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London Transit
London Transit logo.png
London Transit New Flyer.jpg
Slogan Wherever Life Takes You
Founded 1951 (from London Street Railway)
Headquarters 450 Highbury Avenue N
Service area London, Ontario
Service type Public Transit
Routes 36 regular routes, 3 Express, 3 School [1]
3 community buses
Fleet 195 buses
Annual ridership 24.1 million (2014) [2]
Operator City of London
Website http://londontransit.ca
A retired GM Classic bus in the old colour scheme

The London Transit Commission (LTC) is responsible for the operation of the public transit system on behalf of the City of London, Ontario, Canada. It offers the typical conventional bus service, and a para-transit service, for those unable to use the conventional service. In 2014, annual ridership totaled 24.1 million.[2] The LTC has 39 regular bus routes, 3 express routes, and 3 community bus routes.[1]

History

London Street Railway Company (LSR) a privately operated transit service, brought public transit to the city with the start of horse-drawn streetcar operations May 24, 1875, with electric power being introduced in 1895.[3] In later years, the city operated some routes, but in 1951 assumed control over all routes and formed the London Transportation Commission to operate them. [3][4] Until 1940, streetcars provided the bulk of the service. Streetcar system was converted to buses in late November 1940 (planned for the end of 1940, but forced by a blizzard that damaged trolley wires). In 1974, the LTC adopted its present name, and greatly expanded its service area to cover the newly annexed area in Middlesex County.[3] The system has evolved to feature community bus routes, para-transit services and accessible low floor buses with the rapid transit lines as the backbone. In 2003, the LTC opened bus terminals in Argyle Mall and Masonville malls.

Active fleet

As of 2010, the LTC has 191 transit buses in its fleet. Until recently, London Transit had one of the oldest transit fleets in Ontario, with many buses older than 25 years old. However, with new buses being purchased within the last decade, this has changed. All older model high-floor buses were phased out in 2012, making the LTC fully operated with low-floor accessible buses.

During peak service periods on weekdays there are over 154 buses on the road. Sunday service reduces that number to fewer than 50.

Ridership

After the public transit boom of the 1960s and 1970s, ridership began to slip. At that time almost every transit route was passing through London's downtown area. An attempted building of two downtown malls and the economic recession of the 1990s combined to force the downtown area into serious decline. An economic slump echoed in a parallel drop in ridership, made even worse by the traditional responses of service cuts and fare increases. Between 1987 and 1996, LTC ridership declined by almost 40 percent.

In 1994, the LTC began developing a comprehensive business plan to turn these trends around. Innovations included an overhauling of fare structure, re-thinking routes, bringing buses into mall areas (which would later become true terminal areas), and making standard public transit buses increasingly wheelchair-accessible. Post-secondary students attending the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College now receive a subsidised bus pass incorporated into their tuition: a program which has become a great success.

Due in large part to these measures, the LTC is currently experiencing a massive increase in ridership, straining current transit resources.

Plans

With the recent announcement of federal[5] and provincial[6] gas tax money for municipalities, the LTC has decided to spend funds on improving service, creating bus depots at major shopping centres, and purchasing new low-floor accessible buses.

All LTC buses are equipped with GPS technology which automates stop announcements.[7] There is also a proposal to allow LTC buses to lengthen the timing of traffic signals at key intersections to improve service.[8]

In 2009, new digital message signs were placed at strategic transit stops to tell passengers when the bus is expected to arrive. The LTC website also allows customers to check when a particular bus will arrive in real-time.

Also in 2009, London Transit began equipping some buses with bicycle racks. This allows for cyclists to ride the bus while transporting their bike as well. The program was initially being tested on four routes, and was later expanded in 2011 to include the entire fleet.

In 2011, a second transit garage opened in the west end of the city to improve efficiency and create room for a larger transit fleet. Currently, the Wonderland Road Garage houses approximately 40 buses, with expansion room to store 60 more.

In 2013, London Transit introduced their first semi-express route, Route 90. It initially operated between downtown and Masonville Place via Richmond, with limited stops. In 2014, Route 90 was extended south to White Oaks Mall via Wellington Road. In addition, Route 91 was added to run on Oxford Street between Wonderland Road and Fanshawe College. In 2015, Route 92 was introduced, running from Masonville Place to Victoria Hospital, largely via Adelaide Street.

The City and LTC have begun to plan for the future Transportation Master Plan. The research program will be called "Smart Moves: What Moves You?" and will take transportation goals in London to 2030. For LTC, the study will examine rapid transit corridors while considering Bus Rapid Transit and other Rapid Transit options.

AM 980 reported that the city's planning staff had put forward a plan to introduce rapid transit.[9] [10] [11] [12] The plan would cost $1.2 billion, and would include both a bus rapid transit and a light rail components.

2009 transit strike

On November 16, 2009, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 741 representing bus drivers and support workers went on strike, the first transit strike for London Transit since 1980. The strike affected all public routes, however specialized transit services for the disabled continued to operate.

To lessen the inconvenience on university students, the University of Western Ontario (UWO) increased its shuttle bus service. As well, the University Student's Council (USC) secured rental vans driven by volunteers looping around the city picking up students at key areas and dropping them off at the university. A community-based approach was taken by the USC including a flag-a-ride program and a shuttle service for groceries.[13] David Empey president of the UWO staff association was against this volunteer service helping students calling it "scab labor" and said it was irresponsible to set up a system which replaced the job of striking workers. Despite this information pickets were set up at the University encouraging students to help their cause. "The strike is really inconveniencing people who are paid even less than the drivers," said a third-year Western student."This shuttle is a good idea. I had hoped they'd put something like this together. We still have to pay for our transit pass" even if there's a strike.[14]

On December 7, 2009, ATU turned down the LTC's "Final Offer" of 9.3% wage hike over three years. This offer was rejected by 78.5% (322 of 410) of the ATU membership.[15]

The strike ended on December 14, 2009.[16]

Routes

London Transit operates the following routes as of September 2017. Buses display a route number, "to" a destination "via" a street or neighborhood. All routes are wheelchair accessible.

Regular Routes

Buses serving these routes stop at blue bus-stop signs.

Route Terminus Terminus Via Service Other Major Destinations Notes
1A N Kipps Lane S Pond Mills Road Wellington & Dundas Daily Glen Cairn Plaza, Downtown, St. Joseph's Hospital Buses end southbound trips at Commissioners Road and Deveron Crescent, and return northbound via King Edward Street as route 1B.
1B N Kipps Lane S King Edward Street Wellington & Dundas Daily Glen Cairn Plaza, Downtown, St. Joseph's Hospital Buses end southbound trips at Commissioners Road and Deveron Crescent, and return northbound via Pond Mills Road as route 1A.
2A W Natural Sciences (UWO) E Trafalgar Heights Hale & Trafalgar Daily Downtown, Banting Museum Eastbound buses go to Argyle Mall via Clarke Road.
2B W Natural Sciences (UWO) E Bonaventure Drive Dundas Street Daily Downtown, Banting Museum, Argyle Mall.
3A W Downtown E Argyle Mall Fairmont Daily Fairmont Plaza
3B W Downtown E Argyle Mall Hamilton Road Daily Fairmont Plaza
4A N Fanshawe College S White Oaks Mall Downtown Daily Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, Oxbury Mall Buses travel counter-clockwise at the south end.
4B N Fanshawe College S White Oaks Mall Downtown Daily Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, Oxbury Mall Buses travel clockwise at the south end.
5A W Byron E Downtown Springbank Drive Daily Springbank Park Service via Springback.
5B W Byron E Downtown Springbank Drive Daily Springbank Park Service via Gardenwood Drive from Monday to Saturday during evening service only.
6 N Natural Sciences (UWO) S Parkwood Hospital Richmond Street Daily St. Joseph's Hospital, Downtown, Victoria Hospital Buses arriving at Natural Sciences Centre continue as route 9C to Whitehills during evening service (after 7pm).
7 W Downtown E Argyle Mall York Street Daily
9A N Whitehills S Downtown Sarnia Road Daily, but daytime service only Sherwood Forest Square Buses operate counter-clockwise at the north end.
9B N Whitehills S Downtown Sarnia Road Daily, but daytime service only Sherwood Forest Square Buses operate clockwise at the north end.
9C W Whitehills E Natural Sciences (UWO) Sarnia Road Daily, but evening service only Sherwood Forest Square Buses operate counter-clockwise at the west end. Buses arriving at Natural Sciences depart as route 6 to Parkwood Hospital.
10 N Natural Sciences (UWO) or Masonville Place S White Oaks Mall Wonderland Road Daily Westmount Mall Buses serve Masonville Place Monday to Friday during afternoons and early evening only. Buses serve Masonville Place Saturday and Sunday during daytime service only. Buses serve Teeple Terrace on Monday to Saturday during evening service only. Buses serve Teeple Terrace on all trips on Sunday.
11 W Westmount Mall E Downtown Wharncliffe Road Daily
12 S Wharncliffe at Wonderland N Downtown Wharncliffe Road Daily Wonderland Power Centre, Children’s Museum
13 N Masonville Place S White Oaks Mall Richmond & Wellington Daily Downtown, St. Joseph's Hospital, University Hospital, Masonville Place Route 13 buses arriving at White Oaks Mall depart as route 13A.
13A N Masonville Place S White Oaks Mall Westminster Park Daily Downtown, St. Joseph's Hospital, University Hospital, Masonville Place Route 13A buses arriving at White Oaks Mall depart as route 13.
14 N Huron and Barker at Huron S White Oaks Mall Highbury Avenue Daily Westminster Plaza, Northland Mall, Oxbury Mall, Pond Mills Square Routes arriving at White Oaks Mall depart as Route 10 Northbound.
15A W Westmount Mall
or
Dalhousie
E Downtown Old South Daily Wortley Village Service to Dalhousie.
15B W Westmount Mall
or
Dalhousie
E Downtown Old South Daily Wortley Village Service to Cranbrook.
16A N Masonville Place S Pond Mills Adelaide Daily Pond Mills Square, Banting Museum, Victoria Hospital Service to Victoria Hospital Monday to Saturday during daytime trips only. No service to Victoria Hospital on Sunday. The last trip southbound serves both Pond Mills and Summerside.
16B N Masonville Place S Summerside Adelaide Daily Pond Mills Square, Banting Museum, Victoria Hospital Service to Victoria Hospital Monday to Saturday during daytime trips only. No service to Victoria Hospital on Sunday. The last trip southbound serves both Pond Mills and Summerside.
17A W Byron E Argyle Mall Oxford Street Daily Fanshawe College, Cherryhill Village Mall, Oakridge Superstore Plaza
17B W Riverbend E Argyle Mall Oxford Street Monday to Friday daytime only Fanshawe College, Cherryhill Village Mall, Oakridge Superstore Plaza
19 N Hyde Park Power Centre S Downtown Hyde Park Road Daily Oakridge Superstore Plaza
20 W Beaverbrook
or
Capulet
E Fanshawe College Downtown Daily Cherryhill Village Mall Service to Beaverbrook Monday to Friday daytime service only. Service to Capulet Lane only at all other service hours.
21 W Downtown E Huron Heights Cheapside Street Daily Northland Mall Buses travel counter-clockwise at the east end.
24 W Talbot Village E Victoria Hospital Base Line Road Monday to Saturday only. Daytime service only. Westmount Mall
25 N Masonville Place S Fanshawe College Grenfell Drive Daily Northland Mall Routes through Grenfell area that was served previously by the 13.
26 N Downtown S White Oaks Mall Wharncliffe Road Daily Buses travel clockwise at the south end.
27 W Kipps Lane E Fanshawe College Huron Street Monday to Friday only. Daytime service only. Northland Mall Buses travel clockwise at the west end.
28 N Westmount Mall S Lambeth Wharncliffe Road Monday to Friday only. Peak period service only. Wonderland Power Centre
30 W White Oaks Mall E Cheese Factory Road Wilton Grove Road Monday to Friday only. Peak period service only Operates in two loops, both clockwise.
31 W Hyde Park Power Centre E Alumni Hall (UWO) Orchard Park Daily Interlined with Route 19 and 32. Buses arriving at Hyde Park Power Centre departs as Route 19. Buses arriving at Alumni Hall (UWO) departs as Route 32.
32 W Alumni Hall (UWO) E Huron Street and Highbury Avenue Windermere Road Daily Interlined with Route 31. Buses arriving at Alumni Hall (UWO) departs as Route 31.
33 W Proudfoot E Alumni Hall (UWO) Platt's Lane Monday to Friday only Cherryhill Village Mall Forest Hill served eastbound during morning service, and westbound during afternoon service.
34 N Masonville Place S Alumni Hall (UWO) Ambleside Daily. Interlined with Route 40. Buses arriving at Masonville Place depart as Route 40.
35 N Argyle Mall S Trafalgar Heights Marconi Boulevard Daily
36 W Fanshawe College E London Airport Oxford Street Monday to Friday only Daytime and late-evening service only.
37 N Argyle Mall S Neptune Crescent Sovereign Road Monday to Friday peak-period only
38 W Masonville Place E Stoney Creek Sunningdale Daily Interlined with Route 39. Buses arriving at Masonville Place depart as Route 39.
39 W Hyde Park Power Centre E Masonville Place Fanshawe Park Road West Daily Interlined with Route 38. Buses arriving at Masonville Place depart as Route 38.
40 W Masonville Place E Northridge Fanshawe Park Road East Daily Interlined with Route 34. Buses arriving at Masonville Place depart as Route 34.

Express Routes

These routes are limited-stop service. Buses serving these routes stop only at orange bus-stop signs.

Route Terminus Terminus Via Service Other Major Destinations
90 N Express to Masonville Place S Express to White Oaks Mall Richmond Street and Wellington Road Daily. Daytime service only. St. Joseph's Hospital, Downtown, Victoria Hospital
91 W Express to Oxford Street and Wonderland Road E Express to Fanshawe College Oxford Street Monday to Friday daytime only Cherryhill Village Mall, Oxbury Mall
92 N Express to Masonville Place S Express to Victoria Hospital Adelaide Street Monday to Friday daytime only

Community Routes

The following regularly scheduled limited service routes operate to provide special access to seniors and individuals with impaired mobility to major shopping destinations. They are not designed as an alternative to the paratransit service.

Route Terminus Terminus Service Other Major Destinations
51 W Westmount Mall E Cherryhill Village Mall Monday. Midday service only Cherryhill Circle, Forest Hill
52 W Oakridge Superstore Plaza E Cherryhill Village Mall Tuesday. Midday service only Cherryhill Circle, Forest Hill
53 W Hyde Park Power Centre E Cherryhill Village Mall Wednesday. Midday service only Cherryhill Circle, Forest Hill
54 W Costco at Farrah Road E Cherryhill Village Mall Thursday. Midday service only Cherryhill Circle, Forest Hill
55 N Masonville Place S Cherryhill Village Mall Friday. Midday service only Cherryhill Circle, Forest Hill

Additional service to University and to Fanshawe College

The following routes are in service Monday to Friday only, from September to April only, and only when the University of Western Ontario has scheduled orientation, classes, or exams. There is decreased service during exam season.

Route Terminus Terminus Via Service Notes
29 W Capulet Lane E Natural Sciences (UWO) Sarnia Road University days only Reduced service during exams.
102 N Natural Sciences (UWO) S Downtown Western Road and Wharncliffe Road University days only Buses serve routes 102 and 106 as a single, bidirectional loop.
106 N Natural Sciences (UWO) S Downtown Richmond Street University days only Buses serve routes 102 and 106 as a single, bidirectional loop. St. Joseph's Hospital is along this route.

The following route is in service from Monday to Saturday only, from September to April only, and only when Fanshawe College has scheduled classes or exams.

Route Terminus Terminus Via Service Other Major Destinations
104 N Fanshawe College S Ridout Street and Grand Avenue Oxford Street Fanshawe College days only Downtown

Additional summer service

Route Terminus Terminus Via Service
400 N Masonville Place S Argyle Mall Fanshawe Conservation Area and Pioneer Village Saturday and Sunday only. July and August only.


References

  1. ^ a b London Transit - Routes and Schedules
  2. ^ a b "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). London Transit Commission. April 27, 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "130 Years - Past and Present 1875 - 2005" (PDF). London Transit. Retrieved April 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Wyatt, David. "Transit History of London, Ontario". All-Time List of Canadian Transit Systems. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. ^ Finance Canada Archived 2008-06-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Ontario government Archived 2006-09-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Smart Bus Technology" (PDF). London Transit Commission. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Transit Priority Strategy For Bus Rapid Transit Implementation" (PDF). City of London Transportation 2030 Master Plan. Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  9. ^ Patrick Maloney (2015-05-22). "City hall recommending pair of corridors to serve as spines of London's proposed rapid-transit system". London Free Press. Retrieved 2015-11-05. In a city with about 40 transit routes, the future may be built around two main corridors.
  10. ^ "New city report says it would cost $850 million to build a light rail transit system in London". London Free Press. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. The report spells out four options for rapid transit, the cheapest of which, using just buses, would cost roughly $260 million. The third-costliest, the bus-light rail hybrid that staff is proposing, is at least $850 million.
  11. ^ "New city report outlines 'hybrid' rapid transit plan for London". CTV News. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. The Shift Rapid Transit Update lays out what could be the largest infrastructure project in London's history. Currently, London is the largest city in Canada without rapid transit in place.
  12. ^ "City of London Unveils Proposed Transit Overhaul, Nearly $1-Billion Cost". AM 980. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. A report going before the city’s Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on Monday outlines four alternatives for rapid transit in London, but suggests a hybrid network — combining bus and light rail vehicles — as the preferred option.
  13. ^ http://www.mustangsmovingmustangs.com[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Dubinski, Kate (2009-11-18). "UWO shuttle bus service rapped". London Free Press.
  15. ^ https://lfpress.com/news/london/2009/12/07/12069726.html
  16. ^ Maloney, Patrick (2009-12-15). "Bus strike's over". London Free Press.

External links

  • London Transit Commission Website
  • Drawings and photos of London Transit buses
  • ATU Local 741
  • List of London Transit Buses. also History of the buses
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