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Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update: Details For Procurement

Select Activities to Take Place 24/7, Major Construction from 7am to 11pm; Noise By-Law Exemptions Supported by Ward Councillors and Granted

City of Mississauga staff reported at General Committee today on the Metrolinx-led Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) Project currently inprocurement.

Included in the staff report

• a request from Metrolinx to amend the noise exemption process of the City’s Noise Control By-law 360-79
• recommendation for additional municipal infrastructure to be included in the procurement process
• information on potential operating and maintenance costs

“City staff worked on details for the procurement process such as a request from Metrolinx for an exemption to the City’s Noise Control By-law for timely and cost-efficient construction of the project,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner Transportation and Works. “We have also identified the opportunity to repair and upgrade City infrastructure during the construction of the LRT to be included in the procurement and are continuing to compile information on potential operating and maintenance costs. Much of this information is dependent on the procurement process and will be part of ongoing discussions with Metrolinx and future agreements.”

HuLRT Procurement Process

Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario are leading the procurement and implementation of the HuLRT Project through the Provincial Alternative Finance and Procurement Process. Proponents commit funding and bid for the design, build, maintenance and ongoing operation of the HuLRT Project.  The provision of light rail vehicles is being undertaken separately by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario.

Since the previous update, the request for proposals was issued by Infrastructure Ontario on August 17, 2017 to three pre-qualified, short-listed teams for the procurement of the HuLRT Project. The procurement process is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete with the successful vendor team beginning construction by the end of 2018.

The City of Mississauga HuLRT Project Office team, along with supporting technical and strategic advisors, continue to work with Metrolinx to support the procurement process.

Noise By-law Exemption

Metrolinx requested an exemption to the City’s Noise Control By-law for timely and cost-efficient construction of the project. Staff consulted with the Ward Councillors on the Hurontario corridor regarding Metrolinx’s request for the exemption, and, in general, support the requested exemptions. the Commissioner of Transportation and Works retains the right to withdraw the Noise By-Law exemption.
 
1)  Major construction works to take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, throughout the corridor including:
• concrete placement (track infill, sidewalks curb and gutter, bridge and wall structures, LRT stops)
• aggregate and asphalt placement
• material movement (aggregates, track material and equipment)
• track installation
• testing of the train and systems
 
2) That the following activities will be allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
• micro tunnelling for water, stormwater, sanitary sewer installation
• install, removal and adjustment of traffic control (construction set up, traffic signal modifications)
 
3) That the Noise By-Law exemption period be from approximately fall 2018 to the end of construction (planned for 2022)
 
4) That a limited number of full weekend closures be allowed for segments of Hurontario Street at the following locations: 
• Port Credit  – bridge works/tunnelling
• QEW – bridge works/tunnelling
• Cooksville GO  – bridge works
• Highway 403 – elevated LRT span

These closures are necessary to safely complete the works and will not occur simultaneously.

Additional Municipal Infrastructure

In addition to the previously endorsed corridor enhancements staff recommended that the City take the opportunity that the LRT construction presents to
• replace and upgrade segments of the stormwater infrastructure
• install uninterrupted power supply at 65 signalized intersections
• protect for the future installation of variable message signs for local transit (MiWay) services at LRT stops to include MiWay service data and messaging such as the scheduled arrival/departure times of local transit routes, service information including alerts and service promotions

This proposed infrastructure is beyond the scope of the project and if approved in principle by Council will be included with the procurement of the HuLRT.  The construction and installation of these works will be delivered by the LRT contractor during the established construction period.

The total budget for the identified additional municipal infrastructure is valued at $26,307,000 and would be added to the 2018-2027 capital budget and forecast.

LRT Operating and Maintenance Costs

The provision of LRT operations and maintenance services are included in the procurement process that is currently underway. The responsibility for the costs of those services will be part of future negotiations and the development of an agreement between the City of Mississauga and Metrolinx.

“Prior to Metrolinx reaching financial closure with a successful bid team, an agreement will need to be in place with the City of Mississauga to address the detailed aspects of project delivery and long-term operations and maintenance of the LRT,” said Wright. “We continue to request information from Metrolinx on roles and responsibilities and anticipated operating and maintenance costs.”

Staff is also working on identifying potential short-term and long-term City costs and budget impacts related to the LRT, including roadway and boulevard maintenance and MiWay service.

For more information:

Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update: Request for Proposals, Additional Municipal Funding, and Potential Operating Costs (Ward 1,4,5 & 7)
Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update: Metrolinx Project Procurement – June 28, 2017
Hurontario Light Rail Transit Backgrounder – June 28, 2017
Plans for Hurontario Light Rail Transit Stops – September 21, 2016
Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update – July 6, 2016
Hurontario Light Rail Transit Update – February 3, 2016
Hurontario Light Rail Transit Spring 2017 Open House Display Boards
Hurontario Light Rail Transit

Mississauga Moves Forward on its Housing Strategy

City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee  yesterday adopted the City’s first housing strategy Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga.

The Strategy is the City’s plan for fostering a supportive environment for the development of a range of housing that is affordable for all. It targets middle-income households and also benefits lower-income households.
While the Region of Peel is responsible for subsidized housing, middle-income households have not been widely supported in terms of housing supply. Middle-income households do not qualify for financial assistance and cannot afford housing at current market prices.  The strategy will help provide opportunities for lower-income households by freeing up supply.
The strategy offers 40 actions supported by the Mississauga Housing Advisory Panel, a group of over 20 housing professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors that shared their knowledge, advice and solutions. It also includes a five-year action plan centred on municipal powers and funding partnerships to achieve its goals.
Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga defines how the City of Mississauga will address the affordable housing crisis in our City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We’re ready to do our part to ensure that those who want to live in Mississauga can afford to do so. The strategy provides bold, innovative solutions to increasing affordability. Safe, affordable housing is a pillar of a complete city and we will achieve our goals if we work together with our partners to create a supportive development environment for a range of affordable housing for all.”

Continue reading Mississauga Moves Forward on its Housing Strategy

MiWay Five Service Plan Brings New Transitway Connection and Service Changes

Starting October 23, 2017, more improvements and changes are being made as part of the MiWay Five Service Plan (2016-2020). Customers can expect improved GO Transit connections, more frequent service and a new Mississauga Transitway connection on some routes.

“MiWay is continuing to make progress on the MiWay Five Service Plan,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “The plan allows for more frequent buses along main corridors and delivers more direct services. The plan is preparing for transit expansion as MiWay prepares for the completion of the Mississauga Transitway and the new light rail line along Hurontario Street.”

Major service improvements and changes for October 2017 include

Route Service Change
29 Park Royal-Homelands More frequent all-day transit service on weekdays and weekends
36 Colonial-Ridgeway A new two-way transit service connecting Winston Churchill Station, Loyola Catholic Secondary School and South Common Centre providing improved MiWay and GO Transit connections
47 Ridgeway Loop Route cancelled and replaced with Route 36 Colonial-Ridgeway
305 Streetsville-Bancroft Revised morning routing to school due to low ridership. Route will no longer service north of Bancroft Drive
 314 Rick Hansen-Creditview Revised morning routing to school due to low ridership. Route will no longer service north of Britannia Road

For a complete list of service improvements, visit miway.ca/miway5.

Visit MiWay’s Trip Planner to plan your route and get real-time trip updates or call 905-615-INFO (4636).

MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak Approved by City of Mississauga

Today at General Committee, MiWay’s proposed Affordable Transportation Pilot Program (ATPP) was approved in principle by Mississauga City Council and is on its way to becoming a permanent program in January 2018 along with the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare at off peak-times. Final approval is to follow at the October 11 Council meeting.

“Making the affordable transportation program permanent assists residents with low incomes and gives them better access to employment and services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie “This program contributes to the City’s strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility. The social and financial return on investment from this program benefits our City and helps keep our communities strong.”

“The two phases of the affordable transportation pilot helped us develop the program and make it effective,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “City of Mississauga and Region of Peel staff recommend that the phase two pilot becomes a permanent program for eligible Mississauga residents. The Region will continue to assess the eligibility and MiWay will administer the issuance of PRESTO cards. Financial responsibilities for subsidy and administrative costs will be covered by the Region. MiWay will continue to make the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare available at off-peak times.” Continue reading MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak Approved by City of Mississauga

MiWay Cash Fare to Increase by 25 Cents; Tickets by 10 Cents

Budget Committee Update – September 20, 2017

The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee recently considered new and increased fees and charges for 2018. This includes transit fares, Recreation and Parks and Forestry programs. These revenue sources will help offset the cost of delivering these services.

Highlights include:

  • New fees introduced for non-resident pool rental
  • MiWay cash fare increase by $0.25 from $3.50 to $3.75, paper ticket fares increase by $0.10 for adult, student and senior tickets effective January 29, 2018, while PRESTO fares remain at current rates
  • New fees introduced for forestry inspection at $50, upgraded commemorative tree donation at $2,500 and garden park bench donation at $5,000
  • Increase to filming location fees based on the cost of inflation and benchmarking

Additional revenue of approximately $1.2 million is expected from the increases and new fees. These will alleviate some pressures on the property tax rate in 2018.

The proposed fees and charges were presented at a Council meeting for approval on September 27, 2017.

More information about the City budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget.