The Love Train

Celebrating the LRT decision

Celebrating Waterloo Region's LRT decision. Photo from therecord.com

Last night, Waterloo Regional Council voted 10-1 in favour of light rail transit (9-2 in favour of staged implementation) as the preferred technology to be implemented for rapid transit in this municipality. Kandace and I were both present to witness this historic vote. What does this have to do with our wedding? 

Kandace and I are starting our lives together in this region, so it’s future is our future. Jerimiah 29 says,

5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

The issue of light rail transit has gotten us interested and engaged in the affairs of our city and our Regional Municipality. We understand the importance of a robust and sustainable transit system and have participated in the process through writing letters to the paper, attending rallies, and presenting a delegation to council.

We’re excited not only by council voting 10-1 in favour of LRT as the preferred technology, but also by much of what was said yesterday evening. Nine of the eleven councillors eligible to vote spoke eloquently about not only their own future, but the future of their grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It was clear that many were not only making this decision because of popular pressure but because of the eight years of study that supported it. Further, to hear about bringing the community together to build something for the common good was inspiring. We are confident that the governance of our Region is in good hands.

What does this mean for us? In just a few years, the prospect of living along the transit spine and not requiring a car very often is even more enticing. The business that will be attracted here by the system will mean more opportunities for employment. In other words, as we continue to seek the peace and prosperity of the city, we and our neighbours will reap the benefits here as well.

And of course, we’ve included this for your listening pleasure:

About Mike

Engineering grad student on a bike. Also, the groom.
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