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Brian Smith inside City of Waterloo October 20, 2017, 10:07 AM

Please choose one of the following visions of wellbeing for Waterloo Region.
Supported. Connected. Included. We all thrive.


Please provide any comments you have about your vision choice.
We need to all work together to support each other in order to thrive. This will promote connectivity, inclusion and ensure that all elements of the Region's population are cared for.

Brian Smith inside City of Waterloo October 20, 2017, 10:04 AM

Scenario: The Region has plans to make a Regional road more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. The road currently has four lanes for general traffic, no bike lanes, and limited sidewalks. There are houses close to the road. What should the Region do?
Buy all the houses on one side of the road to keep the four lanes for traffic, add bike lanes and improve sidewalks


Scenario: The Region is trying to improve a Regional road like Fischer-Hallman Road, Homer Watson Boulevard or Franklin Boulevard. What should be the focus of this project?
Making changes to promote public transit, Easing the flow of traffic for private vehicles, Encouraging walking and biking


Is there something else that should be a priority for the Region in the above example?
Ensuring changes made promote public safety


Scenario: The Region is trying to improve a downtown Regional road like King Street in Waterloo, Frederick Street / Benton Street in Kitchener, or Ainslie Street in Cambridge. What should be the focus of this project?
Making changes to promote public transit, Easing the flow of traffic for vehicles, Encouraging walking and biking


Is there something else that should be a priority for the Region in the above example?
Ensuring public safety and ensuring minimal intrusion and impact on local businesses during the changes.


Heavy trucks are currently allowed on all Regional roads. Moving goods by truck supports the economy but may also affect other users of the road. Should the Region restrict truck use on any Regional roads?
Only on roads that are primarily residential


Use the 12 dots provided to let us know what we should prioritize in developing our Regional transportation system (Regional roads, Grand River Transit, cycling and walking):
Making the Region more attractive to investors and strengthening the economy (5), Reducing the negative impacts of the transportation system on people’s lives (e.g. reducing noise, the purchase of private property, improving public health) (1), Reducing the impacts of transportation on air quality, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (6)


Is there anything you would like staff to know as they plan for the future of our transportation system in the Region?
Need to account for the growth in the homeless and senior communities in the Region predicted over the next thirty years and make provisions to allow for their safe transportation and access to families, businesses and services.

Brian Smith inside City of Waterloo October 20, 2017, 9:58 AM

Which of the above descriptions best fits your vision for the future of Waterloo Region?
Big Transformations


Considering your vision, what greenhouse gas reduction target would you like Waterloo Region to achieve by 2050? We should reduce emissions by:
71-80% (Show Leadership)


Dream with us! What actions should Waterloo Region take to achieve your vision for the future?
Extend LRT to Cambridge and the townships and work with municipal, provincial and federal governments and businesses to reduce dependence upon gas powered automobiles as a primary means of transportation.


Why do you believe it's important for Waterloo Region to take action on climate change?
Our children deserve the opportunity to grow and thrive.


Where do you live?
City of Waterloo


Where do you work?
I don't work in Waterloo Region.

Brian Smith inside City of Waterloo October 20, 2017, 9:51 AM

a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Disagree


b) How much more on your property tax bill are you willing to pay for rural library services such as more circulation materials and increased programming: (select one)
Not applicable – I don’t live in North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley, or Woolwich


c) Have you used the Region’s rural Library branch: (select one)
Never


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Disagree


b) How much more on your property tax bill are you willing to pay for better and more interactive exhibits at museums and/or increased hours of service at heritage sites: (select one)
Not willing to pay more


c) How much more in admission fees, as a visitor to a museum or cultural site, are you willing to pay for better and more interactive exhibits at museums and/or increased hours of service at heritage sites: (select one)
$2 more on the admission fee


d) Have you visited one of the Region’s museums or cultural sites: (select one)
6 to 12 months ago


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Strongly agree


b) How much more on your property tax bill are you willing to pay for improved road and bridge surfaces and more Regional roadways: (select one)
$10/year more on my property tax bill


c) Do you drive in Waterloo Region? (select one)
Yes


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Disagree


b) How much more on your property tax bill would you be willing to pay for more frequent transit service on lower passenger volume routes and increasing the number of transit routes: (select one)
Not willing to pay more


c) How much more as a passenger are you willing to pay for more frequent transit service on lower passenger volume routes and increasing the number of transit routes: (select all that apply)
Not willing to pay more for a monthly pass, Not willing to pay more for a single trip


d) How often do you use public transit? (select one)
never


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Strongly disagree


b) How much more on your property tax bill would you be willing to pay for a greater number of subsidized child care spaces for lower income families in our community? (select one)
Not willing to pay more


How much more in parent fees would you be willing to pay to keep/obtain a licensed child care space in a Regionally-operated child care centre?
Not applicable, I don’t have a child in child care


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Strongly agree


b) Significant funding is needed to get aging community housing units to a state of good repair. Units could be renovated and made more energy efficient if more money were invested sooner. How much more would you be willing to pay more to improve the condition of community housing?
$20/year more on my property tax bill


c) Have you or someone in your family ever used any of the Region’s affordable housing programs? (select one)
Never


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Strongly agree


b) How much more would you be willing to pay for more seniors’ programs in our community? (select one)
$4/year more on my property tax bill


c) Have you or someone in your family become a resident in a seniors’ home: (select one)
1 to 3 years ago


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Strongly agree


b) How much more would you be willing to pay to enhance public health programs within our community? (select one)
$4/year more on my property tax bill


a) The cost of this service is good value for money. Please rate the extent to which you agree with this statement.
Strongly agree


b) Paramedic Services’ goal is to provide excellence in patient care by ensuring quality of care and levelling resources to meet peak demand in a reasonable time. This requires increases in property taxes for the next 10 years. How much more would you be willing to pay to achieve better services?
$6/year more on my property tax bill


c) Have you or someone in your family used an ambulance: (select one)
6 to 12 months ago


Q10: The Region of Waterloo must balance the cost of delivering services with the amount that people are taxed. Would you prefer the Region: (select one)
Increase taxes enough to expand or improve services


Q11: Is there anything else you want Regional Council to consider as they make their decision on the Region’s 2018 budget?
The growing crisis in homelessness in the Region must be addressed. There is a severe shortage of affordable housing for those facing economic difficulties that may drive them to a life on the streets of Waterloo, Kitchener Cambridge and surrounding areas. Providing support for this growing population should be a priority for the Region, providing leadership direction to the City administrations to develop, fund and implement a plan to address this.

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener October 20, 2017, 9:48 AM

1. What do you like about the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
The proposed transit network will help people to get their destination more easily and quickly. I have used public transport for almost 2 years when I came to Canada.in the years I have seen new routes and more options for public transport which is good.In case someone miss their first bus they can get another one before I had to wait for almost 1 hour to get another bus.


2. What challenges do you see with the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
As new routes are available that means more buses, in the morning everybody is in a rush to go to their work.There will be more traffic.


3. What new issues or information do we need to consider about the 2018 Transit Network?
In winter there will be more challenges for the new routes as we know LRT is coming soon so the road sharing will be difficult because their will be more traffic.The roads need to be widen.


How would you use Option 1 and/or Option 2 for Route 73?
I will use option 1 because less waiting time in case I miss my bus.


What issues or challenges do you see with the proposed route? Please be specific about which option you are referring to.
option 1,2 both have long waiting time.


Please provide any comments you may have about our New Directions plan and six priority areas.
it looks good to me.everybody wants fast easy convenient service.


7. How often do you currently use GRT?
Rarely (A few times a year)


8. How do you typically pay for GRT trips?
Reduced ticket

Skylar O'Connor inside City of Kitchener October 20, 2017, 8:40 AM

1. What do you like about the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
What I like about the proposed 2018 Transit Network is the new 19B Route. I personally rely on the bus and it takes me approximately 1h and 30 mins to bus one way to work, while it is only a 15-20 min drive. Giving more option or more frequent buses up Kumpf drive would limit walking distance (greatly appreciated in winter) for the many people who work along this road.


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7. How often do you currently use GRT?
Daily


8. How do you typically pay for GRT trips?
Adult pass

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener October 20, 2017, 8:27 AM

1. What do you like about the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
It looks like it's going to be reasonably tight as far as keeping things running goes. I like that it seems to be fairly solid on a whole with good connections and a wide coverage. 19B is going to be fantastic for me as I currently work in the Kumph Industrial Park and options for transit in the area are limited right now.


2. What challenges do you see with the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
I'm concerned that the 19B may not run often enough. While the proposed changes seem to indicate that the 19 will run every 30 minutes, I am concerned that it will not apply to both the A and B and thus will make it difficult to get to and from work for convenient timelines. It is my hope that both the A and B, but especially the B, will run at 30 minute intervals.


3. What new issues or information do we need to consider about the 2018 Transit Network?
The area in the Kumph Industrial Park is growing and there are a great many more jobs opening in the area. As such, I hope that there will be coverage on the network for those that work a later shift. Especially with my work, there are shifts that run to midnight. It would be nice to be able to use public transit at those times in these areas, even if I myself do not end up with these shifts I know that there are coworkers that would be happy to take them if they had reliable transit for those hours.


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How would you use Option 1 and/or Option 2 for Route 73?
I personally would not be using this route often if ever and thus cannot offer any worthwhile opinion on the matter.


What issues or challenges do you see with the proposed route? Please be specific about which option you are referring to.
I personally would not be using this route often if ever and thus cannot offer any worthwhile opinion on the matter.


7. How often do you currently use GRT?
Daily


8. How do you typically pay for GRT trips?
Adult pass

Name not shown inside City of Waterloo October 20, 2017, 7:53 AM

1. What do you like about the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
The 19B route will help me get to work and home from work more easily.


2. What challenges do you see with the proposed 2018 Transit Network?
19B (and lots of other buses) need to run more frequently to actually be helpful to people, once an hour isn't useful, because it will make for absurd wait times after work.


3. What new issues or information do we need to consider about the 2018 Transit Network?
That the LRT will never actually finish and this is an exercise in futility.


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How would you use Option 1 and/or Option 2 for Route 73?
I don't know


What issues or challenges do you see with the proposed route? Please be specific about which option you are referring to.
...?


Please provide any comments you may have about our New Directions plan and six priority areas.
Sounds good, zero chance it will actually happen.


7. How often do you currently use GRT?
Daily


8. How do you typically pay for GRT trips?
Adult pass

Name not shown inside City of Waterloo October 20, 2017, 12:49 AM

Which of the above descriptions best fits your vision for the future of Waterloo Region?
Big Transformations


Considering your vision, what greenhouse gas reduction target would you like Waterloo Region to achieve by 2050? We should reduce emissions by:
91-100% (Big Transformations)


Dream with us! What actions should Waterloo Region take to achieve your vision for the future?
ban petroleum powered vehicles when that is feasible/practical
install charging stations for electric cars at all public facilities, shopping areas and at all work places
expand LRT and/or express buses to more major routes to reduce single passenger commuting
free public transit including free bicycles for commuting to work
make it easy and simple for everyone to take public transit that is efficient and timely
expand car share into each neighbourhood - electric cars
grocery stores in every neighbourhood
no big box stores that require people to drive to shop for the simplest necessities and purchases
Waterloo North Hydro build solar farms in vacant lots, unusable land and on all public buildings, schools; require builders and development companies to install solar panels (or geothermal heating) on all new homes and commercial and industrial buildings;
encourage existing homeowners and businesses to install solar panels by adding cost to hydro bills.
With all of this solar heating - install heated sidewalks so that they are snow and ice-free in winter making them safe for the public to walk everywhere and feel secure to walk to work
provide the means for neighbourhoods to grow food on vacant lands, at schools etc.
ban throw-away plastic water bottles. Install water refill stations in all public spaces (indoor and outdoor) and commercial areas.
enforce littering bylaws and institute massive public education campaign about littering.
ban garbage cans and provide only recycling bins everywhere.
require all restaurants and prepared food dispensaries (note: grocery and food stores) to provide re-usable dinnerware or biodegradable utensils and food containers and wrapping.
Impose large fines on businesses that break these bylaws.
No massive parking lots that sit empty most of the time and generate heat in warm/hot weather.
plant sustainable forests of various sizes all over the city.
gather rain water from roofs of all public buildings to irrigate grass and trees at those locations
require all commercial businesses to turn-off advertising lights after business hours
install roundabouts at all major intersections and where feasible on neighbourhood roads



Why do you believe it's important for Waterloo Region to take action on climate change?
because it is logical to do this


Where do you live?
City of Waterloo


Where do you work?
I don't work in Waterloo Region.

Name not shown inside City of Waterloo October 19, 2017, 10:08 PM

Which of the above descriptions best fits your vision for the future of Waterloo Region?
Big Transformations


Considering your vision, what greenhouse gas reduction target would you like Waterloo Region to achieve by 2050? We should reduce emissions by:
61-70% (Show Leadership)


Dream with us! What actions should Waterloo Region take to achieve your vision for the future?
Continued focus on public transit. Increased focus on neighbourhood business versus large, sprawling big box store developments. Walking/cycling paths within all new neighbourhoods. Bike parking lots at all LRT stations. Increased bicycle parking lots throughout the region. High speed trains between Waterloo Region and the GTA.


Why do you believe it's important for Waterloo Region to take action on climate change?
I believe it's important for all urban areas to take action on climate change and sustainability. Sprawl is not conducive to healthy living, work-life balance, or ensuring we retain local farms. Despite increasing globalization, local economies are vital.


Where do you live?
City of Waterloo


Where do you work?
City of Waterloo