a number of environmental initiatives, in London.
- Council approved the $500 million Bus Rapid Transit Master Plan, a major milestone towards implementing a 22 kilometer city-wide rapid transit system for London. The next step is a 45-day review period, beginning on August 3.
- Council approved moving forward on the planning application at 8076 Longwoods Road, enabling the continued operations of a Halal livestock facility and abattoir in addition to their existing dwelling on a farm at this location.
- A report on the Province of Ontario's High Speed Rail business case was received by Council for information.
- The draft London Urban Agriculture Strategy was received by Council, with direction to engage partner organizations in reviewing the draft Strategy.
- Council approved the architect for the Byron Pool and Bathhouse Lifecycle renewal project, with a note that this and other new projects will include universal design change room and washrooms.
- Council decided not to move forward with releasing fire conviction information on the City's property information system at this time.
Honouring Thomas McClenaghan with the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for his contributions to our city.
Joined by Voices.com owners Stephanie and David Ciccarelli and members of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital (via Twitter @Voices)