Media release: The first rapid transit shelter arrives in London this week

The first rapid transit shelter arrives in London this week 

Starting Tuesday, April 23 (weather permitting), installation of the first rapid transit shelter will begin at the new northbound Ontario Street station at King Street (Western Fair Market) marking an important milestone for the rapid transit program.

“This is an exciting milestone towards our vision to have a more connected city,” says Mayor Josh Morgan. “Having transportation choices means everyone in our community can move through the city safely and efficiently – no matter how you choose to travel.”

The City of London is aiming to install approximately 10 new rapid transit shelters this year, including four stations Downtown and sections of the East London Link corridor. 

“We are very excited to see this new shelter in place, which will serve as a future stop in Old East Village connecting Londoners to various local destinations. For the project team, this means an opportunity to fine-tune any final details before installing additional shelters in the core,” says Jennie Dann, Director of Construction and Infrastructure Services. 

The shelter structures will take most of the week to set up, followed by installation of the electrical, lighting, and other amenities over the following weeks.

Anticipated traffic impacts during the installation of the new transit shelter

A large crane will be necessary to complete the installation of the structure, requiring lane restrictions on Ontario Street at King Street until approximately Friday, April 26. 

Sidewalk restrictions and bike lane closures are also necessary for safety and to complete the installation as efficiently as possible.

Rapid transit shelters highlights

  • Rapid transit shelters were designed to provide modularity and a consistent look and feel across the corridors, while also accommodating the need for minor customization and value engineering at each location to best fit the shelters within the context of the neighbourhood.
  • Input received from the community during the Environmental Assessment helped shape the overall design and amenities, while also integrating industry best practices. 
  • Each rapid transit shelter will feature an obelisk to help identify the location of the rapid transit station and it is intended to be a landmark feature, wayfinding element, and branding device.
  • Passenger seating area, route information, security cameras, enhanced lighting, and tempered glass are a few key features of the new rapid transit shelter. 

Additional information about the rapid transit shelters will be available at later this week.

Conceptual rendering of RT shelter

Above: A conceptual rendering of the new rapid transit shelter.

Conceptual graphic of the key features and amenities of rapid transit shelters.

Above: A conceptual graphic of the key features and amenities of rapid transit shelters.

Last modified:Tuesday, April 23, 2024