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GRT plans to develop a new transit station that will enhance transit service integration at the University of Waterloo.
A new roadway and bus stops will be built between Phillip Street and Ring Road, opposite the Davis Centre. This will increase bus access to the interior of campus, allow GRT routes to connect directly to the new ION light rail station and provide access to new developments on Phillip Street.
In Fall 2017, five bus routes would be modified to serve the new transit station: routes 9, 13, 31, 200 iXpress and 201 iXpress.
In early 2018, ION light rail will replace the 200 iXpress between Fairview Park and Conestoga Mall, as well as the 7D and 7E branches. Resources from the 200 iXpress, 7D and 7E will be redeployed to improve service on other routes.
The transit station will include new GRT and GO Transit stops, large shelters and realtime GRT departure information. It will also connect to the Laurel Trail, and provide a pedestrian/cycling link between Ring Road and Phillip Street.
Once construction of the Transit Station is complete, the following routes will be modified to serve it in both directions:
The proposed frequency of the 201 and 202 iXpress during Fall,
Winter and Spring would increase to every 10 minutes during
morning and afternoon peak periods. This would ease crowding on
Further GRT route changes are planned for the launch of ION light rail service, in order to restructure routes and minimize duplication with ION.
The following route will be modified to serve the UW Transit Station in both directions:
Other service changes that are proposed include:
New Directions is GRT's ambitious plan to build a better, faster transit network, centred on ION light rail, between 2017 and 2021. The plan includes six key priority areas:
Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on proposed routes to and the design of the new UW transit station.
Pending Regional Council approvals.