Updated: February 28, 12:45 p.m.
Buses? Trains? Buses and trains? Just build more roads?
A recent report by the Region of Waterloo presents 11 options related to rapid transit. We now have a much clearer picture of the alternatives and their financial implications so that we can determine which one best contributes to a better future for Waterloo Region. We can make a choice that is responsible and affordable.
In general, I am pleased with the comprehensive information now available that we did not have in the fall election due the announcement of the federal government commitment coming just before it began. I only wish that we had been presented with some alternate financing options rather than assuming that the Region’s portion would be funded through a property tax increase. I expect though that would have unnecessarily complicated the picture and trust that alternate financing options will be considered as a part of the process.
My objective with this post is to help to share the information we have been given about the options being considered and help you connect with opportunities to make your voice heard.
Rapid transit options
Here are the options and analysis of them as presented to Regional Council. The information is broken into several sections. The chart below takes this information and presents it in a way that allows you to easily compare the information as it relates to all the options. It is from a Waterloo Region Record article from February 15. While I like the user-friendly format of the chart, it does not replace the more detailed information in the report itself.
Maps of the route options being considered can be found here.
Join the conversation and make your voice heard
Wednesday, March 2, 7 – 8 p.m. Live and interactive webcast. Details here.
The Region of Waterloo is holding a series of public consultation sessions so that you can learn more about what is being considered and why. These consultations are a part of a conversation that the Region is holding with residents to assist Regional Council in making its decision. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn about rapid transit. They are also an opportunity for you to make your voice heard about which option contributes to a higher quality of life for everyone living in Waterloo Region. The choice made will affect our future as we continue to grow.
Each session runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1:
Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacobs
Thursday, March 3
Albert McCormick Community Centre, 500 Parkside Dr., Waterloo OR
Region of Waterloo, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener
Wednesday, March 9:
First United Church, 16 William St. W., Waterloo OR
Region of Waterloo, 150 Main St., Cambridge
Thursday, March 10:
United Kingdom Club, 35 International Village Dr., Cambridge OR
Faith Lutheran Church, 247 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener
Public Information Booth Dates and Locations
Saturday, March 5
Fairview Park Mall – 2960 Kingsway Dr., Kitchener – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kitchener Farmer’s Market – 300 King St. E., Kitchener – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
Conestoga Mall – 550 King St. N., Waterloo – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 19
Cambridge Centre – 355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are also online discussion boards where you can discuss this proposed project.
What is my perspective?
I think that my perspective on my preferred technology is pretty clear. It’s just a question of which route will be most affordable and effective at managing growth. I’m still considering which option I prefer.
Please feel free to share here which option you prefer to assist me.