By Ray Martin
For the Post
Everything is coming together in the development of a new transportation hub at Sportsworld Crossing.
In a report to Waterloo Region’s planning and works committee last week, councillors learned the new Sportsworld transit terminal and car-pool facility will be ready for business in January.
The transportation hub will be a crossroads for Grand River Transit, GO Transit and Greyhound services in south Kitchener and parts of Cambridge.
“The fact that we have been able to work things out and get GO, GRT and Greyhound together to co-exist on this site is really good news,” said planning commissioner Rob Horne.
According to the report, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, which owns the site just off Highway 8 at Sportsworld Drive, is finalizing an agreement with GO to share capital and operating costs of the facility.
In turn, GO and the Region of Waterloo are finalizing a similar cost-sharing agreement for capital and ongoing maintenance costs.
The new transportation hub will have parking for 128 vehicles, and four bays to accommodate articulated buses — two buses each for GO and GRT.
Two large heated bus shelters for GO and GRT customers will also be built, and the GRT shelter will be equipped with a real-time message board displaying arrival and departure.
The hub will also have pedestrian lighting and bike racks.
Construction of the facility will be completed by the end of the year. Greyhound and GO Transit will launch operations Jan. 4.
From the Sportsworld hub, GO Transit will provide 19 weekday trips, 15 Saturday and eight Sunday trips to and from Milton where passengers can connect with GO train service. Greyhound service will run from Sportsworld east to downtown Toronto and west to London.
GRT buses begin operations Jan.7, with buses on routes 72 and 52 routes making stops.
The total cost of the project is $1.2 million. The region’s share is still under negotiation with Metrolinx, but not expected to exceed $365,000. Regional staff will maintain the new facility.
Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig applauded the development of the facility and asked staff if GO might further expand services in Cambridge.
John Cicuttin, regional transportation development manager, told Craig that “GO is investigating that possibility.”
Following the meeting, Cicuttin said improving GO service into Cambridge makes a lot of sense, but believes it will be several months until more is known.