The Ontario government announced that scope changes have been made to the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT), the largest infrastructure project in Mississauga’s history. As part of the announcement, the city was informed by Metrolinx that they have removed the loop around the downtown core amongst other changes to the project.
“We are pleased that the Ontario government remains committed to this important project, including the promise to cover 100 per cent of the costs needed to build the LRT. Our residents and businesses are depending on it, even with a reduced scope. While I understand the financial pressures, the downtown loop is a key component of the LRT and will help us realize the full potential of downtown Mississauga. We will continue to work to find alternate funding opportunities that will allow the loop to be built in the future,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
The Hurontario LRT will link to GO Stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal and key MiWay and Brampton Transit routes to move tens of thousands of people a day, helping Mississauga tackle gridlock and congestion while forming the north-south spine of its regionally-connected transit network.
“In the last decade, the City of Mississauga, along with businesses and residents, have been making significant plans in anticipation of Hurontario LRT. In this regard, Metrolinx has advised that the project will be built in a way that allows the loop to be added back in the future,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.
“Thousands of jobs and businesses, including 27 Fortune 500 companies and over 12,000 new housing units are located along the corridor and rely on this line being built. In the next 20 years, 25 per cent of our city’s population and employment in our city will be located along the Hurontario corridor,” said Crombie.
“Our main objective is to build transit and get people moving. This still remains the largest infrastructure investment in our city’s history. I look forward to getting shovels in the ground as soon as possible,” added Crombie.
For more information please visit: www.metrolinx.com/hurontariolrt
Photo: “Our main objective is to build transit and get people moving,” says Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.