Do you know that there are 32,000 daily trips each way between Waterloo Region and Guelph?
Consider Joe, living in the south end of Guelph and commutes to work for a tech giant in Waterloo. He drives on 401 every day.
Consider Jill, living in the west end of the City, likes the lifestyle in Guelph and commutes to work for a global financial company in Toronto. She drives on 401 every day.
Are there any future plans to help commuters like Joe and Jill?
Yes. The City of Guelph along with Kitchener, Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo and partners in the region’s technology and financial services sectors created a compelling business case on an all-day two-way GO Train between Kitchener and Toronto. The train stops right here in Guelph.
What does this mean for Joe and Jill? It means public transit is a viable choice, they can travel any time of the day, enjoy a shorter travel time, have no gridlock and road accidents to manage. If Joe and Jill choose to use public transit, it also increases their opportunities for walking thereby contributing to better quality of life. Less cars on 401 benefits the environment too by reducing gas emissions and air pollution.
Plans for an all-day GO Train service furthers Guelph’s Official Plan and provincial commitment to the Places to Grow Act, 2005.
“Guelph has an opportunity to act as part of a significant regional economic cluster. We need infrastructure to be in place to address the growth and development needs of our community now and in the future”, says Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph.
Kealy Dedman, the City’s General Manager, Engineering Services agrees, “Investing in infrastructure in Guelph will have a lasting impression on our community. There are significant economic and city building opportunities which include potential growth in transit station areas, new jobs and improved quality of life.”
The Toronto to Waterloo region corridor is recognized as Canada’s Innovation Supercluster and Guelph is right at the centre.
“I’m proud to be part of a government that is expanding GO Train service between Kitchener and the GTHA. This will greatly enhance economic activity in our region, reduce commute times for families, and create new jobs.” – John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener. Source: Ontario.ca newsroom.