On March 21, Metrolinx CEO, Phil Verster, released a statement on the status of the Hurontario LRT project.
“In order to offer riders a more convenient route and alleviate potential budget pressures on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, changes to the scope of the project, recommended by Metrolinx, have been approved by the Government of Ontario.
These changes include:
- Removing the Mississauga city centre loop and creating a direct in-out access route from Hurontario to the Rathburn stop, located next to the MiWay Transit Terminal.
- Deferring the pedestrian bridge at the Cooksville stop to be included in a future Transit Oriented Development between the stop and the GO station.
- Changes to street-scaping along the corridor.
Metrolinx will continue to work with MTO and report back as the procurement process progresses.
The changes have been designed to reduce project costs while still achieving the project goal of providing a fast, reliable and seamless customer experience between the new Hurontario LRT line, the GO Transit network, and the local transit systems.
There are provisions in the contract language to adapt to future changes or additions to the LRT, including the completion of Mississauga’s City Centre loop and/or a potential extension into Brampton.
Under the revised scope, the Hurontario LRT will provide 18 km of reliable rapid transit with 19 stops in a dedicated right-of-way. The Hurontario LRT will link the GO stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal and key Züm and MiWay routes.”