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The Hurontario LRT - Ask-a-Question

Frequently Asked Questions

 

COVID – 19

  • Why is Metrolinx moving ahead with new transit infrastructure in a time of low ridership and service? Won’t COVID-19 concerns remove the need for more transit?

    Throughout the pandemic, transit construction projects have been considered an essential service by the province therefore, construction has moved forward on all projects. We are aware that the new normal post-COVID may look very different for transit and we have begun looking very closely at all of our policies and procedures to ensure we adapt appropriately. As we move forward we know that building complete communities with good access to transit will continue to be important.

Project Scope

  • How will the project replace trees and vegetation that has been removed?

    Metrolinx and Mobilinx recognize that trees are very important and are working closely with the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton to help identify planting and compensation requirements for tree removal on both city and private property. An arborist is being engaged to ensure proper arboriculture techniques are employed prior to and during construction activities and to confirm the preservation or removal requirements for trees located on private property.

  • Will Hurontario be widened?

    Hurontario Street will be widened between Inglewood Street and the QEW in Mississauga South. Currently there are only two lanes of traffic each way south of the QEW. One lane each way will be added to maintain that configuration. Hurontario will have two lanes of traffic each way as well as turn lanes where they currently exist.

Construction

  • How will traffic be affected during the construction period?

    With any large transit project, vehicle traffic will be affected in various ways during different stages of construction but efforts will be made to minimize the impacts in the following ways: offsetting lane closures by starting with removing the medians on Hurontario Street; providing commuters with advance notification of road or lane closures enforcing safety measures to protect on-site workers and commuters on the road. To stay up to date on traffic impacts of the Hurontario LRT construction, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.metrolinx.com/peel

  • Why are you removing medians?

    Medians are removed and paved over to create usable roadway to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction when crews occupy existing roadway lanes during construction activities. This is done to minimize traffic congestion during construction and allow crews to work on one side of the roadway at a time. Track work is anticipated to start fall 2021.

Operations

  • Will traffic lanes be reduced along Hurontario once the LRT is in service?

    Two lanes of traffic plus turning lanes will be maintained along Hurontario Street, which will require adding a lane in each direction south of the Queensway. During rush hour more than 50 MiWay and Züm buses travel along the curb lanes, all but a few local buses will be replaced by the LRT.

  • What will access to residential streets look like when the HuLRT is in service?

    The Hurontario LRT will run above ground on semi-exclusive guideway (segregated centre-running LRT) with some interaction with regular traffic. Traffic will only be permitted to cross the tracks at select locations, typically major streets with signalized intersections. At minor side streets, traffic will not be permitted to cross the tracks, either turning left or going straight through. U-turns will be permitted at some locations to maintain access to all locations.

Brampton

  • If Brampton Gateway is the last stop, why is construction going past Steeles?

    The LRT track work will end at Steeles, however, the small portion of work north of Steeles is to facilitate the lane shifting and transition. Currently there are three active lanes northbound and southbound on Hurontario. The number of lanes will be reduced to two northbound and southbound when the LRT guideway is constructed.

Accessbility related

  • Will the LRT have accessible features?

    Yes, key accessibility features in all our LRT projects include:

    • Tactile guidance tiles in stations and centre platform stops
    • Enhanced intercoms that are accessible for customers who are hard of hearing (all intercoms) deaf and non-verbal (some intercoms)
    • Elevator redundancy at interchange stations
    • Audible and visual next stop announcement
    • All-door boarding on vehicles

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Sean's avatar
Nov 23, 2020 - 22:49

I am very concerned about the planned layout of Brampton Gateway Terminal. The stop was planned at first for the north side of Steeles Avenue, lined up with the bus terminal for easy access for bus transfers, with two crosswalks available for this.

As I understand, the terminal will be on the south side, because of a divisive 2014-2018 Brampton Council decision to terminate the LRT at Steeles, then to move the stop to the south side. Unlike the many open houses, these decisions were not made with public input, and in fact, a new council elected in 2018 quickly reversed directions.

But with a south side terminal, I worry about crowds of pedestrians forced to cross three lanes of Hurontario and nine lanes of Steeles Avenue, especially as a proposed underground terminal was wiped from the plans. This is a notoriously busy and dangerous intersection.

How will the safety, comfort, and convenience of thousands of daily riders transferring between LRT and Brampton Transit buses be accommodated? Will updated renderings and drawings of Brampton Gateway Terminal station be made available for review?

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Metrolinx
Nov 24, 2020 - 15:18

Thank you for your questions, Sean. We understand your concerns and want to assure you that the safety of our customers and the community is central to all of our project plans and everything we do, your feedback is appreciated. As you have noted, plans are for customers to exit the light rail train and wait for the signal to cross before walking across the intersection to the sidewalk on either the east or west side of the street. Pedestrian movement will follow the same path as we see today. We hope to have updated renderings, including the terminus stop at Brampton Gateway Terminal, available to the public in the near future.

Anonymous's avatar

The LRT would be far more effective if it extended into the centre of Brampton. Anyone who has visited European cities where grade level LRT’s are fully integrated into the cityscape will appreciate this. Let’s set aside the past divineness of former Brampton Council and do it right now for the future

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Metrolinx
Nov 25, 2020 - 17:26

Thank you for your comment. The City of Brampton has recently completed their second online engagement opportunity for an LRT extension study assessing three alignments that would potentially connect to the Brampton GO station and beyond. You can find more information on how to participate in future engagements at www.brampton.ca.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 24, 2020 - 20:03

Sorry although an amusing typo, that last comment was meant to say “divisiveness” of former Brampton Council

Daniel's avatar
Nov 25, 2020 - 19:35

I'm not sure if the design work is done yet, but I would like to provide comments in case it isn't.

As part of the rebuilt Hurontario, could you provide attractive lighting for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles? Since you're already rebuilding the street's landscape, it would be really helpful to have better lighting for its users.

Also, I strongly encourage Metrolinx to design the stations with nice colours, materials, and shapes. It would be really good for Mississauga if the stations had some sort of an identity, like Viva's BRT stations in York Region.

Thanks for considering my comments!

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Metrolinx
Nov 26, 2020 - 16:15

Thank you for your question and your interest, Daniel. Design development for the Hurontario LRT project is ongoing. We continue to work with the cities of Mississauga and Brampton on our goal to build a complete street – for transit users, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. As you mention, lighting is definitely part of that equation. Safety and design excellence are our priorities as we work with our partners to finalize the design of the Hurontario LRT project.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 27, 2020 - 23:43

Are there any drawings of the streetscape north of Eaglewood Blvd. where the LRT tracks will cross the southbound lanes of Hurontario St? I live in the area and would like to know how this cross over is going to look and function.

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Metrolinx
Dec 2, 2020 - 09:31

Good afternoon and thank you for the question. The Hurontario LRT will shift to the west side of the street between Mineola Road and Eaglewood Drive. The original design is publically available for review at Metrolinx.com/hurontariolrt, specifically in Hurontario LRT Rollout Map 1. Once in operation, the transition will be carefully timed using transit signal priority, there will also be a stop sign prior to the track shifting to ensure the safety of all vehicular traffic.

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Metrolinx
Nov 30, 2020 - 10:33

The Hurontario LRT will feature 18 at grade stops and one station at Port Credit GO. There will be heating within the designated waiting area at Port Credit.

Anonymous's avatar

By putting that LRT station underground at the Gateway Terminal would make it safer and easier to transfer to the bus and the LRT station’ or at least put the station north of Steeles on the surface next to the bus terminal to make for faster and easy transfer between the LRT and bus terminal.

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Metrolinx
Nov 30, 2020 - 10:37

An underground station at the Brampton Gateway Terminal stop was never part of the Hurontario LRT project scope. Plans are for customers to exit the light rail train and wait for the signal to cross before walking across the intersection to the sidewalk on either the east or west side of the street. 

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Metrolinx
Nov 30, 2020 - 10:40

Thank you for your interest and for your question. Metrolinx will continue working to add more transit infrastructure and more services for Peel Region. You can find a list of exciting projects and future plans for Peel here: www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/regions/peel. and more information about the planned Eglinton Crosstown West Extension here: www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/eglinton-crosstown-west.

Kevin's avatar
Dec 1, 2020 - 10:08

Is there any provision to run two-car trains and/or increase the number of segments within each vehicle from 4 to 5?

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Metrolinx
Dec 3, 2020 - 10:28

Hi Kevin, thank you for the question. Vehicles can be coupled together, extending the length of a vehicle to meet an increase in ridership. Once built, the compartments are permanently connected and the configuration of the LRV cannot be reduced.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 3, 2020 - 11:57

Will Moblinx, Metrolinx, the City of Mississauga or any governing institution that oversees development and analysis be conducting research and analysis of specifically pedestrian data and nodal networks that help connect pedestrians to bus stops or the featured LRT. Data and info could include wait times, travel time, pedestrian traffic volume, etc.

If the data analysis is there then, would it be made public to for people to access and observe in order to make their own judgements. Having this data made available for everybody can help us observe occurrences that may have been missed by officials or issues that intersect income, class, race and others.

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Metrolinx
Dec 3, 2020 - 18:19

 

Metrolinx and the cities of Mississauga and Brampton completed environmental assessments in 2014 for the Hurontario LRT project. The Environmental Project Report includes information on planning, design, the consultation process, environmental impacts, transportation and more. Please check out the Project Document section (scroll down to the bottom) of our website at http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/hurontario-lrt.aspx. 

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 3, 2020 - 13:54

How will the Hurontario LRT differ from the streetcars along Lakeshore in terms of pedestrian accessibility and safety? Will it be necessary to cross traffic lanes in order to gain access?

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Metrolinx
Dec 4, 2020 - 12:25

Thank you for the question. Metrolinx has made a universal design committment to ensure all of our services, infrastructure and operations are accessible, safe and convenient to all customers and to staff. You can learn more about Metrolinx and accessibility, here. At LRT stops, customers will wait for a signal to cross before walking across the intersection to the sidewalk on the east or west side of the street. Pedestrian movement will follow municipal traffic signals, as it does today.

Anonymous's avatar

How many jobs will be created there full-time.

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Metrolinx
Dec 7, 2020 - 08:37

The Operations, Maintenance Storage Facility (OMSF) for the Hurontario LRT project is located in Brampton close to Hwy 407 and Hurontario Street. The OMSF will be a 10,634 m2 (square metre) building spanning across 84,386 m2 (square metre) of land for future expansion options. We do not have projected employment numbers for OMSF at this point. Our contractor estimates that over 800 jobs will be created during the peak of construction and approximately 300 jobs once the LRT is in service.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 5, 2020 - 12:05

With the decision to build the Brampton Gateway Terminal on the south side of Steeles and have the users cross Steeles Avenue to access the bus terminal (and vice versa) please provide me (and post with link) with detailed traffic studies that show the impact on both vehicle and pedestrians at this intersection. Please also provide me (with a link) with detailed safety studies anticipated at this intersection after the LRT is in operation.

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Metrolinx
Dec 8, 2020 - 08:37

Thank you for your interest and for your question. As mentioned above, safety for our customers and community is central to all of our project plans. Due dilligence completed for the Hurontario LRT included safety as a component for the entire LRT, including all stops. Our collision analysis report presents a closer look at the major intersections along the Hurontario corridor, it is available under Supporting Reports for the EPR, here: http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/hurontario-lrt.aspx. The findings from the report fed into the Environmental Project Report that Metrolinx, along with the cities of Brampton and Mississauga completed in 2014

Chris's avatar
Dec 7, 2020 - 19:48

Pour les stations de train léger et dans le tram, y aura-t-il affichages bilingue? L'annonce sera en français et en anglais?

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Metrolinx
Dec 10, 2020 - 14:08

Nous vous remercions de votre demande. Metrolinx et ses divisions (GO Transit, UP Express, PRESTO) offrent actuellement ce qui suit : Transit, UP Express, PRESTO) offrent actuellement ce qui suit :

- Des horaires de train et d’autobus papier bilingues

- Des renseignements bilingues sur les tarifs, les actualités, les bulletins, etc. qui sont facilement accessibles sur les sites Web de Metrolinx et de ses divisions

- De la signalisation dynamique bilingue dans nos gares et stations

De plus, le TLR de Hurontario diffusera des annonces préenregistrées et textuelles en anglais et en français pendant l'exploitation du service.

Thank you for your inquiry. Metrolinx and its divisions (GO Transit, UP Express, PRESTO) currently provide:

- Bilingual printed train and bus schedules.

- Easily accessible bilingual information such as fares, news, bulletins, etc., via Metrolinx and its divisions' websites.

- Bilingual dynamic signage at our stations and terminals.

In addition, the Hurontario LRT will broadcast pre-recorded and text announcements in both English and French when in service.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 10, 2020 - 19:18

Just have a question about busses on Hurontario when the LRT is built. How many busses will be removed from service once the LRT is completed. As I was driving by Hurontario and Derry Rd I noticed 4 busses going north bound. Since you are removing a lane each way, there should be a reduced bus load on the remaining lanes to facilitate better auto traffic flow.
Let me know at your convenience.
Thanks,
Les
15 Inverary Dr (Hurontario & County Court)
Brampton ON
[email protected]

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 09:01

Hi Les, during a regular rush hour on Hurontario Street, there are approximately 40-50 buses occupying the curb lane and making regular stops. Express bus service will be discontinued once the LRT is operational, freeing up lanes for vehicular traffic. Less frequent local bus service will continue in order to provide service inbetween LRT stops. The LRT will operate in a segregated guideway, separated from vehicular traffic, with Transit Signal Priority through signalized intersections. (These numbers are based on information prior to the pandemic.)

Anonymous's avatar

I think construction crews working on the HuLRT should, at least to some extent, reflect Peel demographics, but I only see while middle-age men on your videos! Where can I find the precise information on employment?

Please see:

https://marcopolis.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/PNSG-Report-on-Peel-Ne...

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Metrolinx
Dec 16, 2020 - 10:01

The Hurontario LRT is being constructed by Mobilinx through a Public Private Partnership with Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario. Mobilinx is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting career opportunities throughout Peel Region and the GTHA. While the construction crew is just one part of the larger picture to bring the Hurontario Light Rail Transit system to Mississauga and Brampton, Mobilinx also employs a culturally diverse workforce that works tirelessly behind the scenes to bring project to life. They recognize that people are their number one asset, and that a project of this magnitude is as dynamic as the talent they seek. Mobilinx works directly with the Peel Community Benefits Network, and trade unions to offer local employment opportunities. Beyond the workforce they also source local supplies, services and equipment when possible, to re-invest into the local economy. If you live in Peel and are interested in learning more about procurement or career opportunities please visit mobilinx.ca/opportunities, or email [email protected]

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 14, 2020 - 10:42

This is a great project. I would like to see more renderings made available however. Renderings help people visualize and appreciate the significance of this massive project. Please consider releasing renderings of each station, and also of significant infrastructure such as the QEW bridge, the 403 bridge, the MSF, and Port Credit GO.

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Metrolinx
Dec 15, 2020 - 08:29

Thank you for your support. More renderings will be made available as design progresses, we have noted your requests for specific areas of interest. 

Anonymous's avatar

Please consider “promoting” the project a little bit more! There is plenty of construction happening along Hurontario, but no signage of why it’s happening. Installing lots of “Hurontario LRT, coming 2024” signs (or something along those lines) will help to promote the project, get people excited, and help explain why construction is occurring.

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Metrolinx
Dec 15, 2020 - 08:39

We appreciate your interest! You will definitely start to see some more promotional signage along the corridor as we move into major construction next year. Please follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @HurontarioLRT) to see some of the examples "in the wild" and to help us spread the word to your networks. 

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 15, 2020 - 07:20

The outside of the Eglinton Crosstown trains is very bland and dull - grey and black is not exciting at all. At least the Waterloo trains have a flash of blue, but they're not that exciting...

Can you ensure that Mississauga gets nicer looking trains - either the blue of Mississauga or the orange of MiWay buses could work! Let's have some exciting colour down Hurontario - we want to inspire people to work, live and play here - not send them to sleep!

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Metrolinx
Dec 20, 2020 - 16:09

Thank you for your interest. We've passed your comments along to our partners at the City of Mississauga and the City of Brampton, together they will develop foundational elements like the name and branding of the Hurontario LRT.   

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