Proposed Route 9/31 Changes

NOTE: This proposed routing change is under further review and is subject to further public consultation.

To comment take the online survey or attend a public meeting on February 19 at the Central Library, 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm.

Current Routing

Proposed Routing – Option 1

Proposed Routing – Option 2

 

During the public consultation period, concerns were raised with respect to the proposed changes on Routes 9 and 31 through the Whitehills area.  The main concerns were related to Route 9 operating along Limberlost and Route 31 operating along Aldersbrook.  From the feedback received the majority of residents living along Limberlost indicated they are destined to Western University and conversely the majority of residents living along Aldersbrook indicated they are destined to downtown.

In response to the feedback, two alternative routing options through Whitehills are proposed. Option 1 would serve the intersection of Wonderland and Fanshawe Park Roads and provide two-way service along Limberlost. Option 2 would provide two-way service along Sarnia Road and Aldersbrook Road and terminate at Hyde Park Power Centre; frequency would decrease slightly on Route 9 and increase on Route 31 in option 2.

The two alternative routing changes in Whitehills will have some impacts on passengers who currently have a one-bus ride to their destination. Passengers on Aldersbrook that currently have Route 9 service, may lose direct downtown transit service while gaining direct University service. Passengers on Limberlost will lose direct service to the Hyde Park Power Centre and either Western University or Downtown. Regardless of the alternative chosen, the overall impact is not expected to be significant as there are many transfer opportunities along Sarnia and Western Roads.

In both alternatives, service through the Orchard Park neighbourhood would be removed, leaving a small section of the area more than 400m to transit stop.

In both alternatives, there is a loss of transit service on Aldersbrook Road east of Aldersbrook Gate; however, there are only 30 daily riders who currently board or alight in this area and the majority will be within 400 metres of the proposed Route 9 stops.

The elimination of the Route 31/32 interline would remove a direct connection between the Hyde Park Centre/Aldersbrook Road and Kipps Ln/Huron & Highbury. While the current 31/32 routing provides a direct connection between the Power Centre and East London on average it is faster to connect with Route 38/39 along Fanshawe Park Road between the two areas. Ridership productivity and growth as a whole is projected to increase with the changes.

Finally, Route 9 will no longer be interlined with Route 6 in the evenings and will operate to downtown during all time periods.

Frequency – Route 9 – Option 1

Weekday Time Period Early AM AM Peak Base PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 17 16 15 15 22 32
Existing Headway 15 15 15 15 30 30

 

Saturday Time Period Early AM Base AM Peak PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 60 32 23 25 32 30
Existing Headway 60 30 30 30 30 30

 

Sunday Time Period Early AM Base Peak Evening
Proposed Headway 60 33 23 30
Existing Headway 60 30 30 30

Frequency – Route 31 – Option 1

Weekday Time Period Early AM AM Peak Base PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 48 28 27 30 55 48
Existing Headway 30 30 30 30 60 60

 

Saturday Time Period Early AM Base Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 50 25 27 52 48
Existing Headway 35 30 30 60 60

 

Sunday Time Period Early AM Base Peak Evening
Proposed Headway 50 50 50
Existing Headway 60 60 60

Frequency – Route 9 – Option 2

Weekday Time Period Early AM AM Peak Base PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 25 22 20 20 40 35
Existing Headway 15 15 15 15 30 30

 

Saturday Time Period Early AM Base AM Peak PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 60 35 25 25 40 35
Existing Headway 60 30 30 30 30 30

 

Sunday Time Period Early AM Base Peak Evening
Proposed Headway 60 35 40 33
Existing Headway 60 30 30 30

Frequency – Route 31 – Option 2

Weekday Time Period Early AM AM Peak Base PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 20 18 15 18 23 40
Existing Headway 30 30 30 30 60 60

 

Saturday Time Period Early AM Base Peak Early Evening Late Evening
Proposed Headway 40 22 22 42 40
Existing Headway 35 30 30 60 60

 

Sunday Time Period Early AM Base Peak Evening
Proposed Headway 40 22 40
Existing Headway 60 60