February 19, 2014 - The cities of Mississauga and Brampton have recently completed preliminary design and environmental assessment work for the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project from Port Credit into Brampton to initiate the Ontario Ministry of Environment Transportation Project Assessment Process (TPAP). As a priority Next Wave project of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan, The Big Move, Metrolinx will be joining the municipalities as a co-proponent through this next phase of work.
"It is wonderful we have reached this stage," said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Our residents and businesses will greatly benefit from having light rail transit on this corridor. This project is about moving people, giving them good transit options and bringing new life and opportunities to the corridor. We know light rail is well suited for this corridor – for the people travelling, living and working on it. People and businesses want the gridlock issue solved. We look forward to working with Brampton and Metrolinx to bring light rail transit to this important corridor."
“Brampton is committed to creating a world-class transit system that is convenient, reliable and modern. A strong city is built on connections, and we want to get those connections right, for businesses, workers, students, GO train commuters and families,” said Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell. “We look forward to continuing to work with Mississauga and Metrolinx to find solutions that meet our respective needs.”
“Metrolinx is pleased to be joining the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga as a co-proponent in the EA process. This project will further link together expanded GO service, MiWay and Zum so people can move throughout the region.” – Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO, Metrolinx.
Transportation Project Assessment Process
The Cities of Mississauga and Brampton have completed what is known in transportation planning as the pre-consultation stage for the project and now have a design that will move through a provincial environmental assessment process. A ‘Notice of Commencement’ has been issued under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) that includes going out to the public for comments, looking at potential impacts and how to manage them. Components of the TPAP include examining impacts to transportation and utilities, socio-economic, natural and cultural environment. Information from this process will be made available to the public and the Minister of the Environment as an Environmental Project Report (EPR) in June 2014.
Six-month timeline for the TPAP includes
• 120 days for consultation on positive or negative environmental impacts and preparation of the EPR
• 30 Days for public/government agency review and comment on the EPR
• 35 Days for the Minister of Environment to determine if the project can proceed or requires more work
During the TPAP, the project team will continue to work on the design to be ready for project funding. Staff will report to both Mississauga and Brampton Councils, and the Metrolinx Board of Directors, once the 120 day TPAP period is complete.
The LRT design has more than 20 stops connecting people with transit systems and key destinations in Mississauga and Brampton to get them where they need to go.
March Public Meeting
A third and final Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Hurontario-Main Light Rail (LRT) will be held in March 2014. These meetings will feature display boards and handouts regarding various aspects of the LRT project. Project team members will be on hand to answer questions.
For more information and a corridor map please visit www.hurontario-main.ca
About Hurontario-Main LRT Project
The City of Mississauga, the City of Brampton and Metrolinx have a vision for a vibrant Hurontario-Main corridor from Port Credit to downtown Brampton. In 2011, the cities' Master Plan noted that Light Rail Transit (LRT) is the preferred form of transit along the Hurontario-Main corridor. This project is also a priority project in The Big Move, the Regional Transportation Plan, and included in Metrolinx’s Next Wave of projects recommended for funding through the Investment Strategy. An LRT system, providing key transportation connections to the cities, both north/south and with the GO Transit system, has been identified as a catalyst for sustainable, well-managed growth. The Hurontario-Main LRT Project is now in the Transit Project Assessment (TPAP) Phase, which includes design and technical studies supported by stakeholder and public consultations.