Brampton, March 11 (CINEWS): Recently it was reported that Brampton City councillors were mulling over the possibility of running an LRT tunnel under Main Street. This week councillors have opposed the idea and instead are keen on studying two alternative route options.
As things now stand, there is no clear mass transit plan that will be put on the table anytime soon. City Councillors were bitterly divided over the Hurontario-Main LRT routing that would have connected Mississauga’s Lakeshore into the downtown Brampton GO station.
Brampton council voted 6-5 to reject the proposed route north of Steeles Ave.
In a subsequent vote, seven council members, including Mayor Linda Jeffrey in an apparent miscalculation, voted to take the Main Street option off the table completely.
Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon who was disappointed at the shelving of the LRT plan for Brampton is of the opinion that studying routes that have already been studied and rejected makes absolutely no sense at this point.
Almost a dozen routing options have been discussed, but Brampton’s city councillors have not rallied around a single one of them. Meanwhile, Mississauga is on track when it comes to its portion of the LRT running along Hurontario. Already land on either side of the proposed route is being eyed for housing and businesses. The LRT in Mississauga is expected to be a boon for residents and businesses. Sadly, Brampton has yet to figure out a way forward on its mass transit plans.