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Let’s discuss Rapid Transit for Ward 9!
Shift London’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan and the Master Transportation Plan contain many exciting opportunities for London and addresses many critical issues. While Ward 9 has many natural resources, there are several places where residents must travel to in order to access, such as movies theatres, university/college campus, Budweiser Gardens. Most households rely on privately-owned vehicles.
Currently five bus routes (5, 12, 17, 24 and 28) run through Ward 9. With little connectivity to each other, it makes it virtually impossible to travel throughout the Ward using public transit exclusively. LTC is trying to optimize its routes, which often means the suffering of the few for the benefit of the many. Projections for Southwest London indicate the population will increase by an estimated 28,800 from 87,500 to 116,300. As baby boomers continue to retire, the nature and implementation of public transit will remain a hotly debated subject.
When I moved to Byron from Toronto in 1985 with my young family I had to get my driver’s license to be able to get to stores, schools etc. Getting a second car was affordable then but today it is not, one reason why millennials today embrace transit.
This is why I support London’s biggest infrastructure project. Better transit benefits everyone. This project gives people choices, mobility options, and represents investments for the public good. We started this plan and conversation in 2006. It has been a slow process and we are finally here finishing off our EA and about to implement Rapid Transit.
Transit initiatives reduce taxes compared to road expansion and development. The BRT plan supports the London Plan, encouraging us to develop in and up. The city contribution is through development charges which is the money charged for new buildings and growth.
By moving ahead we are reducing congestion on road, taking care of environmental and economic concerns and creating more jobs and saving you increases to your property taxes.
As we plan our City for the next generation, Rapid Transit will be a complicated issue but we must weigh all interests carefully and of course there will be concerns. As the LTC continues to optimize its service, routes will have both routing and schedule changes.
We have a long way to go when it comes to autonomous vehicles. How much will the supporting infrastructure cost for these vehicles? Who bears the liability? Replacing the driver but not reducing the number of vehicles does not solve congestion. How do we relinquish control and how will these vehicles pick up other modes of transportation like bikes? How can we ensure that electricity costs will stay affordable? What happens when the hydro goes out? With increased uptake, will electric vehicles place heavier demands on the grid?
There are BRT questions that still need to be asked. What is the concept for the supporting feeder routes that for the BRT spine? How does the spine support the feeder routes?
As the population of Ward 9 increases and as our population ages, as London explores more opportunities to be environmentally conscious, public transit will continue to be an important topic.
I look forward to a well-integrated transit system that reduces environmental harm, saves Londoners transportation costs and reduces road congestion. Let’s be part of the solution!
Contact me at email@example.com or call 226-927-0439.
calling all volunteers - volunteer registration now open for london 2018 summer games
Calling all volunteers! The London 2018 Ontario Summer Games Host Organizing Committee has announced the official launch of their volunteer registration program. Approximately 1000 volunteers will be needed when London welcomes more than 3500 participants, along with their friends and families over the long weekend, August 2nd – 5th, 2018.
For volunteers, this is a great opportunity to gain experience at a multi-sport Games, meet fellow Londoners, and come accreditation, sport and event operations, transportation, and Opening Ceremony, to just name a few!
Those looking to register or learn more are asked to visit www.london2018.ca/volunteer, where they will be asked to submit their information and areas of interest. There is no fee to volunteer, however a Vulnerable Sector Check is required. Uniforms will be provided and applying to volunteer does not guarantee selection.
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- Community Grants - Applications are now being accepted from not-for-profit organizations for the 2019 Innovation & Capital Stream of the London Community Grants Program. Learn more here and plan to attend the information session on Mar 21 from 5-6 PM.
- Dundas Place - Construction will begin soon on this important project. Stay up-to-date by visiting mydundas.ca.
- Apply to City Programs - Do you have questions about City services or programs and need help applying to them? Join us at a Neighbourhood Service Days event. We’ll be there to provide information on many City services and programs, and will help with registration on-site.
- Expansion of Gaming - What do Londoners want? Share your feedback by taking a survey or attending a public information session Mar 22 at Kiwanis Seniors' Community Centre. Learn more here.
- Going Away? Shut the Water Off! - Going away for March Break? Don't forget to shut off your water. Shutting the water off at the main shut-off valve when going away on vacation is the best way to protect your home from leaks and large water bills!
- Ontario Summer Games - Help London welcome over 3,500 participants, along with their friends and families, to our city for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games from August 2 - 5. Volunteer registration is now open!
- Getting to 60% Diversion - Our current rate is only 45%. Visit the Why Waste Virtual Open House where you can help design the programs to reach our 60% waste diversion goal. Provide feedback on recycling, how to handle food waste, the benefits, and the costs until March 31, 2018.
- Recreation Job Postings - Check out all the great spring and summer job opportunities with Parks & Rec! You'll find jobs in a variety of areas including: summer camps, golf courses, Storybook Gardens, lifeguards and Spectrum instructors.
Riverbend North proposed stop sign changes
Please note the proposed changes coming before Civic Works Committee Mon Mar 19, 2018 that will impact the area of Shore Rd/Riverbend Rd/Logans Run. If adopted, changes will go into effect in the next couple of weeks.
Byron Pool Revitalization plans
New Bath House and Pool Design 2019
Public Open House Thur Apr 5, 2018
Byron Optimist Community Centre
1306 Norman Ave
5 - 7 PM
Update on silverleaf park connections
For those interested in the development going in on the southwest corner of Pack Rd and Colonel Talbot Rd, work on the bridges over the stream is to start in early March. To learn more, download the document below for timelines and details.
smart cities challenge
Announced by Infrastructure Canada, the Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) across Canada. BUT London needs YOUR input! Share your bright ideas at getinvolved.london.ca/smartcities.
Interested in running for city councillor?
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Saturday Apr 7th at City Hall, 10 AM - 3 PM
Proposed Abattoir application at 8076 Longwoods Road
- Currently at the Ontario Municipal Board
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