Toe to toe over BRT – Ontario News

Toe to toe over BRT – Ontario News

As downtown business owners step up their opposition to London’s proposed $560-million bus rapid transit system, Richmond Street business and property owners met Thursday with city staff and politicians.

‘What we need to do is get it right,’ Mayor Matt Brown told the crowd before launching the session at Centennial Hall.

The meeting became heated at times as business owners spoke out against a project they fear could cause widespread harm to their bottom lines. Reporter Dan Brown spoke to some downtown Londoners and meeting participants about the plan. 

“I’m definitely for it. As long as it doesn’t affect the businesses downtown. It’ll definitely affect the people on King Street.”

Matt Finch

“Generally in favour. Do think we need it. Not so keen on the plan. They don’t connect to the airport, that would be problem one.”

Jeremy Westlake

“I’m definitely for a better transit system, but maybe they should think about having private companies providing it.”

Gord Mood

“My temperature is not good. I’m not for it. We’re very concerned.”

Anne Thomson

“Until we found out what was happening, we were going to invest a million dollars (in Richmond Row retail space), and now we’re not.”

Jo-Ann Fisher

“I want to say dead-set against this particular plan. This thing will devastate downtown as a whole. The unaccounted-for costs will bankrupt the London taxpayer.”

Mike Smith

“I think they should do a simulation on the streets for two weeks to show what it’s like to Londoners. Isn’t that fair?”

George Georgopoulos

“I think Londoners want a significant improvement in mobility. I don’t…

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