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GRT has laid out an ambitious plan to build a better, faster transit network over the next five years, centred on ION light rail.
A strong transit network is essential to keep our region moving as our population continues to grow. Investing in transit will help us manage congestion, reduce urban sprawl, and get the most out of our transportation infrastructure.
The 205 iXpress would travel along Ottawa Street between Fischer-Hallman Road and Lackner Boulevard. This crosstown express route would connect to ION stations in addition to the 201 and 204 iXpress.
The route would run every 15 minutes during the daytime on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on evenings, weekends and holidays. Up to 15 new iXpress stations would be built, with improved amenities.
Where will it take me?
The preliminary 2018 Transit Network would be implemented with the launch of ION light rail service, and involves the restructuring of routes to more directly connect with ION Light Rail stations and minimize the duplication of service.
Most routes in the Central Transit Corridor (central spine that runs through the heart of the urban communities in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo) and Southwest Kitchener would be modified.
The preliminary 2021 Transit Network has been developed based on three key principles:
In addition to urban transit service improvements, new and expanded services for the rural Townships are being considered.
The proposed service plans are subject to Regional Council approval.
Submit your feedback on GRT's New Directions and the proposed service maps.
An interim report on GRT's 2017-21 Business Plan was presented to the Planning and Works Committee of Regional Council on August 9, 2016.
The Regional Transportation Master Plan (RTMP) outlines a transportation network with transit at its core. The RTMP includes ridership targets of 28 million rides annually by 2021 and 53 million rides by 2031. GRT's 2017-2021 Business Plan maps out how we will improve our transit system over the next five years to meet those ridership targets.
Investing in transit benefits all residents in our communities. Greater transit use makes our transportation system more efficient for all users. It also supports a strong economy, and promotes sustainable development and more liveable communities.