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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
I dunno, they have road closed, not just lane closures for this week from Union to Victoria on King St, and Victoria from King to Charles. What's up with that?, more track rework??
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There's been nearly constant trackwork in Kitchener for the past month - those white Ryder rental trucks with a crew of a couple of folks at like 10 different locations per day. I'm not sure what they're up to.
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(08-12-2018, 08:56 PM)Canard Wrote: Hmm, in my head I never pictured the opening ceremonies to be held at Fairview... 

In a way Fairview (or Conestoga kind of makes sense). The diehards will walk or take the bus to the opening; even in winter. Everyone else who's only a little bit curious and interested in trying Ion out will drive, especially in winter, which requires lots of surface parking which Fairview has an abundance of.

It is still a rumour at this point so no point getting bothered by it.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(08-12-2018, 10:14 PM)Pheidippides Wrote:
(08-12-2018, 08:56 PM)Canard Wrote: Hmm, in my head I never pictured the opening ceremonies to be held at Fairview... 

In a way Fairview (or Conestoga kind of makes sense). The diehards will walk or take the bus to the opening; even in winter. Everyone else who's only a little bit curious and interested in trying Ion out will drive, especially in winter, which requires lots of surface parking which Fairview has an abundance of.

It is still a rumour at this point so no point getting bothered by it.

Downtown and uptown both have lots of parking, probably more than fairway or Conestoga malls.
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(08-12-2018, 10:41 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(08-12-2018, 10:14 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: In a way Fairview (or Conestoga kind of makes sense). The diehards will walk or take the bus to the opening; even in winter. Everyone else who's only a little bit curious and interested in trying Ion out will drive, especially in winter, which requires lots of surface parking which Fairview has an abundance of.

It is still a rumour at this point so no point getting bothered by it.

Downtown and uptown both have lots of parking, probably more than fairway or Conestoga malls.

That is true, the number of spots is probably similar, but the perception is that there is:
1) more parking at the malls
2) cheaper parking at the malls
3) less walking from parking involved at the malls

Probably only #2 is true, and only in some cases.

DTK: "We offer more than 3,400 off-street parking spaces in and around our city's core - and more than 300 free two-hour on-street parking spaces." or ~3,700 city owned + X private spots
FPM: "Parking Spaces 3,891"
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(08-12-2018, 09:19 PM)Canard Wrote: There's been nearly constant trackwork in Kitchener for the past month - those white Ryder rental trucks with a crew of a couple of folks at like 10 different locations per day.  I'm not sure what they're up to.

From what I saw when they were on Northfield with the rentals they were grinding the edges off the concrete near the rails.
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There will be little parking at the mall 10days before the holiday season. It’s typically a zoo. Maybe they were aim8ng for more exposure by having an audience already in place.
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Our sister system from down under has released another video showing an awful lot of close calls with pedestrians.

https://twitter.com/9newsgoldcoast/statu...80448?s=21
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(08-12-2018, 10:14 PM)Pheidippides Wrote:
(08-12-2018, 08:56 PM)Canard Wrote: Hmm, in my head I never pictured the opening ceremonies to be held at Fairview... 

In a way Fairview (or Conestoga kind of makes sense). The diehards will walk or take the bus to the opening; even in winter. Everyone else who's only a little bit curious and interested in trying Ion out will drive, especially in winter, which requires lots of surface parking which Fairview has an abundance of.

It is still a rumour at this point so no point getting bothered by it.

I agree with Canard, it would be great to have it at WTS or DTK, but yeah the reasoning seems to be the abundance of parking at Fairview... ironic.

On a side note, I wish that for the Waterloo Jazz Festival or Bluest Festival they had the trains running/testing just for visibility and promotion purposes. Oh well.
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Me too, when we were walking around down there I said to my other half "you realize the LRT circles this entire area right?" Pretty neat, it would have been great to have it running. Although we do have lots of festivals and events constantly, so no matter when the system opens, we'll pick up on those crowds.
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(08-12-2018, 04:00 PM)urbd Wrote: I heard from the grapevine that the official, internal date for ION service launch is December 15th at Fairview Park Mall.

I hope this is wrong and/or changed.  I won a trip on the inaugural ride, and I'll be in BC until the 16th.  Now I am HOPING for delays... LOL

(08-13-2018, 07:51 AM)neonjoe Wrote: There will be little parking at the mall 10days before the holiday season. It’s typically a zoo. Maybe they were aim8ng for more exposure by having an audience already in place.

10 days before the holiday.  The season is already in full swing by then, and parking (and getting to/from) on a Saturday will be hell.  Even as a diehard fan, I'd rethink attending by car.

Coke
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(08-13-2018, 12:17 PM)Coke6pk Wrote:
(08-12-2018, 04:00 PM)urbd Wrote: I heard from the grapevine that the official, internal date for ION service launch is December 15th at Fairview Park Mall.

I hope this is wrong and/or changed.  I won a trip on the inaugural ride, and I'll be in BC until the 16th.  Now I am HOPING for delays... LOL

(08-13-2018, 07:51 AM)neonjoe Wrote: There will be little parking at the mall 10days before the holiday season. It’s typically a zoo. Maybe they were aim8ng for more exposure by having an audience already in place.

10 days before the holiday.  The season is already in full swing by then, and parking (and getting to/from) on a Saturday will be hell.  Even as a diehard fan, I'd rethink attending by car.

Coke

I'd walk the 10 km to the mall, through unplowed sidewalks, rather than drive to the mall during the holiday season again.

Also, you won a seat on the inaugural ride?  How? When? Where? Yeah, I'm only slightly jealous...that's awesome!
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There was a Facebook photo contest. You were to take photos of your cardboard LRV in creative places and whoever got the most likes won. It was the top 3 people who were chosen.

...only slightly bitter I came in 4th, and therefore lost. Tongue
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Sorry Canard. I came 3rd. 1st and 2nd appeared to be husband/wife live(d) in Calgary. I wasn't happy about that either.

Coke
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Well, maybe they’ll be no-shows, and you can have the train all to yourself. Tongue

It’s all good - enjoy! You won fair and square, you deserve it.
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