Waterloo Ontario - There's an opportunity to get up close and personal with an Ion LRT trainset at an open house Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00 at the Region of Waterloo's operations, maintenance, and storage facility.
This is the same Ion train that was tracked on its journey from Thunder Bay to Waterloo Region and the same one set for testing in the next two months on a track from Silver Lake in Uptown Waterloo to Northfield Drive.
Planning and Works committee chair Tom Galloway said people will be able to board the train for a tour before it becomes operational.
The Region's storage facility is at 518 Dutton Drive in Waterloo.
Train Your Brain
This week the region also introduced a safety campaign entitled "Train your Brain" which focuses on these safety messages:
"We're trying to educate people well ahead of time so that they start to realize what some of the signs mean and how the train is going to interact with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists," said Galloway.
Eventually the tracks from Conestoga Mall to Fairview Park Mall will be turned on for testing of all 14 trains the region has purchased.
A second Ion LRT train is scheduled to arrive sometime in June.