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Breslau

Criteria

Many considerations factor into the assessment of new sites including:

Connectivity and Ridership Drivers

  • How many trips will start and end at this station?
  • Does the station connect to other transit lines and have the potential to improve service?
  • Does the station connect to key destinations?

Travel Time Savings

  • What are the time savings associated with the new station?

Market Potential

  • How well situated is the station in relationship to future market demand?

Development Potential

  • Can the station support future development and intensification?

Policy Alignment

  • Does the Station Area conform to Regional land use policy?

Construction Affordability

  • What is the cost to construct the station?

Ease of Construction

  • Can the required facilities be constructed in this location?

Breslau

This station has been evaluated as follows:

  • High: Travel time savings, construction affordability, ease of construction.
  • Medium: Policy alignment.
  • Low: Connectivity and ridership, market potential, development potential.     

What are your thoughts on this analysis? Have we missed anything?

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Tom Mc's avatar
Mar 18, 2016 - 11:31

The idea of a Breslau station is an amazing idea, within the Tri-cities (Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge) with a pop of ~500,000 people and Guelph with pop of ~114,000 people there is no major suburban station with adequate parking. We know that from a transportation standpoint, the GO Train network is fed by park and ride commuters, the suburban Breslau station would fill this need. It would provide a relatively inexpensive solution to add significant ridership to the current line allowing ridership to growth with the planned two way service and the future expansion of the line to all day service.

I would like to note that the proposed Breslau station is shown in the wrong location, the Approved EA for Georgetown to Kitchener Rail Expansion (2009) selected the Greenhouse Road location in Breslau. The proposed location is to be east of the village of Breslau at Greenhouse Road. The Greenhouse Road location was selected for a number reasons:
1) Greenhouse Road has direct access from Highway 7, whereas the station site on Fountain Street will be difficult to access due to grade differences and access restrictions on Woolwich Street. Additionally, access from Highway 7 is beneficial to attract ridership from Guelph, Cambridge and Waterloo Region;
2) A station at Greenhouse Road will be centrally located within an area to be developed as employment, mixed use, and residential;
3) The cost for improvements to Greenhouse Road will be upfronted by the development of the employment/residential/mixed use lands whereas the Fountain Street location will require extensive improvements to deal with grade differences and access;
4) The Greenhouse Road location can readily accommodate the park and ride demand for Waterloo Region, including a station area, platform, kiss and ride area, and parking. In the future, there is ample space to accommodate expansion of the parking area.

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