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Beginning of the planning for LRT Stage 2.

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The creation of the Rapid Transit Corridor has been a long process with many key events. The Community Building Strategy is an opportunity to explore the relationship between the Rapid Transit Corridor and a whole host of other city-building initiatives such as place-making, enhancing mobility, reurbanization and cultural expression. Region of Waterloo Council approves the Regional Growth Management Strategy, which includes a higher-order transit system.

 Rapid transit was ďŹ rst identiďŹ ed in the Regional Plans in the late 1970s.

Creation of Grand River Transit to co-ordinate transit services throughout the region.

The Provincial Growth Plan encourages more compact, transit-supportive growth, and recognizes Downtown Cambridge, Downtown Kitchener, and Uptown Waterloo as 'Urban Growth Centres'.



GO Train service begins in the Region.

 Municipality led Station Area Planning Process (commencing late 2012).



 Grand River Transit begins express service via its iXpress system.

Region of Waterloo | Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy

The Process

Full implementation of the aBRT, and construction of LRT Stage 1.



Environmental Assessment approved by the Ontario Minister of the Environment

 

Rapid Transit Corridor Detailed Design

 The Provincial and Federal Governments announce funding for rapid transit in Waterloo Region.



    

Operation of LRT Stage 1 begins

 Time frame of the Regional Transportation Master Plan and the Region’s and City’s OfďŹ cial Plans.


The Community Building Strategy will build on many regional and local initiatives, while integrating closely with other complementary ongoing projects such as the Growth Management Strategy and Rapid Transit Project Implementation.

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• Regional and Local Official Plan Amendments

• Regional Official Plan • Regional Growth Management Strategy • Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategies

• Regional Transportation Master Plan • Raoud Transit Project Environmental Project Report • City of Waterloo Council-adopted Official Plan • City of Waterloo Height and Density Study

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• Policy Recommendations for Regional Official Plan • Policy Directions/Parameters for station areas prepared by local municipalities

• City of Kitchener Draft Official Plan • Input into Rapid Transit Engineering • City of Kitchener Downtown Action Plan • City of Cambridge Draft Official Plan • City of Cambridge Intensification Study

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• Pre-Design Engineering of the RT Line and Stations

Region of Waterloo | Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy

The Process & Outcomes: Integrating Key Streams


The Corridor contains many different places to live, learn, work, shop, play and move. The Community Building Strategy is an opportunity to build on existing strengths & identify strategies that will result in more cohesive & livable communities. LEARNING

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Low density housing

Medium density housing

High density housing

Public/Catholic school

Post-secondary school

Library

Places to Learn within the Region

Places to Live within the Region

Housing, Downtown Kitchener

Housing near the Universities.

Kaufman Lofts

Housing near Ainslie Station, Cambridge

Mid-Rise Housing, Waterloo

Heritage Homes, Cambridge

University of Waterloo

Victoria Public School

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

Conestoga College

Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Waterloo - School of Architecture

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Living and Learning on the Corridor


The Corridor contains many different places to live, learn, work, shop, play and move. The Community Building Strategy is an opportunity to build on existing strengths & identify strategies that will result in more cohesive & livable communities. WORKING

SHOPPING

Retail

Employment area

Places to Work within the Region

Places to Shop within the Region

The Lang Tannery

NorthďŹ eld Business Park

Waterloo Research & Technology Park

Downtown Kitchener

Cambridge Centre, Hespeler Road

Uptown Waterloo

Uptown Waterloo

Cambridge Business Park

Ottawa - Borden Employment Corridor

Fairview Park Mall, Kitchener

Conestoga Mall, Waterloo

King Street Shopping

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Working & Shopping on the Corridor

Restaurant


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Waterloo Park

Uptown Waterloo

Riverside Park, Cambridge

Kitchener

Grand River Transit

Ainslie Street Station

RIM Park, Waterloo

Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo

Victoria Park, Kitchener

The Laurel Trail

Fairview Park Mall Transit Terminal

The Iron-Horse Trail

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Playing & Moving on the Corridor

Local bus routes

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Developing mobility hubs and system portals that seamlessly integrate various forms of movement

Creating comfortable waiting areas with amenities for waiting passengers

Providing real-time trip planning information to help users plan their journeys

Mixing a range of transit service types to meet the diverse needs of their communities

Providing real-time passenger information to inform riders of delays

Using high quality transit vehicles to change the image of public transit

Providing stops and stations with real-time passenger information and integrated bike racks

Locating uses in proximity to transit stop to improve user experience and convenience

Incorporating public art at stops and stations to enhance user enjoyment

Creating accessible crossing points that are ramped and well marked for users

Using clear information and wayďŹ nding designed to cater to people with a range of abilities

Creating safe, designated waiting areas for passengers using the system after hours

Connecting key destinations so that they are easier to get to on transit

Incorporating special features and surfaces to assist people who are visually impaired

Creating an accessible transit system that supports people of all ages and abilities

Region of Waterloo | Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy

Precedents - What It Looks Like In Other Places

Incorporating features that help to enhance the safety of transit facilities


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Locating cycling amenities such as pumps at major transit stations

Providing bike racks throughout the community to make it easier to ride your bike places

Providing bike rental facilities to facilitate short trips between destinations

Providing bike stations at key transfer points to facilitate longer term storage and repair

Using bike ramps to enable cyclists to walk bikes up stairways

Creating a network of well marked cycling routes connecting key destinations

Designing intersection to prioritize cyclists and pedestrians

Enabling cyclists to take transit for longer journeys

Providing a mix of cycling facilities such as both on and off-road trails that cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities

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Providing safe frequent designated crossing points of transit routes

Creating clearly marked crossing points for both cyclists and pedestrians

Creating memorable public spaces in proximity to transit

Providing amenities such as seating and lighting that can enhance user comfort

Using wayďŹ nding to make it easier for pedestrians to ďŹ nd their way to key destinations

Creating safe and well lit underpasses that are designed to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists

Designing auto-oriented places to support pedestrians

Creating comfortable streets and sidewalks with weather protection

Region of Waterloo | Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy

Precedents - What It Looks Like In Other Places


Percentage of the Population that Commutes by Transit More Take Transit 11%

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Percentage of the Population that Commutes by Cycling More Cycle 4%

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Percentage of the Population that Commutes by Walking More Walk 15%

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Moving through the Corridor

The patterns of mobility vary throughout the Central Transit Corridor. Generally there are higher levels of walking, cycling and transit use close to the Universities and in higher density neighbourhoods along the RT route.

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