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Transportation: LONDON TRANSIT IS THE MOST unreliable form of transit, s****y

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Transportation: London transit is the worst. I can't count the number of times that a bus has driven passed me because "there is not enough space" or "doesn't pick up this location" even though there are 7-8 empty spots on the bus, or the bus mustang express infront stops for us. LONDON TRANSIT IS THE MOST UNRELIABLE FORM OF TRANSIT...


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 315th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 806th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1082nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Vancouver, BC, Canada
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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Transportation around UWO generally relies on the bus system. Aside from a month-long strike occurring in 2009, the London Transit system is dependable and frequent. Students who live downtown are at an advantage with snagging a seat, and those who hop onto a bus closer to campus usually stand. The bus gets especially crowded in the winter, so prepare to get cozy with your neighbor. One of the downsides of the bus is the running times. Buses rarely run past midnight, which leaves students no other option but cabbing from the bar if they live in the Student Ghetto. The cabs are relatively expensive, so those who are money-conscious should avoid using them.

London's airport is international and easily accessed by taxi. Be sure to ask your driver for a fixed rate and student discount, as it's an easy way to save money. If you're flying out of the more distant airports of Toronto or Detroit, taking a shuttle with the Robert Q or Aboutown Airbus systems are easy alternatives to grabbing a ride off of a friend. These services run regularly, and these companies make sure you catch your flight on time.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Taxi
  • Bus
  • Walking
  • Bicycle
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • If you're flying out of the Toronto or Detroit airport, the Aboutown Airport Shuttle is an easy, convenient option. With reasonable prices and an enjoyable ride, they're a great company to go with.
  • Taxis to the London airport are the most popular way to get to and from the location. Depending on where you're leaving, the cab will cost between $25 and $30. If you leave from a specific location, there will often be a fixed rate. Be sure to take London Taxi to the airport, seeing as there is a student discount.
  • The Robert Q Airbus provides transportation to and from the Toronto and Detroit airports. The company offers shuttles every couple of hours and leaves from a convenient location.
Local Taxi Services
Checker Limousine is a bit more expensive, but ensures a great experience for longer distances. The company can be reached at (519) 659-0400. London Taxi is a new cab company that offers a student discount and accepts debit transactions. They can be reached at (519) 657-1111. Finally, Aboutown taxis can be found in abundance after the bars close down on Richmond Street. Their number is (519) 432-2222.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

UWO Exam Shuttle
(519) 661-3722
During exam periods from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Western Foot Patrol
(519) 661-3650
Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (subject to change; call number for details)

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Exam Shuttle

During final exams, the University Students' Council provides students with a late-night shuttle service for those who plan to study late at night at Weldon and Taylor Libraries. For more info, e-mail:

(519) 661-3722

Daily 11:55 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

London Transit Commission

The London Transit office at 450 Highbury Avenue is currently undergoing renovations. Effective Saturday, May 22, 2010, and until further notice, nothing will be sold at the 450 Highbury Ave. office.

(519) 451-1347

450 Highbury Ave. N., London

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Greater London International Airport Authority

1750 Crumlin Rd., London

(519) 452-4015

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


101 York St., London

(519) 434-3250

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

VIA Rail

From Highway 401, take Wellington North to York, west (left) on York to Richmond. Between Clarence and Richmond.

205 York St., London

(888) 842-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 80% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 81% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 6% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 7 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 9 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 9 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 16 responses

  • 31% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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