Two years after Regional Council gave tentative approval to a particular light rail route, the Region is holding a series of workshops to allow the public to weigh in on alternatives.  

The Region’s rapid transit director, Nancy Button, tells 570 News, at least three route options will be considered today at the sessions at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo.  

Button says she thinks, “staff will make sure that we look at all the issues that are raised and make sure that we’ve considered everything in making the decision on what we recommend to council.  Ultimately, the decision is Regional Council’s.”  

Two years ago, Council tentatively approved a light rail route that called for rail lines on King Street in Uptown Waterloo, while avoiding crossing through Waterloo Towne Square.  Button says however, that the use of the spur line through the Square is one option that has been suggested.  
Button says in late November, there will be a series of public consultations on the rapid transit project as a whole, which includes rapid buses connecting Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener and the Ainslie Street terminal in Cambridge.  The project includes a light rail line connecting Fairview Park to Conestoga Mall in Waterloo.