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Do you ride Burlington Transit? Don’t use transit? Take the survey by March 26 to help build better transit


The City of Burlington wants to hear from Burlington Transit riders and individuals who currently do not use Burlington Transit about their thoughts and experiences with public transit in the city.

The information gathered from the public will be used to help shape a Transit Plan for Burlington that will guide the development of a new transit network that meets the needs of the city’s growing population over the next 25 years.

Feedback can be shared by completing an online survey available until March 26 here:

Transit Plan survey

Quick Facts

  • The Transit Plan will be a multi-year plan that will guide new investment in a new transit network for the city that aims to:
  • Increase frequency and reliability of bus service
  • Focus service on the city’s most heavily travelled streets
  • Create better connections with other major transportation systems like GO rail who will increase the frequency of their service to two-way, all-day service every 15 minutes by 2025.
  • Improve the comfort and convenience of taking transit.
  • A report about Burlington’s Transit Plan is expected to be presented to Burlington City Council in May 2018.
  • On Jan. 29, 2018, Burlington City Council approved an investment of $1.55 million in transit as part of the city’s 2018 operating budget to provide stability to Burlington Transit’s operations and improve the reliability of the public transit service. Funding of $500,000 was also approved in the city’s 2018 capital budget for the installation of video cameras on buses.
  • Burlington is growing. The 2016 Census data shows Burlington grew by 7,535 people between 2011 and 2016 – a 4.3 per cent overall growth rate. Ontario’s Places to Grow Act mandates that Burlington plan for a population of 193,000 by 2031, however, the city will reach this population number within the next few years.

Links and Resources

Video: Can We Expand Our Roads To Make Room For More Traffic As We Grow?

If you have questions or feedback to share about the development of the new Transit Plan, please contact:

Rob Hagley
Marketing and Customer Service Coordinator
Burlington Transit
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7853

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4 thoughts on “Do you ride Burlington Transit? Don’t use transit? Take the survey by March 26 to help build better transit”

  1. Watched the video and the response to the question can Burlington roads be widened to accommodate all the intensification was no, there is no space to widen the roads. Lakeshore can certainly be restored to the original configuration downtown.

  2. This new transit plan will be presented to Council in May 2018. I would like to know if Council has agreed to budget the millions of dollars it will take to make any transit study viable. We all know that much of the money put into the 2018 budget for transit is for catch up and will do little to improve the service.

    Have to question if this 3 month transit study plan is to appease those residents who have indicated that prior to approving the Official Plan there needs to be a transit study? How accurate will this study be and will it ever be implemented?

  3. This OP process and seemingly endless findings of deviations from what residents have been told will not be permitted.

    I agree with what MMW says here has been told to residents about what will and will not be allowed.

    The Mayor, Ward 1 Councilors Craven, Sharman, Dennison, Taylor, Lancaster, and Meed Ward of course, Planning Director Tanner (now Deputy city manager) City Manager Ridge, have over and over assured residents that existing single family, low density residential neighbourhoods are protected from intensification under the proposed new Official Plan. And that only 5% of the city would be affected.

    I have heard this so many times that with this belated revelation, I have lost trust in Planners, City Manager, and Council as a whole except for Meed Ward.

    From my personal experience, Craven has told me and other residents, at his Ward 1 meetings, that low density family neighbourhoods are protected more times that I can count.

    The most recent was at a meeting on an application, on the edge of the Aldershot Mobility Hub, that was supported by him because it is on the edge of the HUb, and not in the adjacent Aldershot residential area that is supposed to be protected, and he said this adjacent residential is protected. His support was only based on the Mobility Hub rationale.

    I`m wondering whether he will support the Meed Ward motion to strike the relevant clause from the OP.

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