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Ontario To Add Go Train Rapid Transit In Waterloo Area

Web posted on April 09, 2014

Ontario has taken the next step to improve transit for commuters in the Region of Waterloo by finalizing its commitment to provide up to $300 million for a new rapid transit line that will connect Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. In addition to provincial funding, the project is supported by funding commitments of up to $265 million from the federal government and $253 million from the Region of Waterloo.

Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by fall 2017.

This significant investment will bring convenient transit to the thousands of residents who travel throughout the region and will connect commuters to GO Transit. The 36-kilometre route includes 19 kilometres of light rail transit from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener and 17 kilometres of bus rapid transit from Fairview Park Mall to the Ainslie Street Terminal in Cambridge.

"The Province continues to support the growth management strategies of this Region. 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 the Region of Waterloo to ensure a healthy and economically vibrant Region." Ken Seiling, Chair, Region of Waterloo.

Plans are underway to deliver full-day, two-way GO Train service between the Region of Waterloo and the Greater Toronto Area.

"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.

Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths--its people and strategic partnerships.