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Grand River Transit 2015 service plan:
Public meetings, November 6, 12, 13, 18, 20, 26



Grand River Transit is planning to implement a number of changes to its routes and services in 2015.

You can have your chance to review, and comment on, the plans at one of several upcoming public meetings, when GRT staff will present their proposals and listen to what you have to say about their ideas.

GRT will consider your feedback when it develops its final 2015 Transit Service Improvement Plan. Staff will present that plan at a second set of public meetings next spring. They’ll further consider public input from that series of meetings, and further tweak the plans, if necessary. They’ll then recommend that Waterloo Region’s Planning and Works Committee and then Regional Council approve the final plan.

If council approves the plan and the related budget, GRT would implement the 2015 service improvements Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.


The public meetings take place:


Among the proposals:

  • introducing a new limited-stop iXpress route between the Boardwalk and the intersection of Ottawa North with Lackner Boulevard;
  • introducing a new limited-stop iXpress route along Ottawa Street North between King Street East and Lackner Boulevard;
  • introducing Sunday-and-holiday service along the 22 Laurentian West route;
  • revising or combining several routes, including 1 Stanley Park, 2 Forest Hill, 15 Frederick, 17 Heritage Park, 20 Victoria Hills, 23 Idlewood, 24 Highland and 25 Queen South;
  • realigning or eliminating various branches of the 7 Mainline route in Kitchener and Waterloo so that buses mostly travel on the King Street mainline for most of their route; and
  • realigning the “via Franklin” branch of the 8 University / Fairview Park Mall route, in part to replace some of the 7 Mainline branches in south Kitchener.

By building the ION light rail transit line and expanding bus network, the Region of Waterloo and GRT hope to provide more transportation choices for people and create a more vibrant and liveable community. ION will travel along the Central Transit Corridor through the cores of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge.

The LRT starts operating in 2017 between Conestoga Mall and Fairview Park Mall. ION adaptive bus rapid transit will enhance iXpress service between Fairview Park Mall and Ainslie Street Terminal in Cambridge in 2015, including stations with larger modern-styled shelters and real-time passenger information displays, a more direct alignment using Hespeler Road and traffic by-pass lanes at several intersections.

GRT continues to implement a network of limited stop iXpress routes that integrates with the future ION line. The 2015 Transit Service Improvement Plan includes a new east-west iXpress corridor in Kitchener along Highland Road West and Victoria Street North and streamlines local routes in west and east Kitchener.

The future light rail line also provides GRT with an opportunity to rationalize the alignment of the 7 Mainline route, so it’s proposing to eliminate the two Route 7 branches to the University of Waterloo. (Buses operating along these branches travel the same corridor as the future ION line. Route 7 riders traveling to and from the university would have choose whether to use a more frequent 200 iXpress with more iXpress stations or a more frequent Route 7 service, where buses travel only on King Street to and from Conestoga Mall.


You can also review the plans on-line. GRT has prepared two maps that outline alternate versions of its various proposals. You can view the maps here (.pdf) and here (.pdf).

You can also view a map outlining streets, which, if Waterloo Regional Council approves one or the other of the two alternatives, will receive new transit or will no longer have transit service here. (.pdf)

You can read more details about the proposals here.


Drop in to any of the following public meetings:

Thursday, November 6

Region of Waterloo Administrative Headquarters,
Main Lobby,
150 Frederick Street,
Kitchener.
From 2 until 7 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Inbound buses operating along the 1 Stanley Park, 4 Glasgow, 15 Frederick and 23 Idlewood routes stop at the front door of Regional Headquarters. Outbound buses stop across the street.
  • Buses operating along the 8 Fairview Park Mall via Weber / Courtland and 8 University via Franklin / Westmount routes stop at the front door. Buses operating along the 8 Fairview Park Mall via Westmount / Franklin and 8 University via Courtland / Weber routes stop across the street.
  • Most other GRT routes operating through downtown Kitchener stop within one or two blocks of the headquarters.
Wednesday, November 12

University of Waterloo,
Room 1301 (DC 1301),
William G. Davis Computer Research Centre,
200 University Avenue West,
Waterloo.
From 2 until 7 p.m.

Getting there by public transit

  • Buses operating along the 7E Mainline via Columbia and 13 Laurelwood routes stop on Ring Road beside the Davis Centre. Buses operating along the 7D Mainline via University and 9 Lakeshore routes stop across the road from the Davis Centre.
  • Kitchener-bound buses operating along the 200 iXpress route stop beside the Davis Centre; Waterloo-bound buses stop across the road.
  • Buses operating along these routes stop on University Avenue West, south of the Davis Centre: 8 University via Franklin / Westmount, 8 Fairview Park Mall via Westmount / Franklin, 12 Conestoga Mall - Fairview Park Mall, 29 Keats Way, 202 iXpress.
  • Buses operating along these routes stop on Columbia Street West, north of the Davis Centre: 31 Columbia, 201 iXpress.
Thursday, November 13

Wilfrid Laurier University
Concourse - Fred Nichols Campus Centre
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo
From 2 until 7 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • buses operating along the 7D Mainline via University, 8 University via Franklin / Westmount, 8 Fairview Park Mall via Westmount / Franklin, 9 Lakeshore, 12 Conestoga Mall - Fairview Park Mall, 29 Keats Way and 201 iXpress routes to University Avenue West and Hazel Street. Walk south through the campus to the campus centre.
Tuesday, November 18

Real Canadian Superstore
Community Room
875 Highland Road West
Kitchener
From 4 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Buses operating along the 2 Forest Hill, 19 Victoria South, 20 Victoria Hills, 22 Laurentian West, 24 Highland and 25 Queen South routes to Highland Hills Terminal, beside the store.
  • Buses operating along the 201 iXpress route to Highland iXpress station. Walk southwest to the store.
Thursday, November 20

St. Anthony Daniel Parish
Raphael and Michael Rooms
29 Midland Drive
Kitchener
From 4 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Buses operating along the 8 Fairview Park Mall via Westmount / Franklin and 8 University via Franklin / Westmount routes to Franklin Street North south of Ottawa Street North. Walk to Ottawa Street, then turn right one block to the church.
Wednesday, November 26

Emmanuel Village
Bistro Room
1250 Weber Street East
Kitchener
From 4 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Waterloo-bound buses operating along the 7B Mainline via Weber route or buses operating along the 8 University via Franklin / Westmount route to Weber Street East and Fergus Avenue beside Emmanuel Village.
  • Kitchener-bound buses operating along the 7B Mainline via Weber route or buses operating along the 8 Fairview Park Mall via Westmount / Franklin route to Weber Street East east of Fergus Avenue. Cross at the signal to the northwest corner, then walk west along Weber East to Emmanuel Village.

Inbound buses operate toward downtown.

Outbound buses operate away from downtown.