On June 24, 2009, Regional Council approved the initiative and the Region is in discussions with Provincial and Federal governments to obtain funding for the 0-million project.
The EA took a broader approach to studying possible routes and stations for the rapid transit line, examining several options such as utilizing existing tracks/roads and constructing new facilities.In keeping with legislation, the Environmental Assessment also examined ten possible transport technologies, including monorails and subways.This was followed by a community building strategy to guide development, identify key destinations, and strengthen regional connections.In 2004, the Regional Municipality began an Individual Environmental Assessment to study the feasibility of constructing a rapid transit line to provide higher-order public transit service to the Region and to encourage more compact urban growth along the corridor.In summer of 2010, funding from higher levels of government was announced: 0 million from the province of Ontario, and 5 million (or up to 1/3 of the full cost) from the federal government.
The provincial figure was disappointing to supporters, as they had previously promised 2/3 of the cost.
The Region of Waterloo has confirmed that the start of the Ion LRT service will be delayed until early 2018, due to delays in car production at the Bombardier plant.
Documents presented to the Region of Waterloo Planning and Works Committee Tuesday showed the first trains will not arrive until December 2016, with the final cars delayed until October 2017.
In June 2008, the Province of Ontario announced a new expedited Transit Project Assessment Process (Ontario Regulation 231/08).
In August 2008, the Region notified the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to advise that the it would transition from the Individual EA to the expedited process.
In April, Bombardier said it would be unable to meet its deadline due to a disconnect between the company's manufacturing plant in Mexico and its assembly plant in Thunder Bay.