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their format and timing, as well as other
statements of interest...

Beth and Eric
of the Civics Research Group


Way to go!? Implications and Potential for Waterloo Region’s Central Transit Corridor

Wesley Andreas

Wesley is an undergraduate geography student at the University of Waterloo, specializing in urban, economic, and community development. He is currently completing a senior honours thesis on the Central Transit Corridor. He recently had a co-op position with the Region of Waterloo's Planning Department in which he worked on the Light Rail Transit funding proposal to the Federal Government and on the Region's Growth Management Strategy: "Smart Growth." Wesley also has work experience with Environment Canada and the Department of National Defence. He is a primary research assistant on the Central Transit Corridor Supportive Land Use Study (a Waterloo CURA project).

The recent proposal by the Region of Waterloo to begin developing higher order transit servies (such as Light Rail Transit [LRT]) in a linear corridor running from Elmira to Galt, has been accompanied by serveral studies and research projects. The socioeconomic, demographic and land use factors that have been found to be characteristic of transit riders elsewhere in North America are being examined. These factors are being applied to the population of Waterloo Region, to determine the geographic pattern of potential high transit use in the future. The factors are also being examined as to how they differ from the attributes that currently define transit riders in the local area.

We encourage participants to share their ideas, air their views, or to rant constructively about Transit Potential in the Waterloo Region.

These dialogues offer students and citizens an opportunity to discuss research that is of common interest. Students - particularly graduate students - will introduce their research in an informal, roundtable, discussion-oriented setting. The intent is to consider the social significance of the research, with particular emphasis on its relevance to civic organizations and citizens.

Dialogues are free and open all who are interested, including local residents, members of government and other organizations, students and academic colleagues.
Come and join us...

We appreciate knowing if you plan to attend (thegroup@civics.ca or 579-7363), but this is not required.


Student research series #1 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm