Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Today,
we are going to a brand new city, and bringing you guys the first of a series of Station
Focus videos detailing the light rail stations in Kitchener and Waterloo, part of the new
Waterloo ION system opening very soon. As the first entry in this series, we will be
taking you guys through Central Station. Enjoy the ride! Central station, as the name suggests, is
located at the center of the Kitchener Waterloo area, and it is one of the central stations
in the ION system as well. The station has a side platform configuration built into the
sidewalks of King Street, and it is outdoors and open-air, as all other ION stations are.
The designs of most ION stations are quite similar, but each station has some details
that are unique to itself. You might have noticed this Anchor Wall already.
Every single station in the system has a uniquely designed anchor wall that represents the nearby
area. In the case of central, the glass represents the innovative area, the blues and greens
represent intelligence, balance, and environmental awareness, and the placement of the colors
represents the different modes of transportation coming together here. Let’s look at some station features now.
Currently, we are on the platform that’s headed towards Fairway and Kitchener.
On the edge of the platform is a yellow and black coloured strip, with the black parts
conveniently pointing out where the doors will open on the trains.
This bench provides some nice seating in front of the window on the anchor wall.
And of course, being in Canada, a shelter is absolutely necessary for outdoor stations.
This one has a bench, and accessibility signage, presumably for train boarding.
Trash bins are also a necessity, as environmental friendliness is one of the big virtues of
the system, and Canada as a whole. If you want to know when the next train is
coming, this digital sign will provide ample information, and you can also press this button
for more information. Let’s take a look at the rest of the station
now. Lots of signage point to the fare vending
area. This is where you can purchase your fare for the trains or the buses, or you can
load up your easy go fare card, which is a preloaded card that you can use on any GRT
service. Thankfully the machine accepts coins, cash, and credit, so you have lots of options
to pay. If you need any help, this assistance button
will be your best friend. The rest of the station is exposed to the
elements, but it will be transformed in phase 2 of system development, should ridership
grow high enough. Again, we have the standard features like
benches and garbage bins, as well as this SOS bin for any emergency needs.
These poles might look a bit unidentifiable, but they are actually card readers for easyGo
users, so you don’t have to go up to the fare machine every single time.
The station has a couple of bike racks too, just in case you do need to lock your bike
somewhere. You may have spotted these weird-looking boxes
near the tracks as well. These are track lubricators that help the trains go through particularly
tight corners. Speaking of trains, here comes one that’s
undergoing testing right now. The platform on the opposite side has an extremely
similar layout to the one we were just at, being a mirror image to the fairway bound
platform. This platform serves trains heading towards Conestoga and Waterloo.
One addition to this side of the platform is this big utility box that contains system
equipment. Wonder how long it’ll be before it gets covered with graffiti.
This is quite a busy street with lots of traffic, so I do have a lot of hope for the ridership
of the system. At intersections, there are these signals
that serve the light rail trains. A horizontal bar means stop, and a vertical bar means safe
to proceed. The tracks here actually cross over to the
center lanes, so cyclists need to be aware to not trip over the tracks. The station is located at the busy King & Victoria
intersection, and there’s a lot of things around to see and to visit.
Following down Victoria Street, you’ll be able to find Kitchener rail station, which
serves the GO transit Kitchener line, as well as VIA trains. There’s also a bus station
here that serves numerous GRT bus routes, for easy connection to nearby destinations.
In the future, this will be the site of an interconnected transit hub, providing lots
of intermodal transportation. Of course, since we are in Waterloo, there’s
lots of technology companies and office buildings around, including Google’s building, and
of course, they can afford the best location in town, right beside the future transit hub.
The other end of the station connects to Moore Avenue and Wellington Street, and an office
building that houses Communitech. With a new public transit system incoming,
there’s lots of different interesting signage to get residents used to the new trains in
town. Enjoy a select few of them as we end this video. Thanks for watching guys, stay tuned for more
videos on the Waterloo ION, and when it does go into service we’ll definitely be there
to take a ride. Hope you guys enjoyed this, and we’ll see you in the next one!