The city announced earlier this week that Brampton has received the green light for the construction of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit, and that major construction on the project will begin next year. The project is expected to be finished by fall 2024.
The LRT will run along Hurontario Street in an 18-kilometre stretch with 19 stops. The stretch will connect Brampton’s Gateway Terminal at the northern end, with Mississauga’s: City Centre (Square One) Terminal, Cooksville GO Station (connecting with the Milton train line), and Port Credit GO Station (connecting with Lakeshore West train line) at it southern end.
The milestone venture to establish the very first light rail transit system in Brampton and Mississauga is a joint project with Metrolinx and the City of Mississauga.
The city is discussing options with Metrolinx to relocate the Gateway Terminal LRT stop to the north side of the Hurontario/Steeles intersection. This would make the interchange between the LRT and the terminal easier by eliminating the need for riders to cross Steeles, which would reduce traffic wait times.
The contract is valued at $4.6 billion and has been awarded by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx, to Mobilinx Hurontario General Partnership. This means Mobilinx will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the transit system for a 30-year term. While the LRT will be operated by Mobilinx, it will remain publicly owned by Metrolinx.
“It’s an exciting milestone,” said Mayor Patrick Brown, during the announcement, “We know that the LRT is key in meeting future regional demands. We look forward to more developments… including discussions on a tunnelled option for the LRT extension that would lead into downtown Brampton.”
Correction: This article previously stated that the Port Credit Go connected with the Lakeshore East line, but it has been corrected to Lakeshore West.