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Construction Set To Start on Waterloo Rapid Transit

Web posted on August 23, 2014

Ontario is helping to break ground on the construction of 36 kilometres of rapid transit that will link Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge and connect commuters to full-day, two-way GO Train service between the Region of Waterloo and the Greater Toronto Area.

"Ontario's commitment is the single-largest transit infrastructure investment in the Region of Waterloo's history and demonstrates our dedication to public transit in one of the largest and fastest-growing urban areas in the province." Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

Starting in 2017, the route will include 19 kilometres of light-rail transit (LRT) 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 project will create approximately 8,000 jobs across the province and bring rapid, high-frequency transit to thousands of residents who travel throughout the area. The project is also supported by funding commitments of up to $265 million from the federal government and $253 million from the Region of Waterloo.

"This is the single-largest transit infrastructure investment in Waterloo region's history. It will help our region build a seamless, integrated public transit system, providing a range of transportation options for all of our residents." Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre.

Ontario has committed up to $300 million to support rapid transit in the Region of Waterloo. Building public transit and creating jobs are part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.