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Testing begins on LRT vehicles, drivers told to stay off the tracks

Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm EDT

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We’re one step closer to having our LRT system up and running – as the Region of Waterloo says vehicle testing along the entire ION route is now underway.

Starting Thursday, the ION light rail vehicles will be towed along the LRT tracks at Northfield and King in Waterloo. Testing is expected to advance to all areas within the next few days, if weather cooperates.

While the testing is happening, motorists are being reminded to stay off the tracks – A.K.A don’t stop or park your car on them, or you will be ticketed and towed.

The Region adds that the testing may interfere with some signal changes, and unusual sequencing at intersections. As a result, police officers may be called out to some areas to assist with flagging and keep traffic flowing.

Don’t expect to see the LRT vehicles zooming by – as the first stage of testing is a slow one. It’ll be a different story later this winter and into the spring though – as the speed will increase, until they’re ultimately tested at their full operational capacity.

The Region of Waterloo is calling the testing “a significant milestone, and moves us closer to the commencement of light rail service”. You can learn more by clicking here.