Thanks to a comment to this post, I have learned of a fantastic interview of Jeffrey Casello by Steve Paikin on the Agenda on October 19. I highly recommend that you watch it–especially if you are unsure about light rail in Waterloo Region:
Today’s Waterloo Region Record asks this question and provides two answers. Unfortunately, the online version of the paper initially only had one sided posted due to an oversight so I posted it below. It is now online and you may prefer to read it there. The “No” column can also be found on the Record’s website.
Jeffrey Casello’s explanation of why the answer is yes is excellent and so I have scanned it and provided it here. He’s an expert in these issues as he is an associate professor of planning and civil engineering at the University of Waterloo.
livable without light rail.