Staff Report #8
April 13, 2023
To All Commissioners
Re: 2023 Transit Passenger Shelter Program
That the Commission APPROVE the following list of warranted locations for installation of non-advertising shelters in 2023:
- Wharncliffe at Oxford northbound
- Richmond at Central northbound
- Fanshawe at Dalmagarry eastbound
- Richmond at Pall Mall northbound
- Adelaide at Little Simcoe northbound
- Western at Elgin Drive northbound
- Dundas at Hewitt eastbound
- Oxford at Gammage westbound
- Richmond at Jacksway southbound
- Richmond at Kent northbound
- Adelaide at Oxford southbound
- Oxford at Fernley westbound
- Richmond at Mill southbound
- Hyde Park south of Oxford northbound
With the larger number of construction projects that have occurred over the past few years, there have been a number of existing shelter locations that have been permanently removed due to the impacts of construction projects, i.e. not enough space for the shelter to be reinstalled after the construction work has been completed or the permanent removal of the local stop location. As such, in 2023 there are excess shelters currently in storage at the Wonderland Facility, which need to be relocated to new stop locations.
Additionally, over the period of 2021 to 2022, 60 new non-advertising transit passenger shelters have been added across the London Transit network as part of the Investing in Canada – Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS), Bus Stop Amenity Upgrades program as submitted by Municipal Council and approved by the Federal government.
With the large number of shelters that have been installed over the past two years, coupled with the previously installed shelter locations needing new stop locations to be installed, it has become increasingly difficult to find appropriate stop locations that met the current shelter warrant system. An assessment of the shelter warrant criteria was undertaken to determine if modifications were warranted to expand the eligibility criteria.
Table I below sets out the existing shelter warrant and the changes that were made to expand the eligibility criteria.
Table I- Shelter Warrant Criteria
|Shelter Warrant Category||Existing Criteria||Updated Criteria|
|Daily Ridership||1 point for every 7 boardings up to a maximum score of 50. Requires at least 350 average daily boardings for full marks||1 point for every 5 boardings up to a maximum score of 40. Requires at least 200 boardings for full marks|
|Frequency of Service at the Stop||Locations with less frequency and longer wait times score higher||No change|
|Physical Applications||Exposure to the elements
Lighting at the stop
Potential sightline concerns
|Area Being Serviced||Hospital, retail, transfer points, senior complex, special needs facility||Added a category for Special Locations (Medical Offices, Medical supply stores, pharmacies) and increased the point value for transfer points from 5 to 10|
The updated shelter warrant criteria will give full ridership marks for any location with 200 daily boardings. In addition, under the area being serviced category, a new classification of Special Locations (medical offices, medical supply stores and pharmacies) has been added and the scoring for locations at transfer points has been increased. All other areas of the shelter warrant criteria have ben unchanged. The modifications in these two areas has resulted in additional locations meeting the minimum shelter warrant threshold to be considered for a shelter installation.
Table I below, sets out the warranted shelter priority list for 2023. The priority list contains highly scored stop locations that meet the current shelter warrant criteria.
2023 Shelter Priority List
|2046||Wharncliffe at Oxford NB||88|
|*||Richmond at Central NB||81|
|2614||Fanshawe at Dalmagarry EB||80|
|1496||Richmond at Pall Mall NB||78|
|53||Adelaide at Little Simcoe NB||72|
|1988||Western at Elgin Drive NB||71|
|576||Dundas at Hewitt EB||71|
|1297||Oxford at Gammage WB||70|
|1485||Richmond at Jacksway SB||68|
|1488||Richmond at Kent NB||64|
|68||Adelaide at Oxford SB||62|
|1290||Oxford at Fernley WB||62|
|1493||Richmond at Mill SB||62|
|1029||Hyde Park south of Oxford||60|
*Stop doesn’t have a stop ID as it is being relocated after the Central Cycle Lane
All of the above locations will have 4×8 non advertising shelters installed with shelters that are currently in storage at London Transit. In addition, due to structural damage to three canopy shelter locations, there is a need to purchase three new canopy shelters in 2023 to replace the shelters at existing locations listed below
- Brydges at Highbury Westbound
- Fanshawe at Phillbrook Westbound
- Dundas at Egerton Eastbound
On an annual basis, London Transit is also able to increase the existing shelter inventory by three additional shelters as per the provisions set out in our current maintenance contract with Outfront media. Given the large number of shelters to be relocated in 2023, as well as the need to purchase three new canopy shelters, no additional shelter locations are being proposed as part of the 2023 shelter program.
It is estimated that the cost of the purchasing the three new canopy shelters will be approximately $32,000 which has been accounted for in the 2023 capital budget.
Each shelter location will also require the installation of a concrete pad. Subject to Commission approval of the report recommendation, a Request for Quotation will be issued for the installation of concrete pads at all identified locations. A recommendation for award of the contract relating to the request for quotation will be presented at the Commission’s May 31, 2023 meeting.
Katie Burns, Director of Planning
Concurred in by:
Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager