Burlington, Ont.-May 11, 2011 - Burlington Transit will host community meetings in May and June to share plans to increase service in high-need areas, including Plains Road to downtown Hamilton, the city's employment areas, and Sunday service starting September 2012.
The ideas were generated as part of the public engagement process for The Route Ahead-Transit Master Plan, which aims to conduct a comprehensive review of Burlington's conventional transit services and develop a Transit Master Plan to cover 2012 to 2021.
At a council workshop on May 10, councillors heard that this Interim Transit Plan does not address all elements of the Transit Master Plan. Findings and recommendations will be referred to the Official Plan Review process now underway and the Transportation Master Plan, which begins in early 2013.
"We are making changes that can be generated now to help make transit more efficient and cost-effective," said City Manager Jeff Fielding. "Trimming service in low-performing areas and boosting service in high-performing areas is a short-term solution to make immediate improvements to Burlington Transit-improvements both riders and taxpayers will appreciate."
Burlington Transit has used results based accountability, an analytical tool, to determine the low-performing and high-performing routes. As a short-term goal, reductions will be made to lower performing routes with the resources applied to high-need areas. The changes are expected to generate 75,000 new rides a year.
BT is looking at reducing service frequencies when ridership is lower on Routes 4-Pinedale; 11-Appleby; 12-Upper Middle; 15-Walkers; and GO Specials 61-Orchard and 62-Headon. Holiday service would be eliminated on Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Monday. Direct service to RioCan Centre would be replaced by a connection between Burlington Transit and Oakville Transit at Burloak and New Street.
The service plan would add service on Route 1-Fairview/Plains between the Burlington GO Station and downtown Hamilton weekdays during peak hours.
Service would increase to 30 minutes on the major arterial Routes (1-Plains/Fairview, 2-Brant, 3-Guelph and 10-New/Maple) on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and hourly service will be extended by one hour in the morning and at end of the day. New hourly service would be introduced on Route 5-Francis.
Route 10-New/Maple would be re-aligned in the east end by moving service from Hampton Heath and Spruce Avenue to Lakeshore Road and Appleby Line. Service would be added weekdays during peak hours on Hampton Heath, Spruce Avenue and Kenwood Drive.
Over the next few months, Burlington Transit will identify new service along the employment corridors that include North Service Road, South Service Road, Harvester Road and Mainway for a possible September start date.
"We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of Burlington Transit customers, making ongoing improvements to enhance the transit experience and to help current and new customers get where they want-and need-to go," said Burlington Transit Director Donna Shepherd.
Public meetings to discuss the Interim Transit Plan will take place at the following dates and times:
- Holy Rosary Elementary School
261 Plains Rd. E.
Monday, June 4, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- City Hall
426 Brant St.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.
- Tansley Woods Community Centre
1996 Itabashi Way
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
6 to 8 p.m.
- Burlington Seniors' Centre
2285 New Street (in Central Park)
Thursday, June 7, 2012
2 to 4 p.m.
For more information about Burlington Transit, visit www.burlington.ca/transit, email contactBT@burlington.ca or call the BT BusLine at 905-639-0550.
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