Hurontario LRT vehicle

 

 

One of the perks of living in Mississauga’s City centre, nearby Square One, is the easy access to transit and transportation. With highways, major roadways, local and regional transit options you are connected to the rest of the province in many easy ways. Announced in 2012, a major project that will be a great transportation development in Mississauga is the planned Hurontario LRT. Planned to stretch from Port Credit by the shore of Lake Ontario up to Brampton’s Gateway Terminal and circling Square One itself.  Planned to open in 2022 the Hurontario LRT will be a $1.4 Billion, 22 stop aboveground rapid transit option for residents of the region.

 

Residents in the Square One area are going to be temporarily inconvenienced by the infrastructure construction for the next few years but the opportunity for property values to rise with its construction is undeniable. Resale values are definitely affected by transit options, neighbourhood amenities and walkability. Though current residents are concerned by the likely (though hopefully temporary) increase in traffic congestion during construction.  The Bramptonist points out that “about 70,000 of morning commuters travels to Mississauga from Brampton, even more than the 55,000 that travel to Toronto.” Many of which are coming into the Square One area to the many offices and services in the neighbourhood. Offering these commuters a car-free rapid transit option for commuting will make Square One Condo residents’ driving experience better.

 

 

Hurontario LRT Streetview

 

New Government Changes

In November, new premier Doug Ford put the future of the Hurontario LRT in question when it was mentioned in connection to his plans to ‘eliminate the inefficiencies of the previous Liberal government’. In November he singled out the $1 Billion Hamilton LRT plans as a guarantee for funding. Meanwhile, the provincial PC government has avoided the press and NDP’s questioning about Mississauga’s LRT Future. The provincial government’s refusal to make the same guarantee for the Hurontario LRT is concerning many residents and local officials.

 

Meanwhile, the municipal governments in Mississauga and Brampton are moving ahead with the plans and infrastructure changes. The new municipal city council in Brampton is proving more open to the LRT plans than their predecessors. The old council cancelled the original plan to have the Hurontario LRT run up through the downtown of old Brampton and this new council is reconsidering the plan to end the LRT at the Gateway terminal. Bringing back to the conversation LRT service in their downtown. Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga’s mayor, has met with Premier Ford in person to plead for the Hurontario LRT. It has been reported she stood her ground and expressed Mississauga’s commitment to their side of the funding. Mayor Crombie has always been a cheerleader for this project.

 

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