Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in public transit and active transportation infrastructure to support Waterloo Region residents


Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in public transit and active transportation infrastructure to support Waterloo Region residents

Joint federal, provincial, and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support 10 public transit and active transportation projects in the Waterloo Region, Ontario. These investments will support healthier and more sustainable communities.

The Government of Canada is investing over $13 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS). The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $11 million, while the Region of Waterloo is contributing over $17 million.

Project Information:

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Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Municipal / Other Funding

Expansion of Transit Service at Conestoga College

Conestoga College Doon Campus transit station will be expanded to include six new buses and a bus terminal, bike parking, heated shelters and new signage. More transit users will be able to access the system safely and more efficiently.




Highway 7/8 Cycling and Pedestrian Bridge

Construction of a pedestrian and cycling bridge will improve active transportation options for residents and increase access to the public transit system.




Market Trail to ION Light Rail Transit

Construction of a 1.7 km shared-use active transportation trail to ION Light Rail Transit within the Region of Waterloo. The trail will include 10 bike racks, improvements at 3 road crossings, and the installation of new LED lighting. More pedestrians and cyclists will be able to access the light-rail transit system safely and efficiently.






Transit On-Street Infrastructure

On-street transit infrastructure improvements that will increase the safety and accessibility of the transit system. 60 bus stops will be renovated with new hard surface pads. Also, 10 new bus shelters will be built and improvements will be made to 2 pedestrian crossings and 10 intersections.




Intelligent transportation Systems (ITS) for Transit

Expanded use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) will aid in the operation of public transit. 30 new digital information displays at LRT platforms and nine new on-board information displays will make it easier for transit riders to reach their destinations. Upgrades will be made to the mobile payment application, as well as 36 mobile payment validation machines and 25 point-of-sale units.




Iron Horse Trail Improvements

Iron Horse Trail will be expanded to include 5 km of new pedestrian walkways and bike lanes connecting to public transit stops. This will result in improved access to public transit, and improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians when using the trail and public transit in the area. 




University of Waterloo Transit Shelter Canopy

Construction of several heated bus shelters and bike storage areas at the University of Waterloo bus station. These shelters will include up-to-date technology and will improve the passenger experience and accessibility to the transit system.




Ottawa Street at Highway 7 to King Street Reconstruction (Including Bike lanes)

Construction of 1.72 km of new bike lanes on Ottawa Street from King Street to Highway 7. The bike lanes will provide a continuous cycling route along Ottawa Street from adjacent bike lanes, connecting to the new Borden Avenue ION rapid transit station.




Hespeler Road at Highway 401 Cycling Facility

At Hespeler Road from Eastbound Ramp to 401 to Westbound Ramp to 401, a new cycling facility will provide a much-needed crossing at Highway 401, as part of the new Highway 401 interchange reconstruction by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The cycling facility will provide connections to Groh Avenue and to Pinebush Road, which are adjacent to numerous bus routes.




Multi Use Trail - Lackner Boulevard

Construction of a 1.9 km multi-use trail will connect two public transit stops to expand the active transportation network, improve connectivity to the public transit system, and the quality and accessibility for passengers.




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