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Mississauga, Brampton light-rail transit plan wins honours

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has awarded top honours to planners from the cities of Mississauga and Brampton for the Hurontario / Main Street Corridor Master Plan. CIP presented the award at the organization’s annual conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Monday, July 11, in the category of transportation and infrastructure.

A team from both cities developed the master plan to create a more people-friendly street. The plan proposes a light rail transit line with as many as 32 stations along a 20-kilometre route, stretching from Port Credit, to downtown Mississauga and into downtown Brampton. As the cornerstone of the plan, the LRT would reduce travel times and improve connections to GO Transit and the Mississauga busway, a bus rapid transit line that Mississauga is now building.

Metrolinx has ranked the $1.3 billion LRT project as one of its top priorities for funding transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Mississauga and Brampton transit, land-use and urban-design planners consulted extensively with residents and businesses from the communities along the corridor. The plan also includes opportunities for developing more residential and commercial buildings and creating jobs.