PHOTOS: Here’s What the LRT Could Look like in Mississauga
While the incoming Hurontario LRT has been controversial (as any grand-scale infrastructure project is), nothing has stood in its way.
It's coming—and soon.
Recently, news broke that Metrolinx and infrastructure Ontario (IO) shortlisted three teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project. The ground-level train, which will run from Port Credit to Brampton, will fundamentally change the landscape and aesthetic of one of Mississauga's busiest corridors.
The shortlisted teams set to compete for the contract include Hurontario Light Rail Connection Partners (HLCP), Mobilinx and Trillium Transit Partners. According to Metrolinx, the teams were selected based on the criteria identified in a Request for Qualifications process that began last October and selection criteria included design, construction, maintenance and operational experience, as well as the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope.
For those who are unaware (or who have perhaps forgotten), the project involves the creation of 20 kilometres of dedicated rapid transit between the Port Credit GO station in Mississauga to the Gateway Terminal at Steeles Ave. in Brampton.
It will include 22 surface stops with connections to GO Transit's Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, MiWay, Brampton Transit and the Mississauga Transitway BRT (Bus Rapid Transit). There will also be a maintenance and storage facility for the light rail vehicles at the 407.
Since construction on the massive project is set to begin next year, the city has worked to engage residents with a series of LRT open house events that were attended by project staff and city councillors.
At the open houses, residents were invited to check out a series of renderings of what the stops could look like once completed.
The renderings are incredibly effective, as they paint a vivid picture of something attractive and urbane.
"With the announcement of these three teams shortlisted for the Hurontario LRT, we are another step closer to greatly improving transit in Peel Region," says John Jensen, President and CEO, Metrolinx. "This project will be a key part of our regional transportation network, providing residents and businesses in Mississauga and Brampton with a fast, reliable, and convenient way to get where they need to be."
So love it or hate it, it's coming.
And judging from the renderings, it looks good near the Absolute condos.
Are you ready, Mississauga?
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