London Transit


London Transit

:"For public transportation in London, United Kingdom, see Transport for London".Infobox Bus transit
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company_slogan = Wherever Life Takes You
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founded = 1875
headquarters = 450 Highbury Avenue N
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service_area = London, Ontario
service_type = Public Transit
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routes = 35 regular routes [http://www.londontransit.ca/Routes.htm#first-section London Transit - Routes and Schedules] ]
3 community buses
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fleet = 195 buses
ridership = 20.8 million annuallycite web|url=http://londontransit.ca/Pubs/2007%20Annual%20Report.pdf|title=2007 annual report|format=PDF]
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operator = City of London
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website = [http://www.londontransit.ca www.londontransit.ca]

The London Transit Commission (LTC), is responsible for the operation of the public transit system on behalf of the City of London, Ontario, Canada. It serves 20.8 million passengers annually. Currently, the LTC has 35 regular bus routes, plus 3 community bus routes.

History

London Street Railway Company (LSR) brought public transit to the city with the start of horse drawn streetcar operations in 1875, with electric power being introduced about twenty years later and the conversion to buses being completed in late November 1940 (planned for the end of 1940, but forced by a blizzard that damaged trolley wires). In 1951 the City of London bought LSR and formed the LTC to operate the system. Services have progressed throughout the years, with the intoduction of community bus routes, paratransit services and accessible low floor buses. [ [http://www.londontransit.ca/Pubs/History.pdf London Transit: 130 Years - Past and Present, 1875 - 2005] ]

Active Fleet

As of 2008, the LTC has 192 transit buses in its fleet. At one time, London Transit had one of the oldest transit fleets in Ontario, with some buses older than 20 years old. However, with new buses being purchased in recent years, this has changed.

During the week there are over 100 buses on the road, on Sundays only 40 buses are on the road

In addition to these routes, London Transit also operates the following routes that operate only during the University of Western Ontario school year during weekdays only:

* 2C Dundas (Downtown-University) "follows the 2 Dundas route. Most trips to the university begin at Queens & Ridout, but all evening trips to the university begin at Dundas & Richmond. All trips from the university end at Dundas & Richmond."
* 6A Richmond (Downtown-University) "follows the 6 Richmond route from Richmond & Dundas. All northbound trips end at Natural Science, while all southbound trips end at Richmond & Carling. Except weekends and Fridays, there are extra evening trips on this route that operate between the University and Downtown only."
* 10A Wonderland (Westmount-University) "follows the 10 Wonderland route. All trips start/end at Westmount Mall."
* 10B Wonderland (Capulet-University) "follows the 10 Wonderland route, but ends at Wonderland & Oxford, routing via the Capulet Lane subdivision."

Criticisms

London Transit has been criticized for not having 24 hour bus service, for a city with a population of almost 400,000 people, a large student population, and many different work centres that operate outside of the 6am-12am service schedule. Also there is a push by some to establish a light rail system. Some students of Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario, who receive a subsidized bus pass as part of compulsory fees, feel an option to opt out of the bus pass should be available. Fact|date=February 2007

References

External links

* [http://www.londontransit.ca London Transit Commission Website]
* [http://www.busdrawings.com/Transit/ontario/london/index.htm Drawings and photos of London Transit buses]


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