Waterloo Regional Council just voted 9-2 to approve building an $818 million light rail transit (LRT) system that will run 19 kilometres from Fariview Park Mall in Kitchener to Conestoga Mall in Waterloo.
The Regional government will contribute $253 million, and higher levels will contriubte the other $565 million.
The Waterloo Region rapid transit office has released a video modeling the LRT system:
According to the Regional government:
LRT is an important part of the Region's plan to accommodate significant population and employment growth over the next 20 years. It will encourage greater intensification in existing developed areas, provide an alternative transportation choice that will encourage transit ridership growth, improve the ability to move within the region and help to shape the urban form.
Construction could start as soon as 2014 and be completed by 2017.
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