Bus riders will notice some changes on their regular bus route to work Tuesday morning.
Major changes to bus routes in the city began Sunday as part of an upgrade to the transit system timed specifically for the return of thousands of Western University and Fanshawe College students.
The route changes are the second part of a five year system improvement plan.
“This is probably the biggest services changes in my time here,” said LTC General Manager Kelly Paleczny. “We added 17,000 hours of service but the changes we made impacted 56,000 hours.”
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.
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.
The changes follow a review where LTC officials found there were some corridors where they had too much service, based on the ridership and other corridors where the frequency wasn’t adequate that led to overcrowding.
Paleczny they are planning an overhaul of transit in London.
“The intent over the five years is to do significant realignments to have a system where all of the routes are operating at frequencies that are appropriate for the ridership on those routes or that we project to see on those routes.”
Due to the increased number of hours, there will be an increase in costs. LTC Director of Transportation and Planning John Ford told AM980 there’s no word yet on whether that will lead to a 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.