Metrolinx wants to hear what residents have to say on the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. During an upcoming virtual engagement, people will have the chance to learn what impact community feedback has already made and provide more input on the project.
Today (Jan. 18) marks the launch of the third in the series of five virtual public engagements that Metrolinx is hosting on the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.
This virtual public engagement will focus on the Mississauga East section of the proposed route and provides a forum for the public to share feedback and ask questions. Residents can participate online anytime until February 1.
There will also be another opportunity for residents to hear directly from the project team at a virtual live meeting on Jan. 27, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Click here to register for the live meeting or participate in the virtual engagement.
If you are unfamiliar with the project, the Dundas BRT is a proposed rapid bus transit line along a 48-kilometre stretch of Dundas Street from Highway 6 in the City of Hamilton through to the Kipling Transit Hub in the City of Toronto, linking Etobicoke and Mississauga City Centres along the way.
What makes this different from regular bus routes? Nearly half of the project would feature dedicated bus lanes separate from other traffic, along a corridor which currently has no continuous east-west transit. This would allow several local transit agencies (MiWay, HSR, TTC, etc.) to run buses much more efficiently.
In partnership with the City of Mississauga, Metrolinx introduced the Dundas BRT project to residents and businesses in April 2021.
The second round of public engagement in Sept. 2021 provided updates on the environmental studies done to date and shared some progress on preliminary design for the Mississauga East part of the BRT corridor.
Metrolinx wants input on the Mississauga East segment of the project
After the September engagement session, Metrolinx, in collaboration with the City of Mississauga, began the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the Dundas BRT Mississauga East portion.
A TPAP is a regulated process where the environmental effects of the project are analyzed.
As part of the TPAP process, a Dundas BRT Mississauga East Environmental Project Report (EPR) is being prepared. The community will have an opportunity to review and comment on items that will be included in the EPR in this round of engagement.
Environmental studies specific to Mississauga East, including potential impacts and proposed mitigations have been identified and will be available for the public’s review and comment.
In the last round of engagement, the community learned that Dundas Street will need to be widened to create room for the dedicated median BRT lane. The widening of Dundas will allow for four general purpose traffic lanes, bike lanes, wider sidewalks and amenity space for utility poles, trees, and community items such as benches.
To make room for the expanded road, there will be property impacts in certain areas along Dundas Street.
These impacts may include removing existing structures, altering parking spaces, entrances and exits, landscaping or other features.
Since the last round of engagement, the design for the Mississauga East segment has been optimized to reduce potential impacts. The project team is also moving forward with Alternative 1 for the Cooksville pinch point and continues to optimize this design.
This round of engagement will also include, for the first time, a map that will show what the Dundas BRT in Mississauga East looks like at the 10 per cent design stage.
Preliminary design work for Toronto, Mississauga West, Halton, and Hamilton work is still underway and information regarding design, pinch points, proposed stop locations, and more will be presented during a future public engagement session.
After the January virtual public engagement, the project team will consider the input received, prepare the Dundas BRT Mississauga East EPR, and then publish the Notice of Completion.
On February 23, 2022, the Dundas BRT Mississauga East EPR will be made available at metrolinxengage.com/dundasbrt for the 30-day public review period.
Have questions, comments, or concerns about the Dundas BRT project? The team wants to hear from you. Visit metrolinxengage.com/dundasBRT today to learn more about the Dundas BRT project and share your input.
This round of public engagement will run until Feb. 1.
Story by Suzanne Schofield, Metrolinx communications senior advisor and Jessica Singh, Metrolinx Peel Region community relations team