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3.4.3

Advocate for improved rail service to Kitchener and Cambridge. 

greenstatus Final update (September 2014)
Regional advocacy for improved rail service is ongoing, and involves a variety of separate services including GO Buses, GO/VIA Trains to Kitchener, GO Trains to Cambridge, transit hubs, and high speed rail.

GO Trains/VIA Trains: Kitchener Service
GO Train service began on December 19, 2011 with two morning trains to Toronto Union Station and two evening trains returning to Kitchener. A co-fare has been implemented with GO Transit so riders can get a reduced fare on GRT buses. An average of 120 passengers board the 2 morning trains daily. Over twenty percent of GO Train riders use GRT routes to get to the station. A new parking area in front of the VIA station has been established.

The Provincial government has recently announced expanding the daily GO Train service to four trains in each direction and potential track work to improve travel times to Toronto by 2016. Full-day, two-way service has recently been announced as a option in the future by the Provincial government.  In October 2012, VIA eliminated a morning train to Toronto as well as a later evening trip from Toronto and Regional staff continue to advocate having that service restored and enhanced.

GO Trains: Cambridge Service
The 2009 Cambridge to GTA Rail Passenger Feasibility Study identified the CP line to Union Station via Milton as the most promising routing option for future GO Train service to Cambridge. That study has been updated in partnership with the City of Cambridge and implementation alternatives have been examined, including conventional GO Train service and Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). Regional and Cambridge City staff will implement an action plan involving further discussions with Metrolinx, CP Rail, municipalities along the Milton Line, and MPs/MPPs to encourage Metrolinx to initiate a study examining GO Train service to Cambridge as soon as possible.

Transit Hubs
In Kitchener, the completion of the Victoria Hub will further integrate GRT, GO Transit, VIA and other inter-regional modes of transportation. In Cambridge, the existing train station located on Malcolm Street near Water Street is a possible central Cambridge GO Rail station. This site and others will be considered for a multi-modal transportation hub as part of the Phase 2 LRT Transit Project Assessment for the Fairview Mall to Ainslie Street section, to be initiated as soon as possible.

Progress Update (September 2013)

This initiative is ongoing.

GO Bus service was introduced to Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo on October 31, 2009. Service has been significantly expanded to accommodate heavy passenger loads (i.e. 1,600 passengers per day on Thursdays and Fridays). A new GO Transit and Grand River Transit (GRT) station was implemented with a Ministry of Transportation car-pool lot at Sportsworld in January 2013. GO Rail service began on December 19, 2011. A co-fare has been implemented with GO Transit such that GO Train riders can get a reduced fare on GRT buses. An average of 120 passengers board the 2 morning trains daily. Over twenty percent of GO Train riders use GRT routes to get to the VIA station. A new parking area in front of the VIA station will provide a convenient stopping area for the shuttle service that connects the Charles Street Terminal to the train station.

In October 2012, VIA eliminated a morning trip to Toronto and a later evening trip from Toronto. The completion of the Victoria Hub will further integrate GRT, GO Transit, VIA and other inter-regional modes of transportation. The 2009 Cambridge to GTA Rail Passenger Feasibility Study identified the existing train station located on Malcolm Street near Water Street as a possible central Cambridge GO Transit rail station. This site and others will be considered for a multi-modal transportation hub as part of the Phase 2 LRT Transit Project Assessment for the Fairview Mall to Ainslie Street section scheduled for 2014. The 2009 Study will be updated in 2013/14 and will also evaluate potential options for early implementation of GO Rail service to Cambridge. Transport Canada, MTO and the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec released a report in 2012 on the Updated Feasibility Study for a High Speed Rail (HSR) Service in the Quebec City to Windsor corridor. The Region of Waterloo was not identified as a stop. Regional staff commented that the Region should have a stop along such an important corridor and continue to represent Regional interests in this study.

Staff will continue to work with GO Transit and VIA Rail to pursue opportunities to increase interregional bus and rail passenger service to Waterloo Region.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Region continues to advocate for improved rail service to Kitchener and Cambridge.  Progress was made on December 19, 2011 as GO Rail service was initiated in Kitchener.

On November 21, 2012, Regional Council approved a $1.39 million contribution to GO Transit, payable in five equal installments from 2013 to 2017, as the Region's share of GO Transit capital investments in relation to service extension to Waterloo Region. This contribution is in response to a request by the Province of Ontario of the benefiting municipalities towards the capital cost of the recently implemented GO train service to Waterloo Region. The total capital cost for this project was approximately $18 million and the Region of Waterloo contribution is $1.39 million.

The completion of the King/Victoria Transit Hub will further integrate GRT, GO Transit, VIA and other inter-regional modes of transportation. However, VIA Rail recently announced reductions in service to Kitchener and details are forthcoming.  

Staff will continue to work with GO Transit and VIA Rail to pursue opportunities to increase inter-regional bus and rail passenger service to Waterloo Region.

Progress Indicators

  • Integrated GRT service with GO. Increased rail service to Waterloo Region. Identification of multi modal transportation hub in Cambridge.

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)