Largest Transit Expansion In Waterloo Region's History
McGuinty Government Supporting Rapid Transit, Creating Jobs
Ontario is providing the Region of Waterloo with $300 million to build rapid transit.
The project would be the largest single investment in transit infrastructure in the history of Waterloo region and includes light rail transit in both Waterloo and Kitchener, and bus rapid transit in Cambridge.
These transit improvements will:
- better connect the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge
- link to Grand River Transit and park and ride facilities
- connect to future GO Transit services.
This investment is expected to create about 3,000 jobs and economic opportunities for local businesses. It will also increase public transit use, reduce gridlock, improve air quality and build a stronger community.
Investing in public transit is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan to strengthen our economy by creating more jobs and opportunities for growth.
- Waterloo Region is a fast growing community in Ontario with a population of more than 500,000, projected to grow to 729,000 by 2031.
- With this investment, the McGuinty government has committed $372 million towards expanding and improving public transit in Waterloo Region since 2003.
“We are committed to supporting public transit in Waterloo Region to increase public transit use. Investing in public transit is a big part of our government's Open Ontario plan to strengthen our economy, and create more jobs and growth by being open to change and opportunities.”
“This is significant and exciting news for the Region of Waterloo and local residents. Investing in innovative local transit networks is good for the environment and our quality of life.”
“Building better public transit will benefit our economy, our communities and our environment. This is exciting news for our community.”
“We are pleased that the Province of Ontario has made a commitment to rapid transit in Waterloo Region. If we are to move into the future, we need a transit system that speaks to less urban sprawl, an attractive alternative to the automobile, and more respect for the environment we all share. Today's announcement will hopefully lead to a further commitment from the Federal government which will allow us to begin the necessary planning to move ahead.”