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Week in review: August 26, 2017

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Consultations, feedback, and events

Transit

Former Cambridge mayor and regional councillor Jane Brewer passed away Tuesday. Brewer was a strong supporter of light rail in the Region, and will be missed.

News that delivery of the second ION vehicle has again been delayed, this time until October, slipped quietly this week. On top of this, while it had appeared that Bombardier had been meeting (revised) targets for its TTC streetcar order, it turns out the vehicles were being delivered incomplete and were being finished in Toronto.

The Regional Planning and Works Committee approved the 2017-2022 GRT business plan. As we noted last week, the plan is intended to be completed in five years, but an additional recommendation was made in the report to stretch that out to seven, delaying frequency improvements and new routes for Cambridge. On a positive note, councillors seemed receptive to our concerns about bus wrap ads.

Trails and cycling

On Tuesday, we shared our concerns with the Planning and Works committee regarding the proposed route of the Iron Horse Trail to transit hub connection. It’s a tough decision – timelines for federal funding are very tight, so options are limited, but we wanted to see the best value for our scarce active transportation dollars. Councillors agreed, and have directed staff to take a second look.

Meanwhile, work has begun on a new multi-use path on Conestoga Boulevard in Cambridge, and Waterloo shares its detour route through Waterloo Park as it plans to rebuild the trail starting in September:

Vision Zero

  • Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes, studies find [The Record]
  • That pedestrian signals can kill seniors [Price Tags]

Development

  • Kitchener Design for Tall Buildings draft update
  • Dense development: is building along busy corridors unhealthy? [CBC]

Road Ahead

  • What Dallas, Houston, Louisville, & Rochester can teach us about widening freeways – don’t! [City Observatory]
  • Driving fee rolls back asthma attacks in Stockholm [Inside Science]
  • What will self-driving cars do to our cities? [TVO]

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