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ION Progress Update
October 23, 2017

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Grand River Hospital ION LRT Stop

ION LRV testing has begun!

Crews have started testing ION light rail vehicles (LRVs) on the light rail tracks between Conestoga Mall and the Erb/Caroline intersection in Waterloo; this is the ION test track.

Learn more on the testing information page at

Train Your Brain

Train Your Brain logo

The "Train Your Brain" campaign focuses on three key safety messages:

  • Overhead wires are live - look up, stay clear and stay safe.
  • Obey new signage - tracks are for LRVs. Do not stop or park on the LRT tracks.
  • Stay alert - safety begins with you.

With several changes around the light rail transit system, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are encouraged to download the ION light rail fact sheet.

Learn more at

Stage 2 Public Consultation Centres

Stage 2 ION Advertisement

Two upcoming Public Consultation Centres in Cambridge offer an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on refinement options to the preliminary preferred route:

 November 21st, 2 - 8 p.m.

Cambridge City Hall - Bowman Room, 50 Dickson Street

 November 28th, 4 - 8 p.m.

Preston Memorial Auditorium, 1458 Hamilton Street

Learn more at

ION signage

Look Both Ways sidewalk sign

New signage has been installed along the ION LRT route. While the rules of the road haven't changed, residents should familiarize themselves with these new signs and remain alert while driving, walking or cycling around the LRT route.

Learn more at

About ION

ION, the Region of Waterloo's rapid transit service, which was approved by Council in June 2011, is a visionary plan that will help shape our community for the future by brining LRT to the region in two stages.

Stage 1 includes a 19 kilometre LRT route from the Conestoga Mall transit terminal in Waterloo to the Fairview Park Mall transit terminal in Kitchener. Service is set to launch in 2018.

Stage 1 also features a 17 kilometre route of BRT from Ainslie Street transit terminal in Cambridge to the Fairview Park Mall transit terminal in Kitchener. ION BRT service began operating in September 2015.

Stage 2 ION will see the Region replace the BRT line with LRT, creating a seamless LRT route across the community's three urban centres.

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