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Ford confirms McCallion line expansion plans

DCN-JOC News Services
Ford confirms McCallion line expansion plans
COURTESY METROLINX — The Hurontario LRT will be renamed the Hazel McCallion Line and is an 18-kilometre north-south connection between Port Credit and Brampton.

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has confirmed the government’s plan to extend the Hazel McCallion Light Rail Transit line by building the Mississauga loop and bringing the line into downtown Brampton.

Ford also confirmed the Ontario government’s support to upgrade GO train service along the Milton line with all-day service and urged the federal government to be a full funding partner.

The premier made the announcements in an address to the Mississauga Board of Trade on Feb. 8.

The LRT will include a four-kilometre extension of the line into downtown Brampton via Main Street from the Brampton Gateway Terminal and a two-kilometre extension with a loop in Mississauga. The loop will connect LRT service to Square One with additional stops through to Confederation Parkway.

The LRT will replace the existing bus service, travelling in a right-of-way with signal priority at intersections.

“Our government is investing more than $70 billion over the next decade to lead the largest expansion of public transit in North America, including across Peel and Milton regions,” said Ford. “Alongside Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, our government has a plan to move Peel and Milton regions’ people and economy forward.”

Ontario is also planning to reinstate train trips on the Milton corridor, improve stations including installation of a pedestrian bridge at Milton GO station, and advance the planning and design work to support all-day service.

Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria commented, “We urge the federal government to share in the cost of this critical project in Milton to meet the growing needs of this region.”

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