Extension plans for Greater Toronto area
Posted on 22nd January 2024 at 09:32
Ontario's Transport Minister Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria directed Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster to: 'proceed with the development of an initial business plan along with a strategy to go to market for bids to build both Mississauga loop and the Brampton extension.'
It is not yet clear how this new development will affect the opening of the Hazel McCallion line which is already two years behind schedule. Metrolinx started rail track installation for the project in 2023 and it is currently scheduled to open in September this year.
The plans for the Hazel McCallion LRT, formerly known as the Hurontario LRT, have changed many times. The original vision for the line was that it should end at Brampton but due to concerns about it cutting through a historic main street, it was shortened. In 2019, Metrolinx removed plans for the Mississauga loop citing financial pressures.
In a statement to CBC Toronto, Metrolinx said "both the loop and Brampton Extension have always been viewed as strong and viable next phases of this project," and that it will respond to the ministry by Feb. 5.
"This is something we have long advocated for and knew it was vitally important to the growth of Mississauga," Ontario Liberal Party leader, and former Mississauga mayor, Bonnie Crombie said at a news conference.
Mississauga is expected to build roughly 135 more high-rise apartment and condo buildings over the next 20 years, according to Crombie.
The Ford government is planning to extend the Hazel McCallion LRT in downtown Brampton and with a loop in Mississauga. (Metrolinx)
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