Kitchener — ION
Over the next 20 years, 200,000 new residents are expected to move to the Waterloo region. ION is a visionary plan that will shape the community for the future by bringing Light Rail Transit (LRT) to the region in two stages. ION will provide a frequent, reliable and convenient way to travel. It will reduce traffic congestion, avoid costly road expansions, limit sprawl and attract new employers. It will also protect environmentally sensitive areas of the region and safeguard surrounding farmland.
Stage 1 is a 36-kilometre corridor that includes 19 kilometres of LRT and 17 kilometres of adapted Bus Rapid Transit. Stage 2 will see BRT converted to LRT, creating a 37 kilometre route of LRT across the three urban centres. With 16 stops, ION will make it easy for residents to travel between neighbourhoods, schools, employment areas, events and shopping districts. Up to 16,900 new jobs are expected to be generated in the vicinity of ION stops.