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GOKW.org has contacted all candidates in the city of Waterloo with a public email address. These are the responses we have received so far. This page will be updated as more responses are received.

Waterloo

Name Candidacy Contacted Replied yet
Herb Epp Mayoral Yes No
Brenda Halloran Mayoral Yes Yes
Brian Turnbull Mayoral Yes Yes
Steve Lindt Ward 1 Yes No
Henrik Noesgaard Ward 1 Yes Yes
Scott Witmer Ward 1 Yes Yes
Jim Bolger Ward 2 Yes No
Karen Scian Ward 2 No
Trevor Archer Ward 3 Yes Yes
Pauline Richards Ward 3 Yes No
Angela Vieth Ward 3 No Yes
Steve Archer Ward 4 Yes No
Mike Archibald Ward 4 No
Diane Freeman Ward 4 Yes Yes
Vince Morency Ward 4 Yes Yes
Gary Kieswetter Ward 5 No
Andrew McCaughtrie Ward 5 Yes No
Marty Rempel Ward 5 Yes Yes
Mark Whaley Ward 5 Yes Yes
Charles Borras Ward 6 No
Mary E. Connolly Ward 6 No
Jan d’Ailly Ward 6 Yes No
Sher DiCiccio Ward 7 Yes Yes
Ian McLean Ward 7 Yes Yes

Waterloo – Mayoral – Brenda Halloran

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, I strongly feel that improved commuter service,especially to the GTA is something we should be actively working on as a Region and will do so as Mayor of Waterloo.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

I believe that we should be working with the Province to bring the Go Train and Bus to this Region. I would work with the other Mayors to form a coalition with all stakeholders, intent on providing Go Transit services to our citizens.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

Commuting already is a serious problem for this Region and our road and highway congestion will only increase if we do not do something now. We need to be proactive in this Region.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

Yes, I believe we should begin consulting with each transit system to look at efficiencies as well as looking at how we can reduce the number of cars on our already overburdened highways. I would support this initiative as Mayor and participate in all discussions.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I feel this is a very postive beginning and congratulate Cambridge on this partnership. It would be something for Guelph to consider.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I support some form of LRT, not entirely convinced that rail transit is something that would work in KW-our existing infrastructure might not lend itself to the installation of rails along our main corridors. I feel that buses would be a better solution and much more cost effective given that we would not need to make major structural changes to our roads. Yes, we should integrate this service with any future Go train service. Anything that will assist our citizens and improve the quality of life for people is something we must definitely consider and always be open to for discussions.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

As Mayor, I would look forward to working together to bring Go Transit to the Region-it is one of my campaign issues. I have been a commuter to Toronto and Mississauga for years and am well aware of the difficulties commuters face, the stress and strain, and the air quality issues we face with with our ever increasing automobile use.

Waterloo – Mayoral – Brian Turnbull

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

Extend the GO train or further develop the CN service. I would make this point to the Provincial authorities.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

I agree that the trip to work is congested and should be improved.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

If there is a significant demand for improved bus service between K-W-Cambridge and Guelph, then all options should be investigated.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I can’t comment on transitr issues in Cambridge and Guelph except to say that I think both cities are capably run and it is likely that they will make the right choices themselves.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

LRT should be investigated and compared to one or more meaningful alternatives before a decision is made.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

Waterloo – Ward 1 – Scott Witmer

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, without question we need to improve our commuter service. Bringing GO Trains to the region is one of my top priorities, as a councillor I will do whatever I can to make this happen.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

Possible solutions to improve commuter service are;

  1. Work to bring GO Trains to the region.
  2. Carpool lots along Hwy 401 to help reduce the number of single passenger vehicles.
  3. Explore the possibility of another access to Hwy 401.
  4. Increase public awareness about the federal tax credit on monthly transit passes.
  5. Work towards greater urban intensification which will help make public transportation more economically viable.

In order to accomplish these goals council will have to work with the provincial and federal governments, local citizen groups and other stakeholders who would benefit from these initiatives.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

I believe it has already become a serious problem, almost everyday cars and trucks are lined up to enter and exit the city.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

If there is a demand for bus service between Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo I would be willing to look at all options to help address this need.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I think it is part of an overall solution to our traffic and commuter challenges. Since I am not a resident of Guelph I am not certain whether this is or is not a good approach for Guelph.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I believe an LRT is part of the long term solution. We need to talk more about the proposed route for the system and ensure there will be the required ridership in place to support the system. Uptown Waterloo is currently under going changes that will increase the population density that would help make an LRT a viable option. If an LRT system is put in place we will need to ensure it is intergrated with GO Train stations.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

As a city we need to start planning now to ensure the future transportation needs of our community are met. Too often transportation networks are treated as an after thought, this way of thinking needs to change.

Waterloo – Ward 1 – Henrik Noesgaard

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, I am fully in favour of improved commuter service to the GTA and also to Pearson Airport.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

I believe that frequent rail service – a combination of GO and VIA service – is the most effective means of improving commuter service. I also believe that we must work to have the rail lines go through Pearson Airport so that we can use rail service to the airport as opposed to using the 401. This would serve to significantly reduce congestion on the 401 between here and Toronto. While this is not an area within the jurisdiction of Waterloo City Council, I believe that all local elected officials must work together to lobby the Provincial Government to make this happen. I will work to do this.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

I believe this is already a problem and we must work to provide effective solutions as outlined.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

I don’t see much value in integrating Guelph and Grand River transit at this point. However, I do believe that we must integrate all forms of public transit so that they can work effectively together. Hence, with improved rail service between here and the GTA we will also have improved service to Guelph. We then need to ensure that Grand River transit service is integrated effectively with this rail service as must our future LRT service.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I believe that the proposed Greyhound commuter terminals in Cambridge and Guelph are good near term solutions while we work to improve rail service. I believe that the best long term solution is improved Rail Service.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

Yes, I fully support the creation of an LRT system and this, as well as all other forms of Public Transit must be fully integrated to provide the most effective system for our population.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

I firmly believe that we must work to effectively integrate all forms of transportation. We tend to have a patchwork of services which don’t work well together. This we must fix. All forms of transport – road, rail, air – must be integrated. Furthermore, our transportation infrastructure must be built in advance of development so as to shape development rather than being an after thought which is responding too late to grid lock. That is why the time to build the LRT is now.

Waterloo – Ward 3 – Trevor Archer

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, I very much support the development of Go-Transit with Mississauga, this will alleviate pressure from highways 7/8 and will keep our existing infrastructure in better shape. This would hopefully lead to a reduction in pollution from automobiles as they sit in traffic, I see many benefits from extending the Go-Transit to KW.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

We need to bring the Go-Train to Waterloo. Provincial funding would be required, but once assessments are done, both on the environment and the traffic, I believe we would see that there is a need for this service. As municipal councillor I would look to have a very efficient and accessible Go-Train station built in Waterloo or Kitchener with adequate parking to ensure that people use this possibility. I need to stress though that an undertaking this large would need significant funding from the province, and as councillor I would also work hard to encourage local business investment as this will directly benefit their employees. We could look to offer incentives to local businesses for using the Go-Train in their commuting to Mississauga/Toronto, this will help guarantee the ridership that we would need to make the route profitable.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

I do agree with you that commuting will be a problem and is already a problem, evident with Waterloo’s expansion of our highways and the traffic that is evident on a daily basis.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

I have not looked into this relationship in much detail, but public transportation needs to be efficient to encourage ridership. We could certainly investigate more direct (non-stop) bus routes from KW to Guelph, but I would need to see some traffic volume assessments to help me with this sort of decision.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

This is a good short-term approach for Cambridge, and can be an adequate short-term approach for Guelph. I stress short-term as I believe train travel to be much more efficient and environmentally friendly. I would like to see this approach developed in the future.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I do not believe Waterloo has the need for the LRT at the moment. I do support the idea and investing in this venture in the future, however at the moment Waterloo is burdened with many capital expenditures that are already stretching tax-payers to far.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

Public transportation is the key to facilitate Waterloo Region’s growth. With the population projections transportation will need to be enhanced and I feel that Go-Trains will be the best way to link Waterloo Region with the surrounding regions. The cost of this project would be extensive, but the benefits would be large for both the regions and the province, therefore raising capital for this project would have to be undertaken at all levels of governments and private sectors.

Waterloo – Ward 3 – Angela Vieth

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, our region is home to half a million residents. Many of us need to travel to Greater Toronto frequently for many reasons. While many residents of our region travel daily to work in the GTA, others travel less frequently but often for business meetings, conventions, sports and leisure events or en-route to other destinations via the airport. Currently we have limited alternatives to roadway travel. The roads are becoming more dangerous and less expedient due to traffic congestion. The vehicles are a large source of pollution. Rather than focus on road construction, an efficient mass transit system should be implemented connecting multiple points in the region to the GTA.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

The best solutions available in the short term are rail transit routes on existing right-of-ways. The rail stations should be serviced by our regions transit services to provide alternatives to automobiles within the region. As a councillor for the City of Waterloo, I would advocate at the local, regional, provincial and federal government levels for the implementation of these service improvements.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

Unless there is a serious disruption in our economy, a significant portion of residents will continue to commute to work outside of the region.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

For the same reasons supporting efficient mass public transit between our region and the GTA, we need it also within our region. There should be timely connection points between all transit systems in the region. There could be rail transit connection between Kitchener and Guelph and Cambridge using existing right-of-ways.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

Motor coach services can provide short term transit solutions but the reason that they can be quickly implemented is also their major detraction. The coaches use existing roadways and must contend with other traffic on them. Motor coach transit is slower and less environmentally friendly than rail transit.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I do support the construction of a light rail transit corridor in our region. For maximum value there should be convenient points for passengers to transfer to inter-city trains on the North Main Line in Kitchener and on the CPR line in Cambridge. Some residents would remember that from 1894 to 1961 we had an electric rail transit corridor in the region. The line extended as far south as Lake Erie. Passengers could make convenient connections with inter-city trains.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

I have travelled in Western Europe. My experiences with the transit systems there demonstrate how our region could be served by en efficient network of rail, light rail and motor coach routes. We can reduce our dependence on road transportation to the benefit of our environment and safety.

Waterloo – Ward 4 – Vince Morency

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

I strongly agree that we need greater commuter options to Toronto, as well as Guelph and London. The traffic congestion on the 401 every day costs business a great deal of money and the impact on air quality is immeasurable.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

I have long believed that we need Go Service from our region and believe we must work with the Regional and Provincial Governments to bring this service to Waterloo Region. I also believe that we would need to improve Express Services from Waterloo to the Go-Station to ensure its success.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

Commuting is already a serious problem in our community and we have fallen well behind in the infrastructure to support it. While expansion of major highways might help in the short-term this will not be the long term fix required.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

A link or Express route between the communities may help in the interim until we can bring Go-Trains here as mentioned in question 1. Guelph and GRT can them plan routes to offer quick access to the stations.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I do not have enough details on routes or schedules at this time to form an opinion on the effectivness of this option. This may be a real alternative to the Express Routes I spoke of in question 4, but I cannot be sure without knowing the details of Greyhound’s plan.

While it would be great if this were complimentary to a Go-System, I am concerned that it would be in competition and as a result, negatively impact the viability of Go service from our region.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I support express services between Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge but I am not convinced that the expense of an LRT is merited at this time. I believe we need to build a higher level of ridership before we can support an LRT system. We should continue to develop the plans for an LRT, but I believe we are still a number of years away from being able to support this system.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

Kitchener-Waterloo is in need of a second access route to the 401 on the east side of the city. With only one access route on Highway 8 the congestion is impeding the economic growth of our community and if any delays develop on this highway, there is no real alternative.

Waterloo – Ward 4 – Diane Freeman

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes I believe the region needs to improve commuter services. I regularly drive to Toronto for meetings, many of which are in the downtown core. If the GO Train system were extended to the KW area I would certainly use it and encourage the use of the system by other members of the community.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

The Councillors and the Mayor have the ability to secure the demographic information related to potential users to assist with marketing the plan to GO Transit. If elected I am committed to assisting with this work.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

I do feel that commuting is a serious problem and the daily traffic accidents and the commuter speeds on the major arterial roads are a demonstration of this problem.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

I am unsure if the two systems need to be integrated together or a part of a larger commuter network that includes rail transportation.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I am not familiar with the Greyhound terminal

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I do support the Light Rail Transit System and would support the system being integrated with a GO train service.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

Waterloo – Ward 5 – Mark Whaley

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

The Region does need to improve commuter service within and to areas outside of the Region, especially to the GTA.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

The best solution to improve this service is to build a GO station adjoining the rail line in Breslau, Ontario on the site of the former Challenger Restaurant. This site is of approximate equal distance from the four major cities of the Region and has parking space available for up to 1,000 cars. The site is also within the proximity of our international airport and adjacent to highway 7, a major commuter corridor.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

Commuting has already become a major problem in this region. Further the bottleneck at highway 8 between Kitchener Waterloo and the 401 highway is beginning to have a detrimental effect on business development, (to say nothing of the frustration felt by thousands of inbound and outbound residents and visitors on a daily basis.)

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

Amalgamation of such services should be preceded by a business case study conducted by both transit systems and paid for on a cost share basis by the respective transit authorities.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

I would recommend that the Cambridge Greyhound terminal be built and an assessment period be undertaken before construction begins on a Guelph terminal.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I am in support of a light rail transit system in the Region of Waterloo in principle. My full support would be dependant on understanding what share of the capital cost of building the system would be shared by other levels of government. The current popular route option has the line run down King Street in Kitchener Waterloo and that path would be literally within 100 meters of the current train station. A better connection, such as a covered corridor or moving pathway that is common at many airports might be examples of creating a more user friendly link between the LRT and train station.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

In Waterloo, one of the universities offers a bus pass as part of tuition. Public transit rider ship has increased as a result. The new express bus, service by the GRT between K-W and Cambridge has proved to be highly successful. The addition of bike carriers to many GRT bus lines helps create a linkage between commuting options. The LRT proposal gains continual support from both elected officials and citizens as we all become more educated on its potential benefits. Lobby groups such as gokw.org and other s are creating heightened awareness around transportation issues.

8. I am very optimistic that transportation corridors, commuter options and transportation types will continue to evolve and flourish as we all find ways to reduce our dependency on automobiles in the 21st century.

Waterloo – Ward 5 – Marty RempelYou had sent me a questionnaire earlier; so I would like to make a brief response. I have to confess I do not know theissues concerning Guelph and will not because I can not comment on that until I do some research.

Over all I recognize transportation to be the driving force of urban planning in that the spatial pattern of the city conforms to the transportation system. Transportation can determine density and settlement patterns, just as these factors can influence new types of transportation to be used in the future.

Presently I drive a subaru and do not enjoy bus travel in its present form. To get people like me to get on a bus we must improve efficiencies and scheduling. I go to Torontop regularly for meeting and would like nothing better than to ride the train. The 401 is a danger zone to be avoided. Perhaps trains should be carrying more freight not trucks, but with “on time” manufacturing that won’t change soon. I would welcome and promote anything to unite transportation systems regionally and especially with the GO system.. thsi is badly needed for our development,and to ease pressure on the 401. It is therefore also a saftey issue.

I believe in smart growth as a school of urban planning and therefore would promote alternate transportation. I think the bus and scheduling must be reinvented for ease and comfort to get the middle class out of their cars before an energy crisis does. I also like the idea of a corridor with light rail transit when our population densities can better support this system. I believe toronto has a battle getting federal and provincial money for their transit system so I don’t think we are at the top of the list at the moment. therefore it would be the role of council to advocate andlobby for transportation reform.

I hope thatis helful and I will learn more about Guelph’s transport issues after the election. I will mention in alberta greyhound offers “luxury” bus service with snacks, newspapers, tables, TV etc and I used that extensively, I have not seen the equivalent in this province.

Waterloo – Ward 7 – Sher DiCiccio

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes I do to relieve the traffic congestion and protect our environment particularly air quality.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

Encourage communication between various juridictions to promote links to go service and greyhound connections.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

at this time. greyhound services intercity travel.see below

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

This is an excellent step. providing park and go spots to encourage use of the bus. A park and go location on east side of KW would also allow connection to Guelph. locate it away from downtown Kitchener as it is now.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I would like to review different forms of rapid transit, ways to optimize our transit routes and nodes first before commiting the $ to a train system. The major impact of a rail system is that it would be a fixed route with stations. Will people travel to connect to the rail if they are more than a kilometer away?

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

The rail system will impact development in our region in a significant way. We should discuss the pros and cons and decide what form of development we want.

Waterloo – Ward 7 – Ian McLean

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

YES

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

THESE LOCAL TRANSIT OPERATORS COULD CO-OPERATE ON SOME ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS SUCH AS BULK PURCHASING. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT INTERCITY ROUTES ARE SUBJECT TO PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS AND DO NOT PERMIT LOCAL TRANSIT OPERATORS TO PROVIDE INTER-CITY SERVICE.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

THESE LOCAL TRANSIT OPERATORS COULD CO-OPERATE ON SOME ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS SUCH AS BULK PURCHASING. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT INTERCITY ROUTES ARE SUBJECT TO PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS AND DO NOT PERMIT LOCAL TRANSIT OPERATORS TO PROVIDE INTER-CITY SERVICE.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

THE TERMINAL CONCEPT IS WORTHY OF BEING LOOKED AT BY BOTH gUELPH ADN CAMBRIDGE

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I SUPPORT A LIGHT RAPID TRANSIT SOLUTION. IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER IT SHOULD BE RAIL OR BUS BASED.

TRANSIT SYSTEMS RELLY ON INTEGRATION AND CO-OPERATION OF FEEDER ROUTES AND INTERCITY COOMMUTER OPERATORS.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?