You wait at a green light, foot on your brake because there is no room to cross the intersection. Cars are mounting one next to the other, and you try to estimate what time you will finally get home to get some well deserved rest. Traffic jams are just the worst, aren’t they?
As the city of Mississauga keeps growing and evolving, so does road congestion. You have surely been stuck in traffic down Hurontario around rush hour, as it is one of the busiest streets used by most city dwellers. Thankfully, something is being done about it!
Introducing the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which will bring 23 km of fast and reliable transportation to Mississauga and Brampton along Hwy 10 (Hurontario St) from the Steeles Gateway Terminal all the way to Port Credit GO! The idea is to have brand new and high tech rail vehicles, which will travel along a specially built right-of-way railway, serving 26 stops with GO transit, ZUM, MiWay and other connections. It is expected to run Monday –Saturday, from 5am to 1:30 am, and Sunday, 7am to 12am.
Funded through a $1.4 billion commitment from the province, the LRT project is scheduled to launch construction in 2018 and complete it by 2022, as stated by Metrolinx.
This video shows off the project.
Here is why this is great news for YOU! Firstly, traffic congestions should decrease as more people are being moved faster than ever, without getting in the way of cars and slowing down traffic. Like the subway, the LRT can move at up to 80 km/h, though actual speed will depend on stop spacing and time spent at stops. Traffic will not slow down the LRT as it will have its own segregated right of way, except at intersections where the rails will be flush with the road, as stated by Metrolinx. The LRT will carry over 14,000 people in both directions every hour. With a number of seating and standing layouts available, it will be a smoother, faster ride that accommodates more wheelchairs, strollers and bicycles in comparison to buses.
Therefore, there will be fewer buses on the road, which are known to slow down traffic with their frequent stops. Secondly, the project focuses on adding and improving pedestrian walkways and cycling lanes, which will be highly sought out by people with or without cars! This is going to enhance property values of homes near the LRT.
With improved transportation, tenants who are also less likely to own a car, will be more interested in the area. The currently ongoing extension of Sheridan college will bring an estimated 3,200 new students who will want to benefit from the easier, faster and more reliable transportation that brings them directly to their campus. These factors suggest an increased demand, which makes properties easier to sell and to rent out for a higher price. This, in turn, will attract the eye of investors, further raising property values! Busier streets allow for creating mixed use live-and-work properties, where the first floor of a house is utilized for commercial use and the second floor is residential, as one can already see in the Hurontario and Dundas area.
As stated in the Toronto Star, “Mississauga's LRT will do for the city what the subway did for Toronto, creating a much denser, tightly knit place”.
September 27th, 2016
Team Riaz Ghani