Category Archives: Transit

Hurontario LRT Project Update

Feb 03, 2016 — At today’s General Committee meeting an update was provided on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, the largest infrastructure project in the City’s history. Metrolinx, the Ontario Provincial Government agency responsible for implementing and integrating regional transit in the Greater Toronto Area is leading the procurement and construction of the project with the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga as partners.

“We are working with our partners to bring much needed rapid transit to Hurontario,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This project is a city building game changer for Mississauga that will offer residents a new and convenient way to travel and ensure the Hurontario corridor grows in a sustainable way.”

“The City is currently negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement with Metrolinx that provides an overall operating framework between the parties and sets the stage for future agreements,” said City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer Janice Baker. “Metrolinx intends to own, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit system. The City will be expected to subsidize operating costs that benefit local transit users. Working together, we will determine this level of detail through a future final Master Agreement process.”

The project update included plans to create a Hurontario LRT Ad Hoc Council Working Group composed of Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Councillors most impacted by the project including, Jim Tovey – Councillor Ward 1, John Kovac – Councillor Ward 4, Carolyn Parrish – Councillor Ward 5 and Nando Iannicca – Councillor Ward 7.

“The working group is to keep members of Council advised of project developments,” said Joe Perrotta Director, Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Office. “It will include City of Mississauga and Metrolinx staff and consultant representatives as required. Matters requiring decisions or further input will come forward to General Committee.”

City of Mississauga staff is coordinating efforts with Metrolinx along with researching best practices in other similar projects. Staff from the City’s Hurontario Light Rail Transit Office will be reporting to General Committee at key project milestones.

Mississauga Moves 2015 a Turning Point in the City’s Transportation Future

City roads are built out and innovative solutions are needed to move forward

Mississauga is experiencing a turning point in the development of its transportation system. Today, more than 300 people looked into the future of travel throughout the City, at the first ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015, held at the Living Arts Centre.

“Mississauga is a City committed to building transit,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The results of today’s first-ever transportation summit will shape Mississauga’s transit priorities as we build up our City over the next 25 years,” she added. “We are here to listen to the ideas and solutions residents have toward making Mississauga an even better place to live, work and achieve unrivalled success.”

Registered attendees heard from panel experts on Complete Streets; these are designed to embrace all road users through inclusiveness, safety, comfort, efficiency and public space. Attendees also had the opportunity to design their own transit network or tour the Mississauga Transitway, as well as learn about Mississauga’s transportation story in terms of dealing with growth and congestion and possibilities for the future.

“Participation today will impact how we implement change; a process that will begin with the development of our Transportation Master Plan in 2016,” said Martin Powell, commissioner Transportation and Works and MC for the day. “We not only attracted the best local and international transportation experts but we brought together a transportation showcase that encompasses all areas of transportation.”

Powell further explained, Mississauga Moves 2015 allowed residents to listen, be heard and brainstorm innovative strategies for moving around the City more efficiently in the future on foot, by bicycle, car and public transit.

Keynote speaker Sam Schwartz, better known as “Gridlock Sam” a leading transportation expert in the United States, shared his insights on how Mississauga can become more “street smart” and move toward reducing cars and increasing use of public transit, walking and cycling.

The discussion will continue in 2016, with the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Input gathered from today’s summit is only the first step, watch for broader outreach and input from the community in the new year, added Powell.