As summer comes to a close, the London Transit Commission is preparing for some major changes ahead of the start of the school year.
The London Transit Commission will roll out Year Two of a five year system improvement plan on September 4th.
“The intent is to provide better – what I’ll call – ‘off-peak services’ within the resources that we have available,” Director of Transportation and Planning, John Ford, tells AM980.
“There may still be some isolated areas of the city at times but we’re really trying to improve that. The intent is to right-size the system, also grow the system. The system has to, if we’re going to increase ridership we have to provide the service, and especially looking toward the implementation of rapid transit down the road.”
In addition to 17,000 additional hours of service, 11 new operators, and 5 new buses, the system will also see some route changes with the most impactful being the reinvention of the 2 Dundas.
“Particularly out in the east end, we’re splitting the route at Hale Street, also increasing the frequency and branches that currently operate out there will be revised as well.”
The 2 Dundas will also be renamed the 2 Natural Science – Trafalgar Heights/Bonaventure, with the 2A turning south on Hale and then onto Trafalgar while the 2B continues on Dundas to Bonaventure.
Ford adds that the increase number of hours makes for an increase in costs, but he says the investment is important to meet demands and grow. However, he could not offer details of a potential fare increase.
“It is in this year’s budget in terms of a fare adjustment, there hasn’t been a decision as to whether we have to implement that this year or not. But as the system grows and costs increase obviously fares are one of the methods that we use to raise revenues.”
Information on all the changes can be found at the LTC’s website while hard copies of schedules will be rolled out next week and signage will be implemented at any stops that are impacted by the changes.