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The Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project

The Hurontario LRT - Environmental

From construction to operation, Metrolinx is using environmentally sustainable best practices during all stages of the project. Using an Environmental Management System (EMS), officials track every issue that pops up during construction to ensure consistent management and follow up.

As part of a Sustainability Strategy, team members are working to ensure the route is climate resilient, that we reduce energy use and emissions wherever possible and that we minimize the impact on local ecosystems. Constructions crews are working to do their part to minimize idling by turning off equipment when not in use and keeping equipment properly maintained.

The vehicle for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) project, the Alstom Citadis Sprit, is electric powered, emitting near zero emissions, which in turn will further reduce air pollution.

Metrolinx is dedicated to protecting wildlife and species at risk (SAR) at project sites. Contractors have been instructed to look for any potential wildlife and wildlife habitat at work sites, especially during the migratory bird period that takes place between April 15 and August 1. If wildlife, or SAR, are observed on site, crews must stop work so an ecologist can better assess the situation. In such cases, crews cannot resume working until the ecologist says it is safe to do so.

These are just a few of the actions that have been taken to manage the environmental impact of the HuLRT Project. To read the full Environmental Project Report, visit our HuLRT project page : www.metrolinx.com/HurontarioLRT

Following the Metrolinx Sustainability Plan, contractors are required to become more climate resilient by minimizing the impact on our natural ecosystems. By reducing waste and managing soil onsite effectively, we can build responsibly and do our part to protect the natural environment and its resources. To ensure accuracy, the Lead Soils Engineers collect data and track the amount of soil and excavated materials that are exported and imported for the project. This process helps us make reasonable projections for future materials required. By sorting soil and other excavated materials from one project to another, we reduce the amount of materials being diverted to landfills each year.

Statistics highlighting soil and materials import and re-use throughout HuLRT project

Some tree removal is necessary along the corridor to make room for the LRT infrastructure, including tracks and stations. Before removal, trees are inspected by a biologist to ensure that any nesting birds are not disturbed. In addition, a full arborist report is finalized to understand everything about the number and types of trees being removed.

Medians

Trees were removed along with the medians from the centre of the roadway in Mississauga between Matthews Gate and Burnhamthorpe and in Brampton between the Mississauga Boundary and Bartley Bull Parkway.

Boulevard

With the necessary relocation of utilities, trees along the side of Hurontario Street will be either protected, removed, and/or trimmed in Mississauga. Trees are also expected be removed in advance of Mississauga South roadworks early next year. An arborist report is currently being finalized with input from the City of Mississauga.

Replacement

Tree replacement will be addressed in the Final Design Landscaping Drawing Package in consultation with the Cities of Mississauga, Brampton and the Region of Peel.

Trees located within the median along the Hurontario Street corridor