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Stage 2 ION: Light rail transit from Kitchener to Cambridge

UPDATE: The comment period on the Draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) has closed. Thank you to everyone that provided comments. The Draft EPR will remain available on the project website while comments are reviewed and considered and the EPR is finalized.

On December 10th, 2020 the Notice of Commencement was issued, kicking off the Stage 2 ION Transit Project Assessment Process.

The Region of Waterloo is proposing to extend the ION LRT system an additional 18 km from Fairway station in Kitchener to Downtown Cambridge with eight new stations, creating a continuous LRT service across the Region’s three urban centres. Regional Council endorsed the Preferred Route in June 2019 and the preliminary design in April 2020.

Stage 2 ION: Light rail transit from Kitchener to Cambridge

UPDATE: The comment period on the Draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) has closed. Thank you to everyone that provided comments. The Draft EPR will remain available on the project website while comments are reviewed and considered and the EPR is finalized.

On December 10th, 2020 the Notice of Commencement was issued, kicking off the Stage 2 ION Transit Project Assessment Process.

The Region of Waterloo is proposing to extend the ION LRT system an additional 18 km from Fairway station in Kitchener to Downtown Cambridge with eight new stations, creating a continuous LRT service across the Region’s three urban centres. Regional Council endorsed the Preferred Route in June 2019 and the preliminary design in April 2020.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    As part of the Transit Project Assessment (TPA) Process, we want your feedback on the environmental impact of the Stage 2 ION LRT project and on the draft report that documents the environmental assessment (i.e. the Environmental Project Report). 

    Your feedback will be used to confirm the completeness of the draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) and to identify issues that may need further consideration in the next design phase.

    Your responses may be disclosed verbatim as part of a summary report. Any information you provide will remain confidential, meaning that any identifying information will be removed from the summary report. A small number of staff will have access to the data. The summary report may be shared publicly on the Region’s website, Engage Waterloo Region project page and/or reported to Regional Council. 

    Feedback can be provided online by completing the following survey, or by emailing the project team at Stage2ION@regionofwaterloo.ca

    The survey takes about five minutes to complete. It will remain open until February 12, 2021.

    For more information please review:

    • FAQs: What is a TPA Process and what is an EPR?. 
    • the TPA engagement presentation video
      • Part 1: Introduction to the study, TPA Process, draft EPR, timeline and next steps
      • Part 2: Draft EPR Section 1 to 5 - Introduction, EA process, pre-planning activities, consultation and engagement, and existing conditions
      • Part 3: Draft EPR Section 6 - Project Description
      • Part 4: Draft EPR Section 7 and 8 - Impact Assessment, Mitigation, Monitoring, Approvals and Commitments to Future Work  
    • The draft EPR, available on the project website: regionofwaterloo.ca/Stage2ION
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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    In North Cambridge, route and station location refinements have been evaluated and the project team has determined a preferred refinement between Hamilton Street and the Eagle Street Canadian Pacific Rail crossing.

    At this time, we are requesting feedback on the Project Team Preferred Refinement.

    Feedback can be provided online by completing the following survey or by attending an informal, drop-in meeting on Wednesday, March 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Preston Memorial Auditorium in Cambridge.

    The survey will remain open until April 3, 2019.

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