Tonight I’m heading to the Spur Line public information drop-in. It’s Thursday Feb 26 2015 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. It’s at the Region of Waterloo Office – Front Lobby (150 Frederick Street, Kitchener).
(She tells me there’s going to be pie and punch).
The Spur line is a leisurely rail line (that at times carries hazardous materials through our neighbourhoods) that goes from the Kitchener Via / Go station connecting with Uptown Waterloo (it actually goes all the way to St Jacobs and Elmira but that’s a different project).
This pathway is already well established and has been used for decades, but it’s pretty stoney and not that comfortable unless its dry out.
I’m curious about a few things:
- How will safety be addressed, the track goes through some lonely parts of Kitchener. It’s kind of a hidden railway.
- How will it be linked with the existing train station and the future train station? The current train station is pretty difficult to get to by bike or foot, this could easily be addressed by opening up Ahrens street, at least for pedestrians.
- It would interesting to connect the trail through Arhens right to the Library, Regional City Hall, the KW Art Gallery and Centre in the Square.
- 3 meter wide track is too narrow, it would better to separate cycling from foot traffic.]
- Winter maintenance? Will the SLA between the cities be combined? Ie Iron Horse is better maintained in Kitchener than Waterloo’s portion.
- Lighting? What will be the frequency of light posts?