Council approves Burlington transit's five-year business plan

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Council recently approved the City of Burlington's transit business plan that will cover 2020 through 2024 and help make service improvements over the next five years.

On Dec. 8, Burlington transit staff presented the Transit Five-Year Business Plan to members of the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility (CPRM) Committee and on Dec. 14, it was presented to City Council.

The initial plan was presented in November 2019 by Burlington Transit and Dillion Consulting, which included vision and mission statements, strategic directions and a growth strategy for the next five years.

The plan is based on ridership projections as well as the impact of the route redesign that was put in place in fall 2019.

Additionally, it was also updated to outline the impacts of COVID-19 on each of the proposed strategies.

Ridership forecasts reflect the decline of transit use amid the pandemic as well as anticipated growth in the following years after there is a COVID-19 vaccine.

Highlights of the plan include adding more busses, free rides for children under 12, 15 minutes or better service on Plains Road and Fairview Street, COVID-19 Service Continuity Plan, 2020, pilot launch of on-demand transit, 2021 and the launch of transit signal priority, 2021.

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