Metrolinx scraps portion of Hurontario LRT in effort to cut costs

The province’s transit agency is scaling back plans for a major transit line linking Brampton and Mississauga in order to cut costs.

In a statement released Thursday morning, Phil Verster, the chief executive officer of Metrolinx, announced changes to the Hurontario LRT that he said were intended “to offer riders a more convenient route and alleviate potential budget pressures.”

The changes include removing the proposed loop around Mississauga city centre, and eliminating three stops. That would shorten the LRT by about two kilometres and leave it with 19 stops.

A proposed pedestrian bridge at the Cooksville stop will be deferred in the hopes a private developer will pick up the cost in the future, Verster said, and streetscaping along the LRT route will also be scaled back.

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