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Transit open houses next two weeks

Kitchener Post staff

Open houses are being held across Waterloo Region next week to mark the next phase of efforts to develop a community-building strategy for the central transit corridor — the areas of Waterloo Region to be served by light rail transit beginning in 2017.

The week of events includes a presentation by Karina Ricks, an international transit expert who has helped create successful transportation systems around the world.

Ricks’ presentation is called Moving by car and moving by rapid transit: Understanding the connection between greater choice and community prosperity. It takes place at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W. in Waterloo, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

The presentation focuses on Ricks’ insights regarding encouraging community-building initiatives through innovative approaches to land-use and transportation planning.

A series of open houses includes a stop in Kitchener at the project storefront, 220 King St. W., Sept. 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m.

This is the third of four phases in developing a community-building strategy for the corridor. The last phase is expected to be complete, with a final strategy in place, by the end of the year.

The following week, Sept. 27, the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy will host an open house relating to the planned transit hub at King and Victoria streets.

This open house runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes displays featuring information about work that has been completed on the hub and work that is still planned.

A comment form will solicit feedback from those in attendance.

The preliminary plan for the area includes significant pedestrian space, large sidewalks, dedicated cycling paths, and a busy ground floor with retail, restaurants and services.

The transit hub is planned to replace the current bus terminal on Charles Street, while also acting as a major connection point for light rail transit, GO and Via trains and intercity buses.

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