ION Progress Update August 2, 2016 ION construction highlights As construction for ION light rail transit (LRT) progresses, follow ION on social media for construction updates, local business features, unique progress photos and more. Follow ION on: Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube
Courtland has re-opened to two-way traffic (one lane in each direction) with an embedded LRT track crossing
Both Queen/Charles and Queen/Duke (above) intersections have reopened to traffic
The Northfield LRT stop is taking shape. When ION service launches, both heavy and light rail trains will pass by
Anchor wall frames have been installed at several ION stops including Victoria Park (above)
Frederick closure Frederick, from Duke to Charles, recently closed for utility upgrades and relocation. This work requires a full closure of the King/Frederick intersection until approximately early-October as well as a full closure of the Frederick/Duke intersection until approximately earlyNovember. The Borden and Charles intersection was recently paved
During this time, sanitary, storm and watermain infrastructure will be replaced and relocated in advance of installing the ION LRT tracks and related infrastructure for ION. When completed, Frederick – like all streets along the ION corridor – will have new utilities, sidewalks, curbs and asphalt. Once utility work and road reconstruction is completed, work will also begin on the Frederick stop – located on Frederick, between King and Duke.
New curbs, sidewalks and LRT tracks stretch down King in front of the Kaufman building
Waterloo BIA update
ION contests The ION and Grand River Transit (GRT) ’thank you’ contest, as well as the #ShopCourtland contest wrapped up in July. For six months, ION and GRT teamed up to thank GRT riders for their patience during ION construction. Each week, a participant was randomly selected as the winner of a GRT monthly pass. ION and GRT would like to thank all those who participated in this contest as over 200 entries were received.
Staff from the Region, City of Waterloo and GrandLinq were on hand Tuesday, July 26 to provide an update to businesses on ION construction in UpTown Waterloo. Earlier this summer, it was confirmed that the lion’s share of LRT construction in UpTown is expected to be completed in time for the Christmas shopping season. The Region and GrandLinq regularly provide an opportunity for businesses to ask questions and provide feedback about ION construction at bi-monthly meetings.
The #ShopCourtland contest encouraged residents to visit a business on Courtland and to share their receipt on twitter – from there they were entered in to win a gift certificate from a business on Courtland. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming contests on our website.
Promoting ION businesses
Did you know: GrandLinq crews have installed 17,000 metres of ION track so far
Help share the love for your favourite #IONbiz along the ION corridor. When you want to help promote a business, use the #IONbiz hashtag ION will retweet this content to help spread the word.
#IONbiz features We continue to feature your favourite businesses along the ION corridor. For a full list of #IONbiz features visit our website.
Click above to view messages from businesses along the ION corridor
ION businesses on social media Do you know of a business along the ION corridor that could use some help setting up Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? Let us know. ION will assist any business along the ION corridor with getting started on social media. The Sign Depot was recently featured on ION’s Instagram page
ION resource maps
ION spotlight: Frederick
Heading UpTown or Downtown and need a place to park? We’ve saved a spot for you! Click on the parking map below to start planning your trip. There are parking maps available for both UpTown Wa