After much anticipation, track work for the future Hazel McCallion light rail transit (LRT) line, also known as the Hurontario LRT, are starting at the project’s operations, maintenance and storage facility, located just south of Highway 407 on the border of Brampton and Mississauga.
The first tracks are being installed for the future Hazel McCallion LRT.
This important milestone marks a step forward for the 18-kilometre rapid transit being built along Hurontario Street in Peel Region.
The first tracks are going in at the project’s nerve centre, the operations, maintenance and storage facility (OMSF).
The OMSF will be the hub of the new transit line, featuring a repair shop, vehicle cleaning facility, material storage and capacity for 42 Alstom light rail vehicles.
In November, Metrolinx News reported on the first set of rails being delivered to OMSF for the Hurontario light rail project.
What does this all mean? According to the teams building the line, progress is taking place and it feels good.
“Rapid, reliable, and environmentally friendly light rail transit is that much closer to being realized from Mississauga to Brampton and all the connections in between,” said Mobilinx superintendent, Devin McAndrew.
“Track installations are starting at OMSF with crews moving out to Hurontario, then north to Steeles, and south to Port Credit and all the way up the line.”
The first stages of the guideway construction are set to take place from OMSF, to Edwards Boulevard, on Topflight Drive and along Hurontario Street and just south of Highway 401 from Matheson Boulevard to Britannia Road from south to north.
In total, the project will have:
- 55,000 monoblock and twin block ties – ties used to support to the rail
- 13,000 metric tonnes of rail ballast – what will one day form the track bed
- More than 47,000 square metres of guideway concrete to be poured
“Fast forward a few more stages of track construction and this will eventually culminate in substantial completion throughout the corridor,” says Afzal Memon, Metrolinx senior project manager of rapid transit.
Continue to follow all of the project progress, including the ongoing track installation, on Twitter here.
Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx communications senior advisor