The city of London is using a new interactive tool to get feedback from residents on it’s $500-million bus rapid transit plan.
The network map, on the Shift London website, allows people to navigate through bus rapid transit routes, drop pins, and leave comments.
“We’ve been planning this system for a long time in order to make it as easy to use as possible,”said Rapid Transit Project Director, Jennie Ramsay.
Londoners can click on the map’s different elements to see specific infrastructure descriptions, or to view renderings.
“We thought this would be a great way to overlay the designs we had for bus rapid transit in a system that is very similar to a google map,” Ramsay said.
Throughout the summer there are also twelve opportunities for people to fine tune the transit plans; the city is hosting an open house on June 21st at the Central Library between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and then from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
There are also regular meetings at the rapid transit office, on the second floor of the Central Library, dubbed “Transit Tuesdays,” every Tuesday from July 10 to Sept. 11.
Officials are hoping to gather information about the approved BRT plans, the draft EPR, and things like natural heritage, indigenous affairs, hydrology, or cultural heritage as they pertain to bus rapid transit.
“Whether it’s how we can refine the location of stops, or improving access for loading areas, it will all help tremendously,” Ramsay said.
“We really want Londoners input in what is a very crucial time for the BRT plan.”
Ramsay says the city would like to remind people that several of the plan’s elements are already finalized, such as the route networks, dedicated lanes, and centre-running vs. curb-running lanes.
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