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Region endorses LRT route through Cambridge, committee votes today

The preferred route has taken many different forms but regional staff believe this route is the best option
LRT Cambridge

The Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee will vote today whether or not to move ahead with a preferred route for the LRT extension through Cambridge. 

Regional Staff have endorsed the route. 

The preferred route has taken many different shapes while working with residents through four rounds of public consultations to find a workable solution. 

The latest round of consultations saw nearly 400 people attend meetings and over 220 individual responses. 

Many residents in Preston were against the first proposed route that would have caused significant property impacts, particularly along Eagle Street. 

A group of concerned resident's even submitted their own plan for a less intrusive route through Cambridge.

The Region expects the new route will result in 60 fewer properties impacted, 70 fewer full property buyout and 33 fewer Built Heritage and Cultural Landscape Resources affected. 

This route will also be 3 minutes faster. 

Cambridge City Council have given their general support for the route except some concerns over the Shantz Hill, Eagle Street and King Street area.

If the motion passes the next steps would include completing the preliminary design and the identification of property requirements, finalizing station locations and names and prepare the business case for the project. 

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