City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

March 05, 2009 17:42 ET

City of Mississauga and City of Brampton's Shared Vision for the Hurontario/Main Street Corridor

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - This week, Mississauga and Brampton City Councils received the Hurontario/Main Street Study's Directions Report that defines a new vision for this important corridor, combining rapid transit with supportive land use to build a "21st Century Main Street."

"Rapid transit is about moving people, growing ridership and building connections but it impacts so much more - this study is also about city building," said City of Mississauga's Transportation and Works commissioner Martin Powell.

"This is a transformational point in time for the City and part of the greater City building exercise," said City of Mississauga's Planning and Building commissioner Ed Sajecki. "This initiative is aligned with Metrolinx and Provincial strategies and the City's thinking for the Official Plan, making it an important focus for future development and renewal."

Directions Report

"The Directions Report is an important first step in our overall study as we look at how rapid transit, land use and urban design principles can work together," said City of Mississauga project leader Matthew Williams.

The report includes ideas from public information sessions held in different areas along the corridor and defines the vision:

- provide easy, reliable, frequent, comfortable and convenient rapid transit service with effective connections to other links in the inter-regional transit network

- create a beautiful street, with attractive places along the corridor featuring expanded mobility, vibrant economic activity, and liveable, mixed-use neighbourhoods, integrated with the transportation infrastructure

- recognize and reinforce the Regional Urban System and the planned urban structure of each City, and encourage mixed-use, compact, intensified Transit Oriented Development directed along the corridor to suit the distinct nature of each existing community and be sensitive to the presence of adjacent stable neighbourhoods

"The report looks at how we can provide a fast, frequent and reliable rapid transit service for residents of both Cities, while also creating attractive places for people to live, work, and play along the corridor," said City of Brampton project leader Shawn De Jager.

The Directions Report will be circulated to stakeholders for review. Comments received will be incorporated into the ongoing study work and reported back to Council.

Study Phases

The Hurontario/Main Street Study began in May 2008 and has three phases:

- setting a corridor vision (through the Directions Report)

- assessing corridor alternatives to meet requirements of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Master Plan Review process

- detailing the final plan that recommends the nature of rapid transit with a supporting business case, land use and urban design policies, and an interim/staging plan to achieve our vision for the corridor

"This rapid transit corridor is included in Metrolinx's list of top 15 priority projects and both Mississauga and Brampton are working with Metrolinx to move forward with this exciting project," said Powell.

For more information on the Hurontario/Main Street Study contact:



City of Mississauga Project Leader
Matthew Williams
905-615-3200, ext. 5834
matthew.williams@mississauga.ca

City of Brampton Project Leader
Shawn De Jager
shawn.dejager@brampton.ca


Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

About Brampton: The 11th largest city in Canada, Brampton has a successful, well-diversified economy and is home to more than 8,000 businesses. The City continues to retain a Triple 'A' credit rating by Standard & Poor for the third consecutive year, reflecting its debt-free position, exceptional liquidity levels and excellent economy. The City's 2009 operating budget is $400.8 million and approved funding for its overall capital program stands at $700 million. Brampton celebrates its diverse population that represents people from more than 175 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak over 70 different languages. Offering more than 6,000 acres of parkland, Brampton takes pride in being the Flower City of Canada and won the 2008 International Communities in Bloom competition. It is also the first city in the GTA and one of only 10 in North America to have been designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization. For more information visit www.brampton.ca.

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