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Dundas BRT

Dundas Bus Rapid Transit

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April 19 – 30, 2021 | Public Engagement

Learn more about the project:

  • Dundas BRT in your community
  • What is important to you about this project
  • Factors you consider important for assessing the pinch points (constrained areas)

Project Overview

The purpose of the Dundas BRT project is to evaluate the proposed transit corridor along a 48 kilometre stretch of Dundas Street from Highway 6 in the City of Hamilton through to the Kipling Transit Hub in the City of Toronto, linking Etobicoke and Mississauga City Centres. More than 20 kilometres, of the 48 kilometre BRT, will operate in bus lanes or in a dedicated right-of-way, separate from other traffic, allowing faster and more reliable transit connections.

 

 

Previous municipal planning studies and the Metrolinx Initial Business Case (IBC) confirmed the need for improved bus transit infrastructure along Dundas Street. Metrolinx is now advancing plans for the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.

 

 

Why is Dundas BRT needed?

Typically, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area welcomes about 110,00 new residents every year and is anticipated to hit a population of over 10 million people by 2041. Growth in our communities means that a reliable transportation system is needed to support the convenient and reliable movement of people as they travel from their homes for work and recreation.

Read more about the Dundas BRT Project Benefits.

Initial Business Case Findings

In September 2020, Metrolinx completed and published an Initial Business Case (IBC) to assess the need for the Dundas BRT. The document provides an evidence-based assessment of the case for investment in the new rapid transit corridor. The IBC provides the information necessary for decision-makers, stakeholders and the public as an important part of the transparent and evidenced-based decision-making process.

This document includes:

  • A confirmation of the problem and/ or opportunity and identifies a set of investments that could address them
  • Provides a high-level range of varying investments that could be implemented
  • Gives insights and recommendations for future work

The IBC evaluated the early-stage feasibility of the Dundas BRT by examining the strategic, economic, financial and deliverability and operations cases. The IBC found that the BRT could:

Roadway construction with a PULSE bus visible in the background.
Roadway construction with a PULSE bus visible in the background.

How will previous work be considered?

Previous work studying the Dundas Corridor will be incorporated into this project. The Initial Business Case is foundational since it defines the preferred Bus Rapid Transit strategy and will guide the preliminary designs to address identified challenges (pinch points) along the route.

The Dundas Connects Master Plan, completed and endorsed by Mississauga City Council in 2018, identified the following, which will be further explored as part of the current work:

  • The type of transit suitable for the corridor
  • Opportunities for enhanced connectivity along the corridor
  • Streetscape design and active transportation facilities
  • Initial design solutions to constrained sections of the corridor

Service Options Analyzed in The Initial Business Case

The Dundas BRT Initial Business Case considered the following three service options. All the options perform well and show a robust case for investment, demonstrating the benefits of service integration on the Dundas corridor to support BRT infrastructure investment.

Timelines & Process

This graphic shows the project process and demonstrates where public engagement will take place. Engagement is strategically aligned with key project milestones to allow the project team to validate their technical studies and inform the development of future work. The timeline also accounts for the completion of mandated environmental studies.

Image demonstrating project planning processes timeline for Transit Project Assessment Process and Preliminary Design Business Case. Timeline starts at end of 2020 and carries through 2021 to beginning of 2022. 2020 timeline starts with Phase 1: Project Launch and initiation of preliminary environmental studies. 2021 timeline starts with Public Engagement Round One then goes into Phase 2: Preferred Design. Environmental Studies and Public Engagement Round 2 are completed between Phase 2: Preferred Design and Phase 3: Notice of Commencement for TPAP and Draft Environmental Project Report. Public Engagement Round 3 and TPAP Consultation and Documentation are completed before Phase 4: Notice of Completion. Phase 4: Notice of Completion is followed by 30-Day Public Review, 35-Day Minister’s Review and Statement of Completion. This is at the end of 2021 timeline. 2022 timeline starts with Phase 5: Preliminary Design Business Case.

Get Engaged

Round 1 (April 19-30, 2021) | Public Information Centre – Full Presentation

Background Information
Project Process
Preliminary Designs
Transit Project assessment Process
Preliminary design business case

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