Hurontario light rail transit project in Mississauga and Brampton receives first set of tracks

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Published November 25, 2021 at 10:44 am

The first set of tracks to be laid as part of the Hurontario light rail transit project arrived in Brampton this week. (Photo: Metrolinx)

It’ll be three years before the first Mississauga passengers step on board the Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) system, but the first set of tracks arrived on the work site this week. 

Metrolinx, the agency that manages public transit projects across the Golden Horseshoe, said more than 3,000 metres of rail were delivered to the project’s Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility in Brampton. 

And that’s only a drop in the bucket of what’s to come as work continues on the 18-kilometre LRT route, which when completed in fall 2024 will move passengers from Port Credit GO station in the south to Brampton, with 19 stops along the way. 

“This is the first of many deliveries that will total 89 kilometres of rail, weighing in at 5,000 metric tonnes,” said Metrolinx spokesperson Erika D’Urbano.  

Here are some other numbers related to the massive project: 

  • 55,000monoblockand twin block ties will be used to support the track 
  • 13,000 metrictonnesof rail ballast will eventually form the track bed 
  • more than 47,000 squaremetresof guideway concrete will be poured by the time the project is completed 

Over the next several years, curb replacement, utility relocations and lane widening will be happening along the route. 

When completed, the Hurontario LRT will offer a dedicated right-of-way running from south Mississauga to Brampton Gateway Terminal. 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. 

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