Bulletin Issue 105 – Grand River Transit Electric Railway History – Now Available!

Canada’s newest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line officially opened June 21, 2019 in the Region of Waterloo. The rapid transit network of express bus and LRT is branded “ION” and is an integrated part of the Grand River Transit system serving the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge and several smaller communities. The 19 km electric rail line travels between Conestoga station in Waterloo and Fairway station in Kitchener with 19 stations along its length. This modern, high capacity rail line is to be expanded south to Cambridge. It is a bold step and is anticipated to be a vital link for a prosperous future; but it also brings obvious comparisons to the rich electric-railway history within the Waterloo region and to its neighbours in Brantford and Hamilton once served until the mid 50s by the “Grand River Railway” electric interurban system.

Bulletin Issue 105 presents the history of electric transit in the Waterloo Region.


Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation
Fondation canadienne du patrimoine de transport urbain