Huge Mississauga-Brampton light rail transit project is right on track

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Published January 11, 2022 at 10:41 am

The first deliveries of some 9,000 metres of track for the Hurontario LRT project arrived in Cooksville this week. (Photo: Metrolinx)

The Mississauga-Brampton Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project is moving along right on track with a huge delivery this week of rail line.

Officials overseeing the massive Port Credit-to-Brampton transit project say the first few loads of some 9,000 metres of track–about 100 football fields–were delivered to the Cooksville staging area near Hurontario and Dundas Sts.

In December, more than 3,000 metres of rail was delivered to the project’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility in Brampton.

These are the first of many deliveries that will eventually total 89 kilometres of rail, weighing some 5,000 metric tonnes.

Officials with Metrolinx, the agency overseeing the huge undertaking, say the latest rail delivery to Cooksville will come in 360 pieces of grooved track, each 25 metres in length.

Deliveries will continue throughout the better part of January, Metrolinx says.

They note the grooved rail offers another layer of protection against derailing.

“It’s all about the physics of how the light rail vehicles will travel on the line,” a Metrolinx official said in a release today.

When completed in fall 2024, the Hurontario LRT will move passengers from Port Credit GO station north into Brampton, with 19 stops along the way. 

It will link to GO stations at Port Credit and Cooksville, the Mississauga Transitway, Square One GO Bus Terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal, and key MiWay and Brampton Transit routes. 

The initiative is part of Metrolinx’s long-term vision for an integrated, sustainable transit network connecting the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. 

Metrolinx, which is responsible for public transit projects across the Golden Horseshoe, recently created a two-minute video to show progress made during 2021 on three of its major projects:

  • the Hurontario LRT that will run from Port Credit GO station in south Mississauga to Brampton
  • the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto (a separate, but related project is in the works to extend that light rail line to east Mississauga)
  • the Finch West LRT in Toronto (which may eventually extend to Pearson Airport in Mississauga)

Metrolinx officials say the three projects have seen “substantial advancements” over the past 12 months. The video, they add, has captured “some of the pivotal points in (the projects’) continued development, including testing and the arrival of light rail vehicles.”

 

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