Category Archives: Transit

Planning bonuses benefit developers, not taxpayers

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a bungled, much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers … Continue reading

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Neighbours learn about development of Schneider’s site

To date it’s a no-name, urban hamlet planned in central Kitchener that could take at least 10 years to develop. About 100 residents who live near Kitchener’s 27.6-acre Schneider’s-Maple Leaf site showed up last night to ask questions about the … Continue reading

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In development boom, try to attend public meetings

Residents who live near Light Rail Transit should prepare for spinoff impacts of a $1.2-billion development boom expected before 2021. And while I see that boom as healthy intensification, I’m concerned about preservation of eight established neighbourhoods in Ward 9. … Continue reading

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Take part in PARTS plan for community and Schneider’s site

Consider this as a homeowner heads up for those living in established neighbourhoods near Light Rail Transit stations at Mill-Ottawa and Borden near the former Schneider’s site. Ward 9 residents who live a few minutes walk from the stations and … Continue reading

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Wondering what PARTS puddings will taste like

The proof will be in the planning puddings. That’s obvious as each glossy PARTS (Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations) is presented to Kitchener council while we wait and wait for the LRT to come chugging slowly down the line. The … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Iron Horse Trail users won’t use complex regional link to transit hub

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 … Continue reading

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Lost, Raving and traumatized by road works

“Can’t get there from here.” That’s the message I expect to see on regional road signs soon as the LRT construction project digs its way under and through Ward 9. Take a recent example of demented driving where I was … Continue reading

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In 2015, LRT stands for ‘Lots of Raucous Times’

Prepare for noise, dust and traffic disruption throughout Ward 9 neighbourhoods in the rest of 2015 as the massive LRT project moves down the track. Kitchener councillors recently approved a noise exemption that will extend from March 1  until December 31 to allow … Continue reading

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Dovetailing the LRT with Ward 9 neighbourhoods

Managing the impact LRT will have on our inner-city Even though it is a regional, not a Kitchener council issue, I am frequently asked about Light Rail Transit as I canvas Ward 9 communities before the Oct. 27 election. When asked, I … Continue reading

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