‘Very cool’ part of Mississauga’s new $1.4-billion light rail transit route makes progress


Published March 13, 2023 at 10:02 am

Aerial view of Hwy. 403 and Hurontario St. in Mississauga's downtown core. Work on the elevated guideway as part of the Hazel McCallion light rail transit line can be seen at bottom right.

An important and “very cool” part of the $1.4-billion Hazel McCallion light rail transit (LRT) line is making steady progress in Mississauga’s downtown core.

Officials overseeing the massive transit project, which when completed in fall 2024 will be known as the Hazel McCallion Line and run 18 kilometres along Hurontario St. from south Mississauga into Brampton, describe what’s taking shape just east of Square One Shopping Centre as “a very cool piece of urban infrastructure.”

Technically, it’s known as the elevated guideway, which will eventually connect the 19-stop LRT route to the City Centre stop near Square One.

The guideway is making significant progress, project leaders at Metrolinx said recently via Twitter. Metrolinx is the provincial agency overseeing the massive transit project.

“Take a look at the progress on the elevated guideway for the future Hazel McCallion Line,” project officials posted to social media. “When in operation, this dedicated LRT path will support high-order transit with reduced impact to local traffic. Not to mention, it’s a very cool piece of urban infrastructure.”

In an earlier update, Metrolinx officials offered the following:

“You may have spotted the guideway piers (the vertical structures that will support the guideway) going up near Hwy. 403 and Rathburn Rd. Now, the structure is starting to take shape.”

The Hazel McCallion Line, when completed, will move passengers from Port Credit GO station in the south to Brampton in the north, 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.

City of Mississauga officials remain hopeful that a downtown core loop that would conveniently connect Hazel McCallion Line trains with the many condos in Mississauga’s downtown will once again be part of the huge project.

It was initially part of the plan before being cut from the project by the provincial government three years ago as a way to save money.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie, council and other Mississauga officials have been fighting for reinstatement of the loop ever since.

Residents are reminded that one of Mississauga’s busiest intersections, Hurontario and Dundas Sts., will be closed this coming weekend (March 17 to 20) to accommodate major work on the LRT route.

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