Region says get lost on direct Iron Horse Trail link

Regional councillors continued to stumble toward finding a route for a $2-million proposed link between the Iron Horse Trail and the transit hub on King Street West near Victoria Street at a planning committee meeting yesterday.
Committee members including Kitchener’s regional councillors followed the direction of regional staff and supported a bewildering route through the Cherry Park community that exits the popular trail near Gage Street.
The route will go through Raddatz Park, along Waverly Road to Strange Street, through Cherry Park, down a Park Street sidewalk to Kitchener’s Bramm Street parking lot and continue adjacent to a rail line until it reaches the transit hub.
The mangled route was supported  instead of a direct link adjacent to the CN rail track earlier favoured by Kitchener staff and Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic.
The Iron Horse trail is used by about 1,730 cyclists and pedestrians every day and the indirect route is recommended for two ill-conceived reasons.
* To qualify for a $1.3-million infrastructure grant offered by the higher levels of  government. Construction deadline for that grant is March 2018 but it is likely to be extended to March 2019.
* Nightmare bureaucratic difficulties any time local government tries to work with CN and the Goderich-Exeter Railway that usually takes  years to negotiate
And while I understand the reasoning, it doesn’t change the fact that if regional councillors want to do the project right and have people actually use the link, the best action would be to use the federal and provincial grant toward a down payment for the direct route .
A final regional council decision is expected later this month and I would suggest trail users attend the meeting or contact their regional councillors to make known their opinions.

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