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Waterloo Region hosts public information meetings
on rapid transit proposals, March 1, 3, 9 and 10



The Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit team is hosting a series of public consultation centres to hear what you have to say about rapid transit in the region.

Region staff have developed 10 options for a regional rapid transit plan, each costing between $500 million and $1 billion. The plans include light rail transit, bus rapid transit or both. The Region proposes increasing taxes annually tax over six years to pay for the system.

The least expensive option is continue with building roads, and skip the rapid transit plan, which would cost $500 million. The most expensive is to build light rail transit line from St. Jacobs Market to the Galt City Centre in Cambridge. That would cost more than $1.5 billion.

The province and federal governments have pledged up to $535 million for a rapid transit project in the region.

Regional Council will pick which option it prefers in April before making a final decision in June. Construction would likely start in 2014.

The events take place on Tuesday, March 1, Thursday, March 3, Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10.

You can review and comment on the various options for setting up and operating rapid transit in Waterloo Region and ask Region staff questions about the project during the public consultation centres. You can also participate in a webcast on Wednesday, March 2 or on-line discussion boards.

The region is also setting up information booths and displays in various malls and shopping areas throughout the region, where you can also learn more about the plans. You can view the displays on Saturdays, March 5, March 12 and March 19.


Public consultation centres


Tuesday, March 1

From 3 until 8 p.m.
Calvary United Church,
48 Hawkesville Road,
St. Jacobs

Getting there by public transit:

This site is a bit remote from Grand River Transit service.

Buses operating along the 21 Elmira route drop off and pick up passengers at King Street North and Front Street — about six blocks from the church.

Walk north along King North across the Conestogo River bridge, turn left on Northside Drive, then left again on Main Street / Hawkesville Road to the church.

The last southbound bus leaves St. Jacobs at 7:15 p.m. The last northbound bus leaves at 6:44 p.m.

Thursday, March 3

From 3 until 8 p.m.
Albert McCormick Community Centre,
500 Parkside Drive,
Waterloo

Getting there by public transit:

iXpress buses to McCormick Station.

9 Lakeshore or 73 Northlake buses to Cedarbrae Boulevard and Parkside Drive.

and

Thursday, March 3

From 3 until 8 p.m.
Region of Waterloo,
150 Frederick Street,
Kitchener

Getting there by public transit:

Most buses operating in downtown Kitchener stop within one block of the site.

Wednesday, March 9

From 3 until 8 p.m.
First United Church,
16 William Street West,
Waterloo

Getting there by public transit:

iXpress buses to Uptown Waterloo Station, walk two blocks south.

5 Erb, 7 Mainline buses to William Street and King Street South.

and

Wednesday, March 9

From 3 until 8 p.m.
Region of Waterloo,
150 Main St.,
Cambridge

Getting there by public transit:

54 Lisbon Pines, 58 Elmwood, 59 Christopher, 63 Champlain to Main Street East and Harris Street.

All buses operating through the Galt City Centre and the Ainslie Street Terminal stop within two blocks of the site.

Thursday, March 10

From 3 until 8 p.m.
United Kingdom Club,
35 International Village Drive,
Cambridge

Getting there by public transit:

All buses operating through the Cambridge Centre Terminal stop within two blocks of the site.

and

Thursday, March 10

From 3 until 8 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church,
247 Westmount Road East,
Kitchener

Getting there by public transit:

2 Forest Hill or 12 Conestoga Mall / Fairview Mall buses to Westmount Road East and Village Road.

If you can’t attend a meeting but you still want to get involved, you can participate in a live, interactive webcast on Wednesday, March 2 from 7 until 8 p.m. Add your voice to our discussion boards; follow the rapid transit project on Twitter (@ROWRapidTransit) and Facebook (facebook.com/ROWRapidTransit).


Information booths and displays in malls


Saturday, March 5
  • Fairview Park Mall, 2960 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener - from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Kitchener Farmers’ Market, 300 King Street East, Kitchener - from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
  • Conestoga Mall, 550 King Street North, Waterloo — from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 19
  • Cambridge Centre, 355 Hespeler Road, Cambridge — from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Ten options for building rapid transit in Waterloo Region


The Region has released 10 options for rapid transit — either light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT) or both. Staff have also estimated the cost of building each option.

  1. LRT from Conestoga Mall to Ottawa Street and BRT from Ottawa Street to Ainslie Street Terminal - $644 million
  2. LRT from Conestoga Mall to Block Line Road and BRT from Block Line Road to Ainslie Street - $770 million
  3. LRT from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Park Mall and BRT from Fairview Park Mall to Ainslie Street - $818 million
  4. LRT from Conestoga Mall to Sportsworld Drive and BRT from Sportsworld Drive to Ainslie Street - $960 million
  5. LRT from Northfield Drive to Ottawa Street and BRT from Ottawa Street to Ainslie Street - $608 million
  6. LRT from Northfield Drive to Block Line Road and BRT from Fairview Park Mall to Ainslie Street - $733 million
  7. LRT from Northfield Drive to Fairview Park Mall and BRT from Fairview Park Mall to Ainslie Street - $773 million
  8. LRT from Northfield Drive to Fairview Park Mall and BRT from Fairview Park Mall to Ainslie Street - $922 million
  9. LRT from St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Ainslie Street - $1.55 billion
  10. BRT from St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Ainslie Street - $702 million

You can find out more about the Waterloo region rapid transit project here.