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Welcome to the Brampton
LRT Virtual Open House

How to navigate this Virtual Open House

The City of Brampton is working hard to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. To help protect the health and safety of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, this open house is being held using a virtual format.
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Scroll down to review the virtual open house materials and click on the images to enlarge. You will see yellow boxes throughout where the project team would like to get your feedback. When you click them you will be prompted to provide your input to help inform the project. The commenting period for this Open House will be open from June 22, 2020 to July 21, 2020. Comments can also be emailed to compton.bobb@brampton.ca or call Tel 905-874-2581 and leave a voice mail.

Introduction

About the Project

Extending the planned Hurontario LRT from the Brampton Gateway Terminal at Steeles Avenue to the Brampton GO station is a key transit priority and city-building project for the City of Brampton.

Much more than a way to get from A to B, this LRT project will play an important role in the long-term rapid transit network in Brampton and is essential for supporting the sustainable growth and evolution of the Downtown Core and Central Area.

The Study involves evaluating alternative LRT routes along Main Street. In May 2019, the LRT Extension Study was updated to consider three options:

  • A tunnel – from Nanwood Drive to the Brampton GO Station
  • The 2014 Hurontario-Main LRT approved surface route
  • A Main-George Street one-way surface loop

These options will be evaluated for their potential to best address Brampton’s current and future needs. This process is now underway.

What is an option?

An option is the combination of LRT route and street cross-sections to be considered for the Brampton LRT Extension.

Study Area:

Map of project area

Study Process

The evaluation of alternative LRT routes is a multi-level process that will occur over the course of the study.

The flow chart below is an overview of the study process. Through the three-level process, the long list of LRT options will be evaluated and narrowed down to a short list. The short list will be evaluated and presented to City Council. City Council will select a preferred option which will be taken through the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), if necessary.

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The City has identified an initial long list of LRT options and is recommending that a number of options be carried forward for further analysis. The purpose of this online public open house is to present the evaluation of the long list LRT options and receive feedback from the public on the resulting short list.

All comments and input will be considered. A report on what was heard through this online public open house will be published and placed on the project website.

What is the Long List of Options?

The long list of options are all the possible ways to extend the LRT from the Brampton Gateway Terminal at Steeles Avenue to the Brampton GO Station. The long list is evaluated using high-level criteria to select a short list for further analysis.

What is the Short List of Options?

The short list of options are the remaining combination of LRT alignment and roadway cross-sections that will be considered for further analysis in the next phase of the study. The remaining short list of options will be evaluated using the Metrolinx Business Case Framework.

Policy Direction

The following policy documents were reviewed and considered to guide the planning of the Brampton LRT Extension Study:

Municipal Policy
  • Official Plan
  • Transportation Master Plan Update
  • Brampton 2040 Vision
Regional Policy
  • Regional Official Plan
  • Long Range Transportation Plan
  • Healthy Development Assessment
  • Sustainable Transportation Strategy
  • Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan
  • Goods Movement Strategic Plan
  • Regional Road Characterization Study
  • Freight Travel Demand Management (TDM) Study
Provincial Policy
  • Provincial Policy Statement
  • A Place to Grow, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Metrolinx 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

*The above is not an exhaustive list of all policy documents reviewed and represents a highlight of relevant policies.

TPAP Environmental and Technical Studies

An important part of the study is assessing the potential impacts to the environment. The Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) is a Provincial environmental assessment process developed specifically for the approval of public transit projects. Proponents must complete the prescribed steps of the process within specified time frames. The following environmental components will be considered as part of the TPAP:
  • cultural heritage and archaeology
  • natural heritage (aquatic and terrestrial)
  • contamination
  • hydrogeology
  • air quality
  • noise and vibration
The outcome of these technical studies will be shared with the public at subsequent open houses.

Evaluation


Vision and Goals


Vision Statement

The LRT Extension will contribute to a safer and more integrated transportation system to serve the City of Brampton, encouraging civic sustainability, emphasizing transit use and other modes of transportation over traditional automobiles, and supporting the revitalization of Downtown Brampton into an aesthetically beautiful, place-making destination. The vision for the LRT Extension reflects the transportation vision and actions set out in the Brampton 2040 Vision (2018).

Goals

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Strong Connections

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Complete Travel Experiences

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Sustainable and Healthy Communities

Metrolinx Business Case Framework

The long list has been evaluated using the Metrolinx Business Case Framework. Business cases are the high level evaluation categories used by Metrolinx to determine if a transit project is viable for funding. The following is a description of each Metrolinx business case:

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How does the investment achieve strategic goals and objectives?
Establishes ‘why’ an investment should be pursued from a strategic lens.

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What is the investment's overall value to society?
Establishes ‘what the benefit to society’ is in economic terms.

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What are the financial implications of delivering the investment?
Establishes ‘how much the investment will cost’ in financial terms.

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What risks and requirements must be considered for delivering and operating the investment?
Establishes ‘what is required to deliver and operate’ the investment.

Draft Long List Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is to identify at least one surface, loop, and underground option to carry forward to the short list.

The draft criteria will be used to evaluate the long list options. The criteria considers all aspects of the environment and aligns with the typical criteria used by the City of Brampton and Metrolinx. Each criteria will be evaluated based on a set of indicators. This evaluation will form the basis of the recommendations for the project.

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  • Improve access to transit
  • Increase access to economic opportunities
  • Support city-building objectives
  • Improve travel time
  • Improve comfort and safety
  • Building an integrated transportation network
  • Move people with less energy and pollution
  • Improve quality of life and public health
  • Reduce impacts to natural and cultural environment
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  • Overall economic benefits to Brampton
  • Supporting and strengthening existing business and industry
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  • High level capital cost
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  • Engineering feasibility
  • Construction impacts on mobility, existing transit services, traffic, access, and emergency services
  • Property impacts
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What do you think of these criteria?

Corridor Segmentation


Select the tabs below to learn more about each Corridor Segment.

Study Corridor

The study corridor’s characteristics are unique and dynamic. In order to better preserve and accommodate the existing conditions of Main Street, the study corridor was divided into segments. Each segment will have its own set of options.

Corridor overview map

Long List Options


There are three families of options: Surface, Loop, and Underground.

The purpose of the evaluation is to identify at least one surface, loop, and underground option to carry forward to the short list.

Surface Options

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Surface: Segment A

No options were evaluated for Segment A as there is only one cross-section option.

Surface: Segment A cross sections

All boulevard configurations shown are subject to change based on the next phase of the project. Cycling facilities will be considered for all segments.

Loop Options

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Loop: Segment C

Cross-Section

LRT in Single Dedicated Track Loop: Segment C cross section

Note:

LRT in curbside mixed traffic lanes on Nelson, George, and Wellington St.

Alignment 1

South of CN Rail Loop Loop: Segment C Alignments

Note:

LRT in curbside mixed traffic lanes on Nelson, George, and Wellington St.

Alignment 2

South of CN Rail Loop Loop: Segment C Alignments

All boulevard configurations shown are subject to change based on the next phase of the project. Cycling facilities will be considered for all segments.

Underground Options

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Underground: Segments B & C
Segment B Cross-Section Underground: Segment B cross section

Note:

The LRT runs at the surface in Segment A and underground in Segment B and C.

Segment C Cross-Section Underground: Segment C cross section

All boulevard configurations shown are subject to change based on the next phase of the project. Cycling facilities will be considered for all segments.

Short List Options


The purpose of the evaluation is to identify at least one surface, loop, and underground option to carry forward to the short list.

Based on the evaluation of the long list, the following are the short list options to be carried forward for further analysis.

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Short List Surface Options

All boulevard configurations shown are subject to change based on the next phase of the project. Cycling facilities will be considered for all segments.

We want your input!

Potential Stations


The maps below represent the area within 500m (5 minute) walk of the potential station locations. The number of stations and the location of stations are subject to change based on further design.

Surface/Loop Options

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Potential Surface/Loop Options

Which potential station locations for the surface/loop options do you prefer?

Underground Options

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Potential Underground Options

Which potential station locations for the underground option do you prefer?

Next Steps


Thank you for attending the Brampton LRT Extension Virtual Open House!

Following this virtual open house, the project team will move into the next phase of the study which includes:

  • Reviewing public feedback and confirming the recommended short list
  • Preparing more detailed designs for each short listed option
  • Evaluating the short list and preparing a preliminary design business case (PDBC) to ultimately select a preferred option
  • Presenting the evaluation of short list at the next public open house

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