The Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) Project led by Metrolinx in partnership with the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton reached significant milestones in 2017.
Infrastructure Ontario announced the short-listed consortiums on June 6, 2017 and followed with request for proposals for the HuLRT project on August 17, 2017 to the three pre-qualified teams. 2018 will see a contract award in the spring, financial close in the fall followed by the start of major construction by the end of next year.
The City of Mississauga HuLRT Project office has continued to work closely with Metrolinx. City staff has been closely involved in the development of specific standards and requirements for the project. Preparatory work for the project to relocate communication cables and underground structures along the Hurontario LRT route began in fall 2017 in Cooksville and Mineola. Plans for major construction will be available from the successful bid team once chosen.
Mississauga Council has approved additional municipal infrastructure to be included in the procurement process to repair and upgrade municipal infrastructure during the construction of the LRT. Staff also identified and Council approved corridor enhancements for the project, important for overall city building objectives.
Metrolinx Community Connectors have been canvassing businesses and residents along the Hurontario corridor to help raise awareness of the project. This team conducts one-on-one visits for small and medium businesses at street level, an information table over lunch time for office towers and evening information session sessions for residents of high rise condos/apartment buildings. The Connectors provide information to those who work and live on the Hurontario LRT corridor with twice per year visits, supplemented with ongoing availability through phone and email for questions.
To prepare for the start of heavy construction, the Hurontario LRT team has been working with Corridor Committees – groups of stakeholders representing businesses, residents, schools and organizations along each portion of the LRT corridor. These committees will provide information to Metrolinx and the City on ways to minimize the necessary impacts that come with major construction. Further to that goal, the team is also working closely with the Region of Peel on timing and construction related to the Burnhamthorpe Water Project.
Thank you for your support of this important transit project and enjoy the holidays.