Ontario Construction News staff writer
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected Stantec to provide technical advisory services for the $4.6 billion Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to connect Mississauga and Brampton.
The Hurontario LRT will run 18 kilometres of service from the Port Credit GO regional rail station near Lake Ontario to the Brampton Gateway Terminal, and include 19 stops along the way. The project also encompasses an operations, maintenance, and storage facility located at Highway 407.
As lead technical advisor, Stantec will provide design, construction, and commissioning oversight services to ensure the successful delivery of the project from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting, Stantec says in a statement. Design review services on this project have already commenced and are proceeding under Ontario’s definition of allowable construction projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hurontario LRT project is one of the largest transit projects undertaken by Metrolinx in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and one of a series of major transportation investments being led by Metrolinx and IO to improve transit within the province. The new LRT service will run electric trains along Hurontario Street in a dedicated guideway and will also provide an anchor for high density development along the corridor for both cities.
“We’re seeing increasing investment in transit projects in Ontario and in other North American markets,” said Gregg Cooke, vice-president and regional business leader, transportation at Stantec. “Governments are looking to provide smart and efficient mobility systems to better move growing urban populations, while reducing congestion and travel times. The Hurontario LRT will provide a sustainable transportation solution and economic opportunity to the citizens of Mississauga and Brampton for decades to come.”
Stantec says it is engaging various specialists within transportation engineering, civil engineering, environmental, rail systems, building engineering, urban planning and architecture from multiple offices in Ontario, supported by additional expertise from across North America. Stantec will also be supported locally by HDR.
Metrolinx and IO are delivering the Hurontario LRT through a public-private partnership (P3) contract. After completion, the LRT line will be operated and maintained by the Mobilinx Consortium but will remain publicly owned by Metrolinx. Project construction is expected to be completed in 2024.