Draft 2018 Service Plan Changes

Each year, London Transit develops an annual service plan to improve the transit network and operations. The process involves the creation of a draft plan, a period for public feedback and further review, and completion of the final recommendations.

 

The draft service plan took direction from the approved Route Structure and Service Guidelines Review, input from the public, Operators, Inspectors and Dispatchers, as well as from current operational realities. The draft plan is comprised of routing modifications, frequency improvements, additional service to reduce late buses, and operating hour extensions.

 

There are more service improvements proposed in the plan than the budget allows. Service changes will be refined through public feedback and further analysis before the final recommendations for implementation are developed. The final recommendations will be presented at the January 31, 2018 commission meeting and approved changes are anticipated to be implemented in September, 2018.

A summary of the draft plan is described below; if you would like more detailed explanations for the proposed changes, refer to Staff Report #1, from the November 1, 2017 Commission meeting.

 Public Engagement

There are three primary ways you can provide feedback on the 2018 Draft Service Plan: complete our online survey, attend a public information session, or email planning staff.

 

Public Information Sessions will be held from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on the following dates:

 

Tuesday, November 14

Central Public Library

Thursday, November 16

Westmount Shopping Centre

Wednesday, November 22

Byron Public Library

Tuesday, November 28

Cherryhill Public Library

Thursday, November 30*

Central Library*

Thursday, December 7

Central Library

*Annual Commission Open House

 Proposed Routing Modifications

Ten routes are affected by proposed routing modifications and are grouped by area in the following map. Click on any of the areas or scroll down for more information on the proposed route modifications.

 Westmount Area and Route 3 Changes                                      back to top^

 

Routing changes are being proposed in the Westmount Area to remove service duplication, increase reliability and create more direct routes. All of the changes surround the elimination of Route 23. The removal is proposed because the route largely duplicates other service in the area.

 

To cover Route 23’s service to Berkshire Village and create a faster route between Westmount Mall and downtown, Route 11 is proposed to be re-routed along Topping La., Berkshire Dr., and Robin Rd. The more direct route will also help reduce late buses on Route 7/11. Frequency for Route 7/11 is proposed to be increased from 30 minutes to 20 minutes on weekdays between 7 am and 9:30 am and 2 pm and 6 pm.

 

An alternating A and B branch is proposed to be introduced on Route 5. Branch A would operate along Springbank following the existing daytime routing. Branch B largely follows current evening routing along Berkshire, Gardenwood and Kernohan Parkway. To provide sufficient time for these changes Route 5 is proposed to be interlined with Route 3. This will help reduce late buses on both routes.

 

 

Due to the changes proposed to Route 11Route 10 would not deviate to serve Teeple Terrace and Berkshire Dr. during evenings and all day Sunday. This will reduce the amount of late buses during these time periods on the Route 10.
 

The Farnham/Dalhousie loop is proposed to operate as an alternate A branch of Route 15 during all time periods. The Cranbrook loop, currently served by Route 11 is proposed to operate as the other B branch of Route 15. This will create a direct service for Route 11 between Westmount Mall and downtown. The changes will also reduce late buses on both Route 11 and 15/21.
 

Route 24 is proposed to be re-routed to operate along Commissioners Road between Viscount and Wonderland. This will create a faster route and reduce late buses.
 

All changes in this section are highly interdependent and are intended to improve the efficiency of the transit sytem.

 

 East - Route 7 Argyle Mall Changes                                            back to top^

 

Route 7 is proposed to operate between Argyle Mall and Downtown directly, serving Wavell between Clarke Rd. and Dundas St. only once. The route will proceed directly to the mall from the West, serve the Wavell loop, between Clarke and Dundas, return to the mall and then proceed directly towards downtown. The change will make Route 7 the fastest bus between Downtown and Arygle Mall. This in conjunction with increased frequency on Route 7 due to the Westmount Area changes will help draw riders from Route 2. As a result, overcrowding and late buses are anticipated to decrease on Route 2.

 Downtown - Route 3 Dufferin Ave. Changes                                back to top^

 

Route 3 Sunday service is proposed to be removed from Dufferin Ave. and moved to Queens Ave. to maintain consistency with the Monday to Saturday routing.

 Riverbend - Route 17B Change                                                   back to top^


 

Final routing for Riverbend was initially intended to run from Kains Rd. to Westdel Bourne to Shore Rd to Riverbend Road to Oxford and back to Byron. Due to phasing of the Riverbend development, the initial and current routing for the area made a shorter loop. The Riverbend development is now reaching full build-out supporting the review of a routing change to more closely match the final routing.

 Beaverbrook - Route 20 Extended Oakcrossing Loop Service     back to top^

It is proposed to extend the Oakcrossing loop service on Route 20 to weekday evenings and weekend daytime periods.

 Freequency Improvements                                                                back to top^

Frequency improvements are proposed for the following routes and time periods based on high ridership demand to improve service, boost ridership, and reduce overcrowding:

Route 2 -              Weekdays 9 pm-12 am - From 30 to 20 minutes. Will also reduce late buses.

Route 7/11 -   Weekdays 7-9 am and 2-6 pm - From 30 to 20 minutes

Route 12 -      Sundays 10 am to 6 pm – From 60 to 30 minutes

Route 15/21 - Weekdays 6-9 pm - From 30 to 20 minutes.

Route 17 -      Weekdays 6-9 pm - From 30 to 20 minutes.

Route 29 -            Weekdays 7 am - 12 pm - From 15 to 12 minutes. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 29 -      Weekdays 8-10 pm - From 20 to 13 minutes. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 33 -      Weekdays 1-6 pm - From 15 to 13 minutes. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 33 -            Weekdays 6-9 pm - From 30 to 17 minutes. Will reduce late buses. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 90 -      Weekdays 11 am - 2 pm - From 20 to 15 minutes.

Route 90 -      Sundays 11 am - 6 pm - From 30 to 20 minutes.

Route 102 -    Weekdays 6-9 pm - From 45 to 22 minutes. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 102 -    Weekdays 11am-2pm - From 15 to 12 minutes. Will reduce late buses.

Route 106 -    Weekdays 6-9 pm – From 40 to 20 minutes. Fall/ Winter Only.

 Additional Service to Reduce Late Buses                                         back to top^

Adding additional service to a route at specific times can improve reliability and reduce late buses, often with reliability benefits beyond the defined time period. The following routes are proposed to have reliability improvements at the times listed:

Route 2 -        Weekdays 10 am - 12 pm and Saturdays 12-9 pm

Route 4 -        Weekdays 4-6 pm

Route 4 -        Saturdays 12-9 pm - Will also increase frequency from 30 to 25 minutes.

Route 6 -        Saturdays 12-6 pm

Route 6 -        Weekdays 2-6 pm - Will also increase frequency from 30 to 25 minutes.

Route 12 -      Weekdays 4-6 pm

Route 16 -      Weekdays 1-2 pm

Route 16 -      Saturdays 8-10 am - Will also increase frequency from 30 to 25 minutes.

Route 17 -      Weekdays 2-4 pm

Route 24 -      Weekdays 3-6 pm - Decrease frequency from 30 to 35 minutes to reduce late buses.

Route 29 -      Weekdays 4-6 pm - Will also increase frequency from 15 to 13 minutes. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 33 -      Weekdays 7 am - 1 pm - Decrease frequency from 15 to 17 minutes to reduce late buses. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 90 -      Weekdays 4-6 pm

Route 90 -      Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm -Will also increase frequency from 30 to 25 minutes.

Route 102/106 - Weekdays 4-6 pm - Fall/Winter Only.

 Operating Hour Extensions                                         back to top^

Extensions to the hours of service are proposed for the following routes to improve connections, increase ridership, and alleviate overcrowding concerns on nearby routes:

Route 27 -      Saturdays 11 am - 9 pm - Introduce 40 minute frequency service. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 29 -      Fridays 6-10 pm - Extend Monday-Thursday schedule to Friday. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 29 -      Weekends 12-9 pm - Introduce 35 minute frequency service. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 33 -      Fridays 6-10 pm - Extend Monday-Thursday schedule to Friday. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 90 -      Weekdays 6:30-9 pm - Introduce 35 minute frequency service.

Route 91 -      Saturday 11 am - 9 pm and Sundays 12-8 pm - Introduce 25 minute frequency service.

Route 102 -    Weekdays 9-11:30 pm - Introduce 40 minute frequency service. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 102 -    Saturdays 11 am - 11 pm and Sundays 11 am - 10 pm - Introduce 40 minute frequency service. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 106 -    Weekdays 9-11:30 pm - Introduce 35 minute frequency service. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 106 -    Saturdays 11 am - 11 pm and Sundays 11 am - 10 pm - Introduce 35 minute frequency service. Fall/Winter Only.

Route 102/106 - Fridays 6-10 pm - Extend Monday-Thursday schedule to Friday. Fall/Winter Only.