We are about a month away from an expected decision on rapid transit in Waterloo Region. I would like to take this opportunity to summarize the case for choosing light rail, highlight recommended resources for learning more and staying on top of the latest developments and encourage you to make your voice heard.
I have shared in this space my perspectives on why our future depends upon light rail. Rather than repeat myself, I am going to share links to my posts that are most relevant to the decision being made.
First, I’d like to quickly address something I heard at Leadership Waterloo Region’s Conversation Cafe on rapid transit. Ruth Haworth of Taxpayers for Sensible Transit (or as she describes it, the anti-LRT group) was among those who suggested all Waterloo Region required was aBRT (Adapted Bus Rapid Transit) or a souped up version of the current iExpress. I couldn’t believe my ears. Sure it might be an improvement upon our current public transit system but not enough and definitely not for long enough. We’d almost certainly lose our funding from senior levels of government and with it our best chance to significantly upgrade transit, transform our cities and manage growth effectively.
Here’s my posts that I recommend anyone undecided on this issue read:
- Why my vote depends upon trains for rapid transit
- Light rail is the responsible choice – Part 2
- Rally for Rails from my perspective
- My preferred options for rapid transit
- What will Waterloo Region think of our light rail decision in 2041?
- Communitech which is an association of Waterloo Region’s tech sector has announced its support of light rail
- Avvey Peters of Communitech wrote an excellent blog that expands upon why light rail is desired
- Sustainable Waterloo supports light rail for its environmental benefits
- Jeffrey Casello associate professor of planning and civil engineering at the University of Waterloo being interviewed by Steve Paikin
Make your voice heard
It’s important that you make your voice heard as part of the rapid transit debate.
- Attend a public consultation centre being held by the Region of Waterloo
- Submit a comment as part of the consultation process.
- Write a letter to the editor of The Record or your local paper.
- Write and talk to your representatives on Regional Council.
- Appear before Regional Council on May 31 or June 1. First read the rules for delegations.