Ontario has reached a major milestone in the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, with the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the new LRT line.
“Today is a major step forward for the Hurontario LRT project,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation. “The new LRT will make life easier for families and commuters in Mississauga and Brampton by providing a faster, more reliable transit option, with improved connections to local transit and GO rail services.”
The Hurontario LRT project includes approximately 20 km of new rapid transit; 22 stops, including three in downtown Mississauga; connections to GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton Transit, Brampton Züm, and the Mississauga Transitway; and a maintenance and storage facility for the light rail vehicles at Highway 407.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018, with an estimated in-service date in 2022.
“The Hurontario LRT will form the backbone of a regional rapid transit network connecting with GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Brampton Züm, and MiWay services including the Mississauga Transitway,” said Bonnie Crombie, mayor of Mississauga. “The LRT is a game changer for Mississauga and will ensure the Hurontario corridor grows in a sustainable way. We look forward to further milestones and progress of this important project that will connect our city and ensure it remains competitive and of fers our residents efficient and modern transit.”
The province is providing $1.4 billion to build the Hurontario LRT in Mississauga and southern Brampton.
“Infrastructure Ontario is proud to be working with Metrolinx to deliver the Hurontario LRT project,” said Ehren Cory, president and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. “This announcement is a significant milestone in the AFP procurement process and we look forward to reviewing the proposals so that we can select a successful proponent.”
The three teams shortlisted for the Hurontario LRT project will submit their proposals to Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx later this year. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in 2018.