Where will ION light rail take you?
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Where will ION light rail take you?

October 11, 2019

ION light rail is coming to Waterloo Region. Critics say the trains will only run from
mall to mall, or that few will want to ride it. But what’s the reality? Where will ION go, and who will it carry? Travelling along the Central Transit Corridor,
ION will connect far more than just two malls. It will link two downtowns, four university
campuses, Grand River Hospital, inter-city transit, countless employment, shopping, and cultural destinations, and more than 20 neighbourhoods. Operating within its own right of way, ION
light rail trains will never be stuck in traffic. The transit hub at Victoria will link ION
with inter-city transit to the GTA and beyond. ION will form the spine of an iXpress bus
network that will provide fast, reliable transit to all parts of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. When service begins in 2017, it will carry
25,000 passengers a day, numbers that will only increase as our Region grows. With developers and tech companies clamouring
to be near the central transit corridor, we’ll soon be discussing the extension of ION light rail into Cambridge. Where will ION LRT take you? For more, visit tritag.ca


  • Reply Frank White February 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    "will soon be discussing an extension into Cambridge…."

    Discussion…that's about it.

  • Reply Iain Hendry February 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Excellent video, thanks!

  • Reply Kevin Chuang February 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    build it faster, 2017? So many students will graduate by that time

  • Reply Gary T February 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    The only place ION is taking anyone is to the cleaners. The Region is already cutting major social programs, like assistance to welfare recipients, to fund LRT, to say nothing of the impending massive tax hikes. I would have gladly ridden bus rapid transit, a MUCH cheaper, perfectly fine, alternative, so that we can continue to support those less fortunate. Let's hope that new council kills it.

  • Reply Ron Loxton February 26, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    ION trains may never be stuck in traffic but they will NEVER come to Cambridge.

  • Reply Scott Morris February 27, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Wondering where Waterloo Region's LRT will travel?  Here is an informative video outlining the corridor and what is currently along it.  It is not just mall-to-mall.  The LRT also has its own RoW (Right-of-Way) so it isn't held up by traffic!  For more information, detailed documents and other resoursed related to the LRT, visit the Region's Rapid Transit website: http://rapidtransit.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/
      #LRT #regionofwaterloo #ION #Kitchener #Waterloo #Cambridge  

  • Reply badenmark February 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Wonder how much the video cost — oh yeah, that's right, regional politicians don't care about costs. Put lipstick on a pig all you want, the train is still a mall-to-mall route that will serve students and people that can't afford cars. The rest of us will pay for it.

  • Reply Matthew VanderMeer February 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I am very excited about this project and this is an excellent video by TriTag.

    Opponents claim that this plan doesn't serve them directly and "it will never go to Cambridge".  This project will serve everyone as soon as it opens.  Less cars on the road will instantly result in more parking spaces available to those who need to drive.  Less cars means less maintenance, less waiting at traffic lights, less congestion and that means everyone wins.

    For Cambridge a strong transit system supported by the most heavily used transit route (straight up King to the universities to Contestoga mall) needs to be successful if there is any chance to get this type of service into Cambridge.  Cambridge is so decentralized that transit is very difficult to sustain on its own.  If you want transit in Cambridge at this calibre then you need to "get on board" and support this project first.

  • Reply Wayne Bell February 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Very good video and I am looking forward to the ION.

  • Reply Josh Morel February 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Great video. I am a young professional who has often considered moving to Toronto. The LRT and everything it is bringing is one major reason I am starting to consider that less.

  • Reply Aimee Oakley February 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    What a waste of money

  • Reply Rob Schaaf February 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Normally when you travel 'up' on a map, you are heading north.  But of course this video travels south.  But I guess that is par for the course in an area where you can apparently travel North, South, East and West on King St.  On the other hand, it is still going from mall to mall.

  • Reply Trent Bauman March 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I love the trip you outlined in the video. I think the LRT decision shows great foresight of the Region. Light Rail is what attracts quality development to the area. It helps create density along the path and hopefully reduce the need for sprawl. I will be one of the first riders when it opens.

  • Reply Basil Minhas May 9, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Can't wait until this comes to Cambridge and when will this come to Cambridge?

  • Reply Basil Minhas May 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

    http://www.tritag (dot) ca/blog/2014/03/11/infographic-lrt-is-on-the-way/

  • Reply Basil Minhas May 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Can't wait for this to role out in Cambridge.

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