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Waterloo Region Rapid Transit. Docs xxx May 2011. Presentation Outline. Why rapid transit Why LRT instead of BRT Which LRT option for Stages 1 & 2 What increase in bus service Next steps. Growth. Nearly 200,000 people and 80,000 jobs added by 2031 - like adding another Kitchener. Growth.

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presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Why rapid transit
  • Why LRT instead of BRT
  • Which LRT option for Stages 1 & 2
  • What increase in bus service
  • Next steps
growth
Growth
  • Nearly 200,000 people and 80,000 jobs added by 2031 - like adding another Kitchener
growth1
Growth
  • Want to intensify, not grow out – control urban sprawl
growth2
Growth
  • Like the decision to build the expressway in the 1960s, the Region faces tough decisions regarding rapid transit
costs of business as usual
Costs of Business-as-Usual

No rapid transit

  • Road expansion costs of $1.4 to $1.5 billion
  • More lanes, more congestion in mature areas
slide7

Westmount Road – 4 lanes

Westmount Road near Glasgow Street

slide8

Westmount Road – 6 lanes

Westmount Road near Glasgow Street

costs of business as usual1
Costs of Business-as-Usual

No rapid transit

  • Road expansion costs of $1.4 to $1.5 billion
  • More lanes, more congestion in mature areas
  • With rapid transit
  • Road expansion costs reduced by $400 to $500 million
  • Provincial & Federal funding up to $565 million
slide11

Less urban sprawl – maintenance of rural lifestyle

  • Protection of some of the best farmland in Canada
  • Less traffic
  • Protection of water source areas
  • Protection of sensitive environmental landscapes
slide13

Intensification in the core – maintenance of suburban lifestyle

  • Less congestion on local and arterial roads
  • Fewer disruptive road widenings through mature neighbourhoods
  • Better bus service to major destinations, integrated with rapid transit
  • Attractive destinations in the core for daytime, evening and weekend activities
slide15

Fast, convenient transit:

      • within walking distance
      • coming every 7.5 minutes
      • for work, school, shopping, entertainment
      • connecting to GO, VIA & major destinations
  • Less traffic congestion
  • Better health
  • Attractive, liveable, vibrant urban spaces
  • A prosperous region
slide16

Rapid transit

is preferred

over business-as-usual

rapid transit technology
Rapid Transit Technology
  • Aerobus
  • Automated Guideway Transit
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Commuter Rail
  • Diesel Multiple Units
  • Light Rail Transit
  • Magnetic Levitation
  • Monorail
  • Personal Rapid Transit System
  • Subway
rapid transit technology1
Rapid Transit Technology
  • Aerobus
  • Automated Guideway Transit
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Commuter Rail
  • Diesel Multiple Units
  • Light Rail Transit
  • Magnetic Levitation
  • Monorail
  • Personal Rapid Transit System
  • Subway
rapid transit technology2
Rapid Transit Technology

rapidway

rapidway

moving forward transit program
Moving Forward Transit Program
  • Rapid transit
  • GRT re-orientation & expansion
  • Integration with GO & VIA
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Smart card technology
  • Transit stations
  • Road improvements
  • Park ‘n’ ride facilities
evaluation of technology
Evaluation of Technology

social

social

environmental

environmental

cost

user

land use

cost

user

land use

comparing brt lrt capacity
Comparing BRT & LRT: CAPACITY

standard bus

articulated bus

two-car train

slide27

Comparing BRT & LRT: CAPACITY

Ottawa: BRT at capacity

comparing brt lrt capacity1
Comparing BRT & LRT: CAPACITY

BRT

LRT

Capacity beyond 2031

More room for passengers

More doors

Signal priority

  • Over capacity by 2031
  • Signal priority impractical
  • No room for more buses
converting to lrt
Converting to LRT

Very difficult to convert BRT to LRT

  • High investment
  • BRT at capacity
  • Service disruption
slide30

LRT Staging: Other Municipalities

Length of LRT Constructed (km)

lrt staging waterloo region
LRT Staging: Waterloo Region

Existing Passenger Activity in CTC

passenger boardings / weekday

6,400

29,200

north of

Fairview Park Mall

south of

Fairview Park Mall

slide32
aBRT

VIVA

ZÜM

slide33
aBRT

Bus by-pass shoulders (for BRT & aBRT)

implementation options l1 l2 l3 l4
Implementation Options L1, L2, L3 & L4

36 km of rapid transit

from Conestoga Mall

to the Ainslie St Terminal

Changes from LRT to aBRT at:

L1 – Ottawa St

L2 – Block Line Road

L3 – Fairview Park Mall

L4 – Sportsworld Dr

implementation options l5 l6 l7 l8
Implementation OptionsL5, L6, L7 & L8

34 km of rapid transit

from Northfield Dr

to the Ainslie St Terminal

Changes from LRT to aBRT at:

L5 – Ottawa St

L6 – Block Line Road

L7 – Fairview Park Mall

L8 – Sportsworld Dr

implementation options l9 b10
Implementation OptionsL9, B10

L9, B10: rapid transit

from St Jacobs Farmers’ Market

to the Ainslie St Terminal

L9 – all LRT (39 km)

B10 – all BRT (38 km)

february march public consultation
February-March Public Consultation

Which

rapid transit option

provides the best

value?

february march public consultation2
February-March Public Consultation

615 respondents support

LRT, BRT or business-as-usual

february march public consultation3
February-March Public Consultation

464 respondents support LRT

february march public consultation4
February-March Public Consultation

Of all 705 respondents:

  • 78% support rapid transit
  • 66% support LRT
peer review panel
Peer Review Panel

Expertise in:

  • Transportation
  • Transit
  • Urban planning
  • City-building
peer review panel1
Peer Review Panel
  • George Dark: Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.
  • Eric Miller: Director of Cities Centre, University of Toronto
  • John Hubbell: Associate VP, HDR iTrans
  • Ashley Curtis: Associate, Steer Davies Gleave
  • Alan Jones: Director, Steer Davies Gleave
peer review panel2
Peer Review Panel

LRT :

a critical step

towards meeting the Region’s

growth and revitalization objectives

peer review panel3
Peer Review Panel

aBRT

will provide excellent service

in a financially prudent manner

All transit systems

are built in

phases

peer review panel4
Peer Review Panel

L3

has the greatest potential to build

success

slide48

LRT

is preferred

over BRT

slide50

L3

is preferred

for Stage 1

stage 2 implementation
Stage 2 Implementation
  • Stage 2 Transit Project Assessment 2014
  • Acquire property
  • Transit-supportive development & strategies
  • Stage 2 Federal & Provincial funding
  • Cambridge multi-modal transit facility
an integrated transit network
An integrated transit network

L3 + 40% more bus service = 2% tax increase

L3 + 25% more bus service = 1.5% tax increase

L1 + 40% more bus service = 1.5% tax increase

an integrated transit network1
An integrated transit network

L3 + 40% more bus service = 2% tax increase

L3 + 25% more bus service = 1.5% tax increase

L1 + 40% more bus service = 1.5% tax increase

next steps
Next Steps

Apr-May: public consultation

June: Council approval

July-Sept: Environmental Project Report

Oct: beginTransit Project Assessment

april may public consultation
April-May Public Consultation
  • Apr 30: Kitchener Farmers Market
  • Apr 30: Cambridge Centre Mall
  • May 3: St. Jacobs
  • May 4: Kitchener
  • May 4: Waterloo
  • May 5: Waterloo
  • May 5: Cambridge
  • May 10: Kitchener
  • May 10: Cambridge
  • May 12: Wilmot
  • May 12: North Dumfries
  • May 14: Fairview Park Mall
  • May 14: Conestoga Mall
  • May 18: Wellesley
april may public consultation1
April-May Public Consultation
  • Public Input Meetings
    • In Regional Council Chambers
    • Starting at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2011
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2011