MISSISSAUGA — While speaking at the Mississauga Board of Trade on February 8th, Premier Doug Ford confirmed the government’s plan to extend the Hazel McCallion Light Rail Transit (LRT) by building the Mississauga loop and bringing the line into downtown Brampton. Premier Ford also confirmed the Ontario government’s support to enhance GO train service along the Milton line with two-way all-day service and urged the federal government to be a full funding partner.
“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 Premier Doug Ford. “Alongside Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, our government has a plan to move Peel and Milton regions’ people and economy forward.”
Today, @fordnation confirmed our plan to move forward with extending the Hazel McCallion LRT by building the Mississauga loop & bringing the line into downtown Brampton.
For Dufferin-Caledon residents, this means more transit options for travel between Brampton & Mississauga. pic.twitter.com/tAMTOXM7uy
— Sylvia Jones (@SylviaJonesMPP) February 8, 2024
Ontario has accepted the initial business case for the expansion of the Hazel McCallion LRT and is moving forward with this important 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. The LRT will provide one of Canada’s quickest-growing cities with faster, more frequent and more reliable transit than the existing bus service, travelling in an exclusive right-of-way with signal priority at intersections.
Ontario is also calling 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. That is why Ontario is also planning to reinstate train trips, improve stations with new customer amenities such as expanding the south parking lot and a pedestrian bridge at Milton GO station, and advance the planning and design work to support future two-way, all-day service.
“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.”
Over the next decade, Ontario is investing $70.5 billion to transform public transit in the province, the largest transit investment in Canadian history.
- By 2031, the province will introduce a two-way, all-day GO train service every 15 minutes in key corridors across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
- Premier Ford recently announced the One Fare program that will enable transit riders using multiple transit agencies to transfer at no extra charge, helping them save an average of $1,600 each year.
- The current Hazel McCallion LRT project includes approximately 20 km of new rapid transit connecting with local and regional transit networks.
- The Milton corridor is the fourth busiest line in the GO network. By 2041, Milton corridor is expected to have up to 94,000 overall daily riders.
- The province continues to expedite the planning, design and construction of its five priority transit projects under the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020, which includes the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, the Yonge North Subway Extension and Hamilton Light Rail Transit project.
SOURCE Province of Ontario