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Waterloo Region says ION Phase 2 project assessment approved by province

ION LRT vehicles get ready for their maiden voyages at Fairway Station. Kevin Nielsen / Global News

Waterloo Region says it is one step closer to connecting Cambridge to the ION LRT system after the province approved the project assessment.

The region says it can now begin to ask the federal and provincial governments for financial aid to move the project forward.

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“We’re thrilled to be able to proceed with delivering Stage 2 of ION light rail transit to residents in Waterloo Region,” Regional Chair Karen Redman stated.

“Stage 1 has been an incredible success getting people to where they need to go in a fast, reliable and affordable way. We’re committed to providing this much-needed service to community members in Cambridge.”

The region did not say if this will move up the timeline on the project which was said to still be a decade away from coming to full fruition.

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The first stage of the line, which runs from Conestoga Mall to Fairway Mall while passing through Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener, was completed in 2019.

The region says that stage has brought more than $3.5 billion in local economic development along the LRT line.

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