A Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is a key part of Mississauga and Brampton’s vision for the congested Hurontario Street-Main Street corridor which connects the two cities. Stretching from the Port Credit GO Station by the lake in Mississauga to the GO Station north of Downtown Brampton, the LRT system is intended to stimulate economic and residential development, while improving the quality of life in both cities. This project will help to transform parts of Peel Region from suburban to urban by encouraging greater densities, and improving walkability by connecting people with destinations using sustainable transit.
Metrolinx has joined the municipalities of Mississauga and Brampton as a co-proponent for the next phase of the Hurontario-Main LRT project, an Environmental Assessment under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP). While Metrolinx has previously been involved as a major stakeholder throughout the preliminary planning and feasibility stages, sharing proponency expands their role in the project and positions them to become more involved as the project progresses.
The transit line is planned to include more than 20 stops, providing vital transportation connections between Mississauga and Brampton while serving as a catalyst for sustainable growth in the rapidly urbanizing region. The Hurontario-Main LRT will be an extremely important building block in the region, and for this reason Metrolinx identified it as a priority project in The Big Move, a long-term plan aiming to address transit issues in the GTA. As a co-proponent, Metrolinx is providing direct support, leadership and management of the Hurontario-Main LRT throughout the TPAP period, which started on February 19th and runs until June 25, 2014. The TPAP examines the project's potential impact on areas such as transportation, utilities, and the socio-economic, natural and cultural environment, and allows input from the public every step of the way.
Last week, the third and final public information centres for the project were held in Mississauga and Brampton, following up on previous sessions held in 2012 and 2013. During last week's meetings, refined plans were presented, including recommended corridor alignment and a summary of the Engineering and Environmental studies that have been undertaken. The information from this session will be incorporated into an Environmental Project Report that will be available for public review in June 2014, before being submitted to the Ministry of the Environment.
We will be keeping an eye out for any updates regarding the Hurontario-Main LRT. In the meantime, we now have a dataBase file for the project, linked below, with a wealth of renderings and a growing collection of project facts. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or voice your opinion in the comments section provided at the bottom of this page.