Monthly ION Update - Region of Waterloo - Rapid Transit

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Monthly ION Update April 28, 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.

Embedded LRT track work has started on King in Kitchener

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Concrete is poured into a section of embedded LRT track on Charles in Kitchener

Overhead catenary system (OCS) that powers the trains is installed along the Waterloo spur

The foundation is poured for the Borden LRT stop on Charles at Borden

ION LRT stop progress Construction for ION LRT includes many different stages of work. These stages include underground utility relocation and replacement, road reconstruction and LRT track and infrastructure installation. There are also 19 LRT stops along the ION corridor that will be constructed. Foundations have currently been poured for eight LRT stops. ION LRT stops are 65 metres long and each one features a unique anchor wall. Once the foundations are poured, the next step is adding the platform – the layer on top of the concrete foundation with all of the textured tiles. Crews then add the glass canopy and all of the finishing touches such as ticket vending machines, information displays, benches and waste receptacles. See the finished product in the renderings below.

Conestoga ION LRT stop rendering – the overhead canopies are made of glass and steel

Poured foundations

Block Line ION LRT stop rendering – the large colourful structure is the anchor wall

View all of the ION LRT stop renderings on our website.

Visit our Facebook page to see an album with aerial shots of all of the poured LRT stop foundations so far.

Constructive Communications workshop

ION and IABC Waterloo recently hosted the third installment of the Constructive Communications workshop series. The presentation was led by Dylan McConnell, a Customer Communications Manager at OpenText in Waterloo.

ION contests

Looking for another great reason to shop local during ION construction? Visit any business along Courtland, between Block Line and Manitou for your chance to win. More information on this contest is available on our website.

A wide range of community members and representatives of local businesses were in attendance and had the opportunity to take away the key techniques needed to effectively market their businesses on social media. Stay tuned for information on the next free session this fall.

A number of GRT buses throughout the region now feature advertisements that encourage riders to enter a contest for a chance to win a GRT monthly pass! More information and full contest rules are available on our website.

Did you know: The ION logo on the stop anchor walls will glow brighter according to how close an approaching LRT vehicle is

Promoting ION businesses When you visit your favourite business along the ION corridor, help promote them by using the #IONbiz hashtag. ION will retweet this content to help spread the message.

#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. Marbles Restaurant in Waterloo was recently showcased on ION’s Instagram page

UpTown/Downtown parking

ION spotlight: Queen

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