Transit Hub: Public Information Sessions & Online Survey

Your response and engagement is needed! arial map showing area for new transit hub in Kitchener, bordered by Victoria Street, Duke, Breithaupt and King

“The Region of Waterloo is building a transit hub at the corner of King and Victoria Streets. At the transit hub, you will feel like you have arrived at the centre of something different – a place that is in motion. The hub will give travellers their first and last impression of Waterloo Region and will be a place where journeys start, continue and end.”

~ Quote from Engage Waterloo Region Online Survey

Residents and neighbours surrounding the transit hub site will also want a “first and last impression” that complements and supports neighbourhood needs.

I know it feels like there is one new development after another around the edges of our midtown Mount Hope neighbourhood. That’s because there is.

The transit hub will be one of the more dramatic changes to take place over the next 5-10 years. In addition to being the central transportation point for local travel, commuting along the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor & connections to trails and paths, how could the transit hub also serve some needs of the neighbourhood? Is there opportunity for some community space? More community recreation facilities? What will the neighbourhood access look like from Waterloo Street? Will there be access?

This early phase is a critical stage for residents to engage with this development. Here are three ways:

  1. Attend one of the Public Information Centres during the month of April
    • Wednesday, April 4, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
      Region of Waterloo Administrative Headquarters, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener
    • Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
      The Shops Uptown Waterloo, 75 King St. S., Waterloo
    • Tuesday, April 10, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
      Albert McCormick Community Centre, Beaupre Room, 500 Parkside Dr., Waterloo
    • Wednesday, April 11, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
      Lions Arena, Lions Hall, 20 Rittenhouse Rd., Kitchener
  2. Complete the online survey to give your feedback and suggestions about the development by Friday April 13. It’s a rainy weekend, why not do it now! Click here to go to the survey here.
  3. Contact your Ward 10 Kitchener Councillor (Sarah Marsh) & your Region of Waterloo Councillors for Kitchener (Elizabeth Clarke, Tom Galloway, Karen Redman, Geoff Lorentz). You can also use the Email all Regional Councillors link on this page.

Don’t feel you can only pick one of these ways to engage. You can do them all!

The Public Information Centres are a great opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on aspects of the project that might be unclear at the moment. Because you can talk to a human staff person, it’s a great way to better understand the project timelines, what is and is not included in the project and who you can contact with follow up questions.

Collect all the business cards you can – then put them to good use!

Of course, when you do attend one of the Public Information Centre, be sure to take 2 or 3 neighbours with you! See you there.

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3 thoughts on “Transit Hub: Public Information Sessions & Online Survey

  1. Your post is all about the Transit hub. But the meetings are titled (according to the Region’s Events Calendar) “Planned 2018 Transit Network”. There may be an opportunity to discuss the hub but it is presented as a time to understand the changes to the overall transit system when ION starts running.

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    1. Thanks for that distinction Ted. After I re-read what I’ve written, it does make it sound like the public information session is just for the Transit Hub. The online survey does state “You can also share your input at one of the public information centres that are being done in collaboration with Grand River Transit about the 2018 planned Transit Network.”

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