Transit in Guelph is always a struggle. Every budget year, public transit somehow makes into the first round of cuts proposed; sometimes public pressure gets them taken off the table, and sometimes the fare goes up and holiday service is cut down to an hour. Still, looking at the transit situation throughout our general area it’s not all bad news. So this week, the Guelph Politicast will look to Waterloo Region, where not only is bus service expanding, but they’re building a train down the main street.
One of the strongest proponents of the new ION LRT in Kitchener-Waterloo, is TriTAG, which stands for the Tri-Cities Transport Action Group. TriTAG is a strong advocate in Waterloo Region for improving all aspects of alternative transportation, from busing to biking to walking, and, eventually, taking light rail transit. With the LRT construction on track (so to speak), many are looking to Waterloo Region as a leader in developing alternative transportation, and is widely considered to be an area where transit is being done right. So how did they do it? How are they doing it?
I talked to Michael Druker, who is a member of TriTAG’s executive, and asked about Waterloo Region’s successes, the challenges that Grand River Transit still has to overcome, the different set of challenges being faced by K-W bike riders, what Guelph might learn from Waterloo Region’s example on transit, and why it’s just not enough to travel on transit but we also have to travel with dignity.
Here is this week’s transit-centric edition of the Guelph Politicast.
To learn more about TriTAG, visit their website by clicking here.
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