Ontario outlines transit plans for Peel and Milton
By Adam FreillConstruction Infrastructure
Premier promotes plan to extend Hazel McCallion Line in Mississauga and Brampton, and to expand Milton GO service.
Ontario is steadfast in its plan to extend the Hazel McCallion Light Rail Transit (LRT) by building the Mississauga loop and bringing the line into downtown Brampton. Premier Doug Ford confirmed the government’s plans for the LRT expansion, as well the Ontario government’s support to enhance GO train service along the Milton line with two-way all-day service, while speaking at the Mississauga Board of Trade.
“Our government is investing more than $70 billion over the next decade to lead the largest expansion of public transit in North America, including across Peel and Milton regions,” said Ford. “Alongside Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, our government has a plan to move Peel and Milton regions’ people and economy forward.”
According to the premier’s office, the provincial government has accepted the initial business case for the expansion of the Hazel McCallion LRT and is moving forward with the project.
The LRT will include a four-kilometre extension of the line into downtown Brampton via Main Street from the Brampton Gateway Terminal and a two-kilometre extension with a loop in Mississauga. The loop will connect LRT service to Square One with additional stops through to Confederation Parkway.
Ford also called on the federal government to agree to a cost-sharing partnership that will deliver all-day, two-way GO rail service along the Milton GO rail corridor by building a fully separated passenger rail line.
The Milton GO rail corridor is the fourth busiest line on the GO network and serves as a vital transit connection between Milton, Mississauga and the rest of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
“Everyone in Ontario deserves access to reliable transit options that connect them to good-paying jobs and housing,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “The extension of the Hazel McCallion LRT and Milton GO rail corridor are essential next steps in our mission to get commuters where they need to go, when they need to be there. We urge the federal government to share in the cost of this critical project in Milton to meet the growing needs of this region.”