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Sustainable Transportation

Focus Area 3:  Sustainable Transportation:  Develop greater, more sustainable and safe transportation choices.

What did we hear?

sustainabletransportation-roundThe physical infrastructure, the ease of getting around the community and providing options for active transportation were cited as critically important to the community. Without proper maintenance and management for planned growth, there were concerns noted about increased congestion on the roads and the future of sustainable transportation.

Priorities identified include:

  • Improve traffic flow.
  • Improve intercity transportation.
  • Improve public transportation.
  • Enhance active forms of transportation such as walking, cycling and transit.
  • Optimize existing road capacity to safely travel throughout Waterloo Region.

What are we doing?

The transportation system will help balance cultural, economic, environmental and social issues to ensure Waterloo Region continues to be a great place to live and work. The transportation system will offer accessible and affordable choices for moving people and goods in a safe, integrated and seamless manner which will support a sustainable and thriving community for current and future generations.  The Region is implementing a Transportation Master Plan:  Moving Forward 2031, that defines how the transportation system will grow and change in the coming decades.

3.1 Implement a Light Rail Transit System in the Central Transit Corridor fully integrated with an expanded conventional transit system.  
3.1.1 Develop an implementation plan for Light Rail Transit including corridor and station area planning. greenindicator
3.1.2 Expand the bus network (Conventional Transit) and begin to integrate it with the future Light Rail Transit System. greenindicator
3.1.3 Develop and implement programs to improve access to and awareness of public transit (GRT and Mobility Plus). greenindicator
3.2 Develop, promote and integrate active forms of transportation (cycling and walking).  
3.2.1 Work with local municipalities and other stakeholders to develop an integrated and safe network of regional, local and off-road cycling and walking routes. greenindicator
3.2.2  Work with the community to develop and support a Transportation Management Association that would work with employers to encourage and support active and sustainable transportation. greenindicator
3.3  Optimize existing road capacity to safely manage traffic throughout Waterloo Region.  
3.3.1  Identify and address priority transportation bottlenecks to reduce road congestion and improve safety (e.g. roundabouts, queue jump lanes for transit, turn lanes at signalized intersections, etc.). greenindicator
3.3.2 Implement proven roadway safety strategies and education to enhance the safety of our roadways. greenindicator
3.4 Encourage improvements to inter-city transportation services to and from Waterloo Region.  
3.4.1  Implement the multimodal transportation hub at Victoria and King Streets. greenindicator
3.4.2 Actively participate in the Ministry of Transportation's long term strategic plan for South Central Ontario. greenindicator
3.4.3 Advocate for improved rail service to Kitchener and Cambridge. greenindicator
3.4.4 Support the growth of aviation-related activities at the Region of Waterloo International Airport and investigate the potential for further expansion of the airport. greenindicator


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)