Keolis Canada, as part of the GrandLinq consortium, was selected by Region of Waterloo to operate and maintain a new light rail system in Ontario that is scheduled for completion in 2017. The new rapid transit corridor is already shaping the region’s community for generations to come and Keolis is helping to implement the vision for the project for the Region.
Light Rail stops will feature ticket vending machines, bike racks, and real-time digital displays. Custom elements such as landscaping and art will link the stops to the surrounding neighborhoods. Stops are strategically located to be near key destinations, major employers, post-secondary schools and neighborhoods. A joint fare system with fixed-route operations ensures passengers can easily transfer between the bus and rail services at no additional cost.
The project’s vehicles are the first of their kind in North America as well. The barrier-free, fully accessible vehicles are 100% low-floor, making it easier for passengers to enter the vehicle, especially those with strollers and accessibility needs. The vehicles will also carry up to 200 passengers comfortably, with 57 seats, plenty of standing room and designated bike and wheelchair areas.
This will be Keolis’ first rail operation in Canada and we look forward to our continued partnership with the Region of Waterloo.