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King-Victoria Transit Hub

Located at the gateway to downtown Kitchener, King-Victoria Transit Hub will connect all forms of transit (including rail, bus and rapid transit) in the region to one centralized location. The city is in the process of advancing plans for light rail and expanding intercity rail services so this hub will serve as a crucial focal point for all modes of transportation and future growth.

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON

Bringing together bus, commuter rail and intercity passenger services, as well as the future Central Transit Corridor LRT line, the King-Victoria Transit Hub will be the transit focal point within the Region of Waterloo.

One of the most important functions of the transit hub is to provide seamless, efficient and easy transfers between transit services including two GO/VIA Rail platforms, two LRT platforms, a six-bay bus terminal, passenger drop-off/pick-up, local on-street bus stops and on-site parking facilities.

As prime consultant, IBI Group developed the preliminary site plan, station access plan, functional grade separation design, and a full environmental assessment. We identified impacts on properties, land use and traffic operations based on changes to the existing rail facilities and proposed transit hub improvements. As part of the preliminary site design, we determined the functional requirements and conceptual layouts for all modes of transit including walking and cycling access plans.

The project also includes input into the design of the King street grade separation. Although all modal needs were addressed, the key design principle for the transit hub was to ensure the pedestrian perspective was addressed. Since users of the hub will ultimately be pedestrians, they will determine its success.

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Ashish Ghate

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.