Spur Line Multi-Use Trail
The Region of Waterloo has started planning a new multi-use trail on the Spur line from King St. S in Waterloo, to Ahrens St. E in Kitchener:
The first public meeting was held last night at Regional Headquarters, with roughly 70-80 people in attendance. Attendees ranged from adjacent property owners and residents near the trail, to people simply interested in seeing more off-road trails and cycling links in our community. Another meeting will be announced later this year, to reveal initial proposals.
The Spur Line is owned by the Region, but operated by CN and used by GEXR. There is an informal dirt path along the spur that has been used for decades by local residents. Plans are being made with the assumption that rail use will continue into the foreseeable future, and the focus is to provide a safer and more accessible link from Uptown to Downtown next to the existing rail line.
The purpose of the first meeting was simply to get initial details out there, and then gather major items of interest and issues from the public.
I wrote up a more detailed commentary on my blog. Very rough estimates on the trail are that it will cost somewhere around $1.8 to 2 million, and if approved, could be in construction by 2012 or 2013. There are a lot of interesting factors affecting the trail, including the fate of the rail line itself, numerous encroachments on the spur by adjacent businesses (and possibly residences), and the tradeoff between safety and privacy of nearby residents.
The Region website has no details about this project that I can find, because with the website switchover, search results are still broken. Some information was provided by handout which I'll try and include here later.