What is the City of Waterloo’s Transportation Master Plan? Why does it need to be updated?
What is the process for the Transportation Master Plan update?
Does the Transportation Master Plan include transportation outside of the City of Waterloo?
The Transportation Master Plan will focus primarily on improvements to the transportation system within the City boundary. There maybe considerations made to advance transportation options across the region as appropriate.
What improvements have been made since the last Transportation Master Plan?
Since the previous plan, they City has made improvements to the city transportation network including widening and reconstruction of Columbia Street West, extending Laurelwood Drive, and implementing various on-road bikeways, multi-use trails, shared streets, wayfinding and road crossing improvements. Simultaneously, the Region of Waterloo has widened Ira Needles Boulevard and University Avenue, completed streetscape improvements on King Street. The Region has also completed the ION - rapid transit link between Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. The LRT service will launch in the spring of 2019, with eight transit stations located within the City of Waterloo.
Will the plan look at cycling and pedestrian issues and solutions or will it focus only on cars and transit?
The TMP will focus on the most effective ways to move people and goods within the City, following a complete streets approach. This will include looking at all forms of travel including walking, rolling and cycling.
How can I get/stay involved in the Transportation Master Plan engagement process?
o Sign up for project updates on the “Sign Up” tab on https://www.engagewr.ca/transportation-master-plan-looking-ahead
o Drop by one of the upcoming pop-up events – dates and locations coming soon.
o Participate in the online survey (https://www.engagewr.ca/transportation-master-plan-looking-ahead)
How will my input be used?
In the early stages your ideas and inputs will be used to shape the overall understanding of the current issues and opportunities facing transportation in the City as well as help to form a vision for the Transportation Master Plan that reflects the Waterloo community. In the later stages, your input will be used to identify the most appropriate actions to be included in the final Transportation Master Plan.
How can I stay informed of future updates?
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Chris Hodgson, Senior Project Engineer, Transportation Services, City of Waterloo and Gene Chartier, Vice President, Paradigm Transportation Solutions are listening and can address any questions you may have. Please send questions to waterlooTMP@ptsl.com or you can leave a comment on https://www.engagewr.ca/transportation-master-plan-looking-ahead.