The Big Move - Next Wave Projects

Aug. 18, 2016

Next Wave Projects

The Next Wave of regional rapid transit projects represents the next set of regional rapid transit projects to be advanced - These projects would result in an estimated $110 billion to $130 billion in growth to Ontario’s GDP, creating approximately 800,000 person years of construction and long term employment - Funding is needed to deliver the projects that generate these benefits - Together, the Next Wave projects would strengthen the regional network, further connecting various parts of the region

Aug. 18, 2016

A light rail transit line from McMaster University to Eastgate Mall

The Hamilton LRT project is part of a long-term vision to connect key origins and destinations across Hamilton - The project will help revitalize Hamilton’s downtown core and improve public transit options in the city

The 14-kilometre LRT line will extend from McMaster University in the west to Eastgate Square in the east - The corridor will run along Main Street and King Street, on a combination of shared and exclusive at-grade track - Today, bus service operates in mixed traffic along the route

The project is currently in the planning phase, with an EA approved in December 2011 - Significant planning, design, and engineering work, made possible through Metrolinx Quick Wins funding, was undertaken collaboratively by the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx and resulted in the “Rapid Ready” report completed in February 2013

The current cost estimate is approximately $1 billion for construction and implementation, and will be updated as engineering work continues

-        Metrolinx - The Big Move - Next Wave Projects

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Aug. 18, 2016

Bus rapid transit along Dundas Street in Halton Region, Peel Region and Toronto

Dundas Street is a major east-west corridor in the GTHA, linking Toronto, Mississauga, and Halton Region - The proposed rapid transit route will play an important role in the movement of people and goods throughout the region and will provide residents an alternative to automobile travel - This project is intended to link with new development in Halton Region north of Dundas Street and to transform the street into an attractive corridor for pedestrians and cyclists

The proposed rapid transit line would run approximately 40 kilometres along Dundas Street from Brant Street in Burlington to Kipling Station in Toronto and will provide important connections to the Mississauga City Centre, the University of Toronto at Mississauga campus and the Oakville Uptown Core at Trafalgar Road

The Dundas Street BRT is currently in the planning phase - Within Halton Region, Class Environmental Assessment (EA) studies are underway for Dundas Street from Brant Street to Trafalgar Road, including widening the road, improving intersections, and implementing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes - The HOV lanes can be used by both buses and carpoolers, and will promote transit usage while optimizing the use of the road - As demand for public transit grows, the HOV lanes can be converted to dedicated BRT lanes

In 2008 the Province committed $57.6 million for the first phase, to improve bus services in the western portion of the Dundas corridor in Halton Region - The full BRT project does not have committed funding

-        Metrolinx - The Big Move - Next Wave Projects

Aug. 18, 2016

A light rail transit line along Hurontario and Main Streets

The Hurontario-Main LRT is intended to provide a catalyst for economic and residential development along these corridors through Mississauga and Brampton. When the cities developed a plan for the corridor, LRT was identified as the best technical transit option to support the vision for a vibrant, modern street, which was supported by the technical results of the Metrolinx Benefits Case Analysis in 2010 - Today, Brampton Züm and Mississauga MiExpress bus services operate along the route - The LRT service will move more people, faster, through these corridors than the existing bus services.

The Hurontario-Main LRT project is currently in the planning phase - In March 2010, the cities of Mississauga and Brampton completed a master plan, which is now informing the EA phase of the project, currently underway - This work will help determine the ultimate design and cost of building the LRT - In the coming months, the cities will be undertaking further public and stakeholder consultations through the Environmental Assessment process

The Hurontario-Main LRT project is an unfunded project. The project is estimated to cost approximately $1.6 billion

While this project does not have committed funding, some progress on this corridor has been made - The mixed-traffic bus service in the corridor was recently improved with the addition of Züm and MiExpress service – However; as Mississauga and Brampton continue to grow, it is anticipated that the existing bus services will not have adequate capacity to accommodate increased numbers of passengers, and higher-order transit will be required to serve the cities’ residents

-        Metrolinx - The Big Move - Next Wave Projects

Aug. 17, 2016

Rapid transit service along Queen Street from downtown Brampton to York University

Brampton Queen Street Rapid Transit will be an enhanced dedicated-lane rapid transit service from Downtown Brampton to Airport Road, with potential to extend to York University and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Upgrading to a dedicated lane is a key component of Brampton’s long-term vision for the city, and will build on work already implemented by Züm

Operated by Brampton Transit, the current Züm service began service along Queen Street in September 2010 and connects Downtown Brampton to the transit hub at York University, operating as “BRT Light” service – higher-speed, higher-quality bus service operating in mixed traffic - This current service also travels to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, which is the future terminus of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.

The currently operated service was funded by the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments, each contributing $95 million to the project for a total project cost of $285 million - After the completion of the Züm Queen project, remaining funds were allocated to introduce Züm service to other transit corridors in Brampton, including the Main Street/Hurontario Street service initiated in 2011

Brampton’s current service on Queen Street is an excellent example of how the region has made progress on one of the top priority projects in The Big Move - Although dedicated transit lanes do not yet exist in this corridor, BRT Light is still considerably faster than regular bus service and is an important improvement to the regional transit network

Funding to upgrade to a dedicated lane, for either BRT or LRT service, has not been committed at this time

-        Metrolinx - The Big Move - Next Wave Projects