Memoirs of London City Hall: transport hub, intelligent traffic system

A collection of news and notes from Tuesday’s town hall debates:

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A collection of news and notes from Tuesday’s town hall debates:

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Adoption of the transport hub framework

The Civic Works Committee strongly recommended a new ‘framework’ designed by City staff to help develop London as a regional transport hub, comprising one facility in the city center and four on the outskirts of the city. If approved by City Council next week, City Hall will also begin lobbying the provincial and federal governments for funding. Many municipalities in the region are eager to see better transport links to get people in and out of London efficiently, Mayor Ed Holder said. “What all of these communities have realized is that the interdependence between municipalities is so critical,” he said. “We need strong interaction with London as a transport hub. The economic benefits for everyone are indisputable.

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Homeless aid moves closer to securing $2 million in federal funding

On Tuesday, city politicians approved new funding for four organizations that work with homeless Londoners on the Community and Protective Services Committee. There was no debate and a unanimous vote to recommend that $2 million of federal dollars flowing through City Hall be given to Atlohsa Family Healing Services, London Cares and the Unity Project for new initiatives. This includes property search plans for new accommodation efforts and the renovation of existing facilities. Politicians have also recommended a new $450,000 contract for the Salvation Army to run London’s rent bank until March 2022. This provides money to Londoners for rent and utility payments in delay.

Smart Traffic System Upgrade Gets Green Light

A $1.8million contract for equipment that is part of London’s smart traffic system was approved by politicians on the Civic Works Committee on Tuesday. The equipment will give priority to transit buses and emergency vehicles at some of the city’s busiest intersections. Other elements of the smart traffic light system are already halfway through installation, including 80 cameras at London’s 413 busiest intersections that connect to a live feed and controllers.

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