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Waterloo Rapid Transit vote tonight: 5 PM June 24 2009 – overview and more information

By shost at 1:09 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

As the council meeting and vote is tonight starting at 5 PM, area residents may find some of the information here useful. Remember to e-mail your elected representatives to tell them how you think.

Implementation plans, preferred routes, maps, and other information:

http://rapidtransit.region.waterloo.on.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=52&Itemid=1000011

In short, the choices are:

  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Light Rail Transit

The preferred solution is the Light Rail option, with a staged implementation, starting with Light Rail from Conestoga Mall to Fairway Mall in Kitchener. To Cambridge, users would switch to a Bus Rapid Transit system which would end in Galt.

Below is a link to a video series by CKCO TV, gives an overview of the RT plans, and also acknowledges and shows videos of Waterloo Regions past transit systems (Grand River Railway)

http://southwesternontario.ctv.ca/news.php?id=4968

For those in Guelph: We could in theory be connected to this sytem between Guelph and Hespeler using the now freight only rail line, and/or we will be connected at the Intermodal Railway Station proposed between the LRT/VIA/GO at King St in Kitchener, or both. GO integration would be almost immediate, but any link to Hespeler/Cambridge would be 10-20 years away.

More articles of interest:

Light Rail Transit Is Only Part Of A Plan To Change The Face Of K.W.”

http://www.kwnow.ca/npps/story.cfm?nppage=1260

“Waterloo councillors prefer spur line for rapid transit”

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/555906

570 news “Rapid transit report still looking at trains”:

http://www.570news.com/more.jsp?content=20090619_165445_9332

Good luck to Waterloo region on this most pivotal day in their history.

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Comment by David H

June 24, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

I wouldn’t mind seeing a connection from Sportsworld or Fairway Road; maybe we could hook the airport up at the same time.

I hope they don’t wait too long to connect Cambridge properly. The longer they do, the more it’s going to cost, and the longer they’ll put it off as a consequence.

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Comment by mdruker

June 24, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

I hope the building of LRT in Waterloo Region, combined with the extension of GO to K-W, will serve as a tipping point for serious transit in the region, broadly speaking. Perhaps that would make it easier to consider strong rail links between Cambridge, Guelph, and Hamilton.

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