The controversial Hurontario LRT has undergone some changes as of late but it is definitely moving forward.
In case you’ve missed it, the Light Rail Train project has been underway since 2014, and aims to construct said train to run from Port Credit Go to Brampton Gateway Terminal. The train will run right up the middle of Hurontario street, meaning years of construction on the busy road. The entire journey from Port Credit to Brampton will take 40 minutes, compared to 58 by car, and the hour fifteen it currently takes by bus.
The initial plans for the LRT proposed 22 stops for a total journey of 20 KM. That plan has since been revised by the Ford Government, cutting the numbers of stops to 19 and thus quickening the journey by 5-10 minutes. Below is an image of the new route.
To most it won’t seem any different, however the original plan included a loop around Square One/the city centre. It was a fairly unnecessary inclusion and most will be happier with the speedier journey anyway. Some question the motives behind the new proposal, however it’s such a minimal change – and arguably a beneficial one – that few will notice or even care.
So the plans are moving forward, with the end goal still being 2022. And the first true construction to accommodate the LRT will actually begin this month. Not far from the QEW, Enbridge gas company must install a new gas line near Eaglewood Boulevard and Oriole Avenue. The work is beginning soon and is expected to take two full months. Thankfully, no traffic lanes will be affected by the construction.
It seems we are finally on the precipice of the LRT moving from lofty ambition to viable method of transport. The train has come under scrutiny from local shop owners, fearing their business will suffer, and from drivers who don’t want to deal with the construction. However Mayor Crombie and more believe it to be the logical, and even crucial, next step in Mississauga becoming a major Canadian city. Although it is more than a little ironic that, while a train is being built to connect Mississauga and Brampton more than ever, Crombie and the council are also attempting to separate and sever ties from Region of Peel and thus Brampton.
The idea behind the train is to connect the two cities, as well as make it easier for people to get to work, with most of Mississauga’s businesses within a KM of Hurontario. With that in mind, the LRT is for the people of Mississauga and Brampton. So how do you feel about the change of plans, and the LRT in general? Be sure to let us, and your local MP’s, know!