ION Update April 2014
“Its agreement to fund $300 million of our rapid transit project reflects Ontario’s strong commitment to managing the growth that we are experiencing here in Waterloo Region to ensure a healthy and economically vibrant region.”
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Minister presents funding In March, Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure, visited Regional Headquarters to present Ken Seiling, Regional Chair, with the final funding agreement that will provide the Region of Waterloo with $300 million from the Government of Ontario for ION Stage 1 rapid transit. The final agreement marked yet another milestone in the implementation of ION and followed Council’s decision to approve GrandLinq as the preferred team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) ION Stage 1 light rail transit (LRT). “The Province continues to support the growth management strategies of this Region,” said Seiling.
The May edition of Region News, which is distributed to all households throughout the community, will feature a special four-page ION News pull out, filled with all the latest rapid transit updates, news and information. Keep an eye out for this special ION edition of Region News, which will be distributed in early May.
These projects include:
Connecting to roads
The Region will continue to invest in roads throughout our community. Road improvements, in combination with ION, provide greater connectivity, quality and choice for all residents – no matter what their transportation mode.
Since 2004, a total of 82 road expansion or improvement projects have been completed on Regional roads and bridges, for a total investment of $247 million. Some of the most recent investments include:
Weber Street - widening and grade separation at railway ($56 million) Fairway Road - extension including new bridge across the Grand River ($50 million) Ira Needles Boulevard - construction ($35 million) Hespeler Road - grade separation at railway ($25 million) Maple Grove Road - widening and grade separation at railway ($20 million) Townline Road - widening ($13 million)
Over the next 10 years, there are a number of major road expansions and improvements planned, for a further total investment of more than $860 million.
River Road - extension (approximately $79 million) Franklin Boulevard - road widening and intersection improvements (approximately $50 million) South Boundary Road in Cambridge extension (approximately $17 million) Fountain Street - reconstruction and replacement of bridge over the Grand River (approximately $12 million) Ira Needles Boulevard - widening (approximately $11 million) CanAmera Parkway - widening (approximately $3 million)
ION Soundbite “This commitment is the single largest transit infrastructure investment in the Region of Waterloo’s history and demonstrates Ontario’s dedication to public transit in one of the largest and fastest-growing urban areas in the province.” Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure speaking at Regional Headquarters in March
ION Spotlight: King/Victoria
The future King/Victoria Transit Hub The King/Victoria northbound stop
As part of the future Transit Hub, the ION King/Victoria stops will provide an important transfer point on the ION route as they will serve as key links in the Region of Waterloo’s transportation network with connections to VIA rail and GO Train services. King/Victoria will consist of two side-running stops. The northbound stop will be located in front of the Region’s new Transit Hub site, while the southbound stop will be in front of the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy. Located within the City of Kitchener’s Innovation District, the King/Victoria stops lie in the heart of a transformed downtown neighbourhood, with