The Waterloo LRT project is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever constructed in the region – at an approximate cost of $818 million. The project, when combined with an adapted rapid bus transit service, will provide the region with a transit network that spans 36 km. The LRT portion of the service will connect Waterloo to Kitchener and run 19km – from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener.
LEA is responsible for the ITS and Communications aspects of the Stage 1 Light Rail Project, ensuring that the systems provided comprise a fully functional ITS solution; individual systems include:
- CAD/AVL System
- APC System
- Real-time Traveler Information System
- Security System of Emergency Call Stations and CCTV Cameras
- Traffic Signal Control System
- Transit Signal Priority
- Fare Collection System
- Communications Network
LEA developed an initial ITS Strategy and Concept Design to provide a preliminary concept to serve as a reference during development. LEA then later developed the RFP functional requirements for the ITS – including ITS Strategy and Concept Design for the 19 stops and 14 trains that will be deployed.
Stage 1 is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2018.