LTC Long-Term Growth Strategy

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The Long-Term Growth Strategy Report & recommendations were accepted “in principle” at yesterday’s meeting.

Background

(source: http://www.londontransit.ca/agendas/060706vii5.pdf)

In 2005 LTC began 4 studies to guide it and the city in meeting the Transportation Master Plan’s 10% transit mode share target:
1 – Route Design: short-term route structure assessment; long-term transit design study.
2 – Policies & Guidelines: transit supportive policies and technical guidelines.
3 – Transit & Parking: TDM parking policies and program.
4 – Service Integration: strategy/process for integrating conventional and specialized transit. (here)

The Long-Term Growth Strategy Report sets out the framework for various initiatives to be undertaken over the short-to-long term leading to attaining the mode share targets that are set out in the TMP. It must be viewed in context with the following studies:
1 – City of London Official Plan
2 – City of London Transportation Master Plan
3 – City of London Long Term Corridor Protection Study
4 – London Transit Ridership Growth strategy plan and other related plan documents
5 – London Transit’s review/upgrade to the AVLC.

The various plans and studies serve to define:
1 – how the city has and is expected to continue to grow and develop
2 – how transit services are to develop in terms of service design (frequency, routing, types of service) and delivery
3 – expectations (expressed as a mode share target) for public transit service as a key component of a sustainable transportation system

The completion of the Long Term Growth Study was under the direction of a Steering Committee consisting of transit and civic administrations (Transportation, Signals and Parking, SHIFT, and Planning).

Key findings and directions of the study are:
1 – Adoption and implementation of an Enhanced Corridors and Nodes Transit Strategy which promotes the use of higher order transit to improve the speed, frequency, comfort, and reliability of transit services on key corridors
2 – Using a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) platform to provide premium-level service to customers. The BRT system for London will feature higher levels of service and operating speeds, a range of transit priority measures, exclusive transit rights-of-way, faster passenger boardings, and a system image that is uniquely identifiable
3 – LTC administration prepare and maintain a Design Manual for BRT Corridors to address such issues as lane width, spacing/design of stations and stops, and customer information and passenger amenities.
4 – develop transit priority triggers for areas outside of the BRT corridors
5 – submit formal comments for the 2006 Official Plan review to incorporate the nodes and corridors into policy documents
6 – prepare and publish Transit Supportive Design Guidelines
7 – City of London, in cooperation with London Transit, develop a comprehensive parking strategy, as committed to through the 2004 TMP.

The following phasing of BRT corridors is recommended as part of the Long Term Growth Strategy:

Short Term Medium Term Long Term

The achievement of the City’s transit mode share target cannot be achieved by London Transit alone; it will require strong support from the City of London, including a re-examination of existing land uses such as parking.

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