King-Victoria Transit Hub will be a decade out
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Feb 15, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

King-Victoria Transit Hub will be a decade out

Kitchener Post

The Victoria-King Transit Hub won’t be completed for another 10 years.

With the province committing $43 million in 2016 for the transit components of the transit system’s future focal point, the Region of Waterloo is still in the transaction period. By mid-2018, it hopes to negotiate and finalize the funding agreement with Ontario, select an advisory team, short list potential developers and develop a community consultation plan.  

A staff report presented to the region’s planning and works committee Feb. 14, outlined the timeline.

“It takes quite a while for all the proponents to line up and for developers to provide a detailed design for the request for proposals,” said Coun. Tom Galloway, committee chair.

The next four years, or until 2021, will focus on developing transit components that will eventually link passengers with Ion LRT, Go Transit, VIA rail service and Grand River Transit. These components include a transit hall, plazas, parking and a temporary Victoria Street bus loop, bus bays and passenger pickup and drop off lanes.

“We want the transit facilities built by 2021,” said Galloway. “It’s what we’re most interested in.”

The region expects the towers above the station to be developed for mixed land use and will be market driven, making the timeline longer or until 2027. The Go Train platform, multi-use trail across King Street and pedestrian under or overpass will also be developed after the first phase is complete.

The transit hub at Victoria and King streets will be 800,000 to one-million square feet with four buildings to offer high-density residential, retail and office space.

The region is expecting the $43 million will be enough to fund the project, which is projected to generate more than $100 million in transportation-related benefits over 30 years.

The first Ion LRT vehicle will make its way from Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant to Waterloo Region tomorrow.

The delivery is expected to take between 10 to 12 days.

“This is an important milestone for Ion and the region,” said Coun. Tom Galloway, chair of planning and works committee, in a statement. “Getting the trains into our community moves us one step closer to launching Ion service this year.”

Thirteen more vehicles are expected to arrive by the end of the year and the region will continue to monitor Bombardier.

The first train will be delivered to Ion operations at the maintenance and storage facility.

Bombardier and Grandlinq staff will spend a couple of weeks preparing it for testing in the spring.

Testing will take place on the Ion test track between Northfield Ion stop to the Caroline and Erb Street intersection.

Residents will have an opportunity to see the first Ion train at the operations, maintenance and storage facility in April.

The region is planning an open house at the LRT facility in Waterloo.  

The second Ion LRT vehicle will be shipped from Bombardier’s Kingston plant in June or July.

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By Cory | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 04:38 PM
"“We want the transit facilities built by 2021,” said Galloway. “It’s what we’re most interested in.”" Misleading headline is misleading.
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