Staff Report #4
April 28, 2021
To All Commissioners
Re: Rapid Transit Implementation Update
That the report be NOTED and FILED.
In October 2020, Municipal Council voted to dissolve the Rapid Transit Implementation Working Group, which was historically relied upon to provide updates to the Commission with respect to progress on the Rapid Transit Implementation. As such, update reports regarding progress will be provided to the Commission through Administration, noting civic administration will be invited to attend Commission meetings should the subject matter warrant.
Over the last several months work has continued to progress on the detailed design for the downtown loop, with construction on King Street underway (see Staff Report #5, dated April 28, 2021). Work is nearing completion of the 90% detailed design for Queens and Ridout, which is anticipated to begin construction in 2022. 50% design levels have been completed for Wellington between King and Queens with 90% detailed design anticipated to be completed in the coming weeks.
London Transit administration continues to work with the City of London and AECOM/Dillon on the station design concepts. Figure I below sets out a high level design concept for the curbside stations in the downtown. The stations are designed to be modular and scaled to fit each location. Some of the key design features include:
- large passenger waiting platform
- passenger shelters with seating and windscreens
- ticket vending machines
- emergency intercoms and security cameras
- real-time message signs to indicate next bus arrival times and;
- wayfinding signage
Figure I: King and Talbot Rapid Transit Station Rendering
Work continues on finalizing the detailed design for the shelters including the selection of materials to be used at the stations, how public art will be incorporated into the shelter design and the location and size of the variable messaging signs to provide real-time information to passengers.
Work has also begun on the preliminary designs for the East London Link and Wellington Gateway projects. Work is progressing on the design for the Fanshawe College Terminal on the East London Link and initial discussions have begun to start reviewing possible options for a Park and Ride facility on the Wellington Gateway corridor.
London Transit administration will continue to work with the City of London and the consultants to progress the project and provide updates to the Commission as required.
Katie Burns, Director of Planning
Concurred in by:
Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager