The King/Victoria Transit Hub
Transit Hub Environmental Assessment
The Region of Waterloo is undertaking a Schedule "B" Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) of the new King/Victoria Transit Hub being planned in downtown Kitchener at the northeast corner of the King Street and Victoria Street intersection.
A public meeting was hosted Nov. 20, 2012 at the Region of Waterloo Administration Headquarters, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener to review what's happening at the King/Victoria Transit Hub.
For more information, please visit the Transit Hub Environmental Assessment page.
On Sept. 27, 2012, we hosted an open house, in partnership with the City of Kitchener, at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, 10 Victoria Street South, Kitchener.
Please read the official invitation for more details about the open house.
While there are many different projects underway at the Hub, we requested your input on two key initiatives:
- The Region's formal application to the City of Kitchener to make changes to the City's Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the King/Victoria Transit Hub site; and
- The Preliminary Site Design Considerations and Proposed Station Area Access Plan for the Hub
The reports submitted to the City of Kitchener to support the application are available below for your review:
The display boards and presentation featured at the open house are available for your review. Thank you to all those who submitted their comments on these initiatives. Please feel free to read the information handout and comment form.
In the meantime, work continues at the Hub site to complete the studies necessary to redevelop the site. The demolition work on one of the commercial buildings on site is almost finished, and the Region's environmental consultants are drilling and collecting samples in order to complete the environmental assessment of the site.
In 2007, Regional Council authorized the purchase of lands at the corner of King Street West and Victoria Street North in Kitchener to be used for the development of a new transit hub to bring together the various forms of transportation in the region in one centralized location.
The new transit hub is being planned to include:
- Train platforms to serve inter-city GO train and VIA Rail services;
- Bus bays to support Grand River Transit (GRT) and intercity bus services such as GO bus and other private sector carriers;
- Underground and street level connections to and from the Region's rapid transit system;
- Facilities to integrate other forms of transportation such as taxis, car share, cycling and pedestrians; and
- New development, such as commercial and office space, that would be served by a large multi-level underground commercial parking structure.
The site is now temporarily being used for parking for the new GO Rail service, which began in Waterloo Region on Dec. 19, 2011 and will operate out of the VIA rail station at Weber and Victoria Streets until the completion of the transit hub.
Beginning Sept. 4, 2012 you must use to the Pay and Display machines to park at 50* and 60 Victoria St. N. If you are using GO Transit, please use the machines to get your FREE parking receipt before 7:10 a.m. (instructions are on the machines). After 7:10 a.m. there is a $2 per hour parking fee to use these lots ($12 daily maximum). PLEASE NOTE: The Pay and Display machines online accept cash and do not provide change.
*50 Victoria St. N. is temporarily closed for building demolition and is expected to reopn in early October.
For details on the temporary parking lot and GRT shuttle service, visit the GRT page on connecting to GO.
Official Planning for the Hub
Early in 2012, the Region began the official planning process, including an environmental and heritage assessment, to prepare the site for development. This process will be lead by a Project Team with representatives from the Region, the City of Kitchener, GO Transit, VIA Rail and CN Rail.
The public will be invited to provide their input and feedback throughout the planning process. All public consultation opportunities will be listed on this page, and advertised widely to the public.
Reports to the Region's Planning and Works Committee
- Planning process report - Dec. 6, 2011
- Project phasing report - Feb. 28, 2012
- Market scoping report - June 19, 2012
- Progress report - Aug. 14, 2012
- Open house report - Sept. 11, 2012
- Planning update report - Jan. 29, 2013