Staff Report #2 Re: 2019 Transit Shelter Program

Staff Report #2

April 24, 2019

To All Commissioners

Re: 2019 Transit Shelter Program


That the Commission APPROVE the following list of warranted locations for installation of non-advertising shelters in 2019:

  1. Western north of Phillip Aziz northbound
  2. Western and Elgin Drive southbound
  3. Richmond and University Drive southbound
  4. Wharncliffe south of Baseline northbound (alternate 1)
  5. Western and Lambton northbound (alternate 2)

It being noted that:

  • the sites are subject to approval by the City of London (i.e. sightlines, utility locates, traffic flow and safety); and
    • if required, a signed encroachment agreement with the property owner must be obtained


As per the current shelter contract with Outfront Media, London Transit has the ability to add three new shelters to the existing inventory on an annual basis.

Table I below, sets out the warranted shelter priority list for 2019. The priority list contains three highly scored stop locations that meet the current shelter warrant criteria and two alternates should one of the top scoring locations not be deemed feasible for installation.

Table I

2019 Shelter Priority List

Priority Location Ranking
1 Western north of Philip Aziz northbound 75
2 Western and Elgin Drive southbound 75
3 Richmond and University Drive southbound *
Alt 1 Western south of Baseline northbound *
Alt 2 Western and Lambton northbound *

* location doesn’t have a warrant score, but is being recommended as it is a new Express

Route stop

Requests for shelters come from the following sources:

  • ridership data acquired from the Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system
  • customer/public requests
  • suggestions from employees
  • internal review of transfer points and high use stops
  • site plan review process for new developments, road works, and neighbourhood improvements

Potential sites for shelters are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • passenger usage
  • average passenger wait time
  • physical site conditions
  • service area

Points are assigned for each element and locations are evaluated as requests are received. Shelter warrant scores and rankings are updated on an annual basis utilizing the most up-to-date Automatic Passenger Count (APC) data available.

As previously mentioned, the alternate locations will be considered if the priority sites are determined to be unusable. There are an increasing number of locations that meet the warrant criteria but either have sightline issues (therefore not approved by the City of London) or encroach onto property where an agreement cannot be obtained. Such locations will not be considered for future shelter programs unless the physical site and/or ownership conditions change. Locations that require an encroachment agreement and are not granted will be replaced with the next highest ranking warranted site.

It is estimated that the cost of the 2019 shelter program will be approximately $29,000 which has been accounted for in the 2019 capital budget.

Recommended by:

Katie Burns, Director of Planning

Concurred in by:

Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager