The Hurontario LRT will bear the name of Mississauga’s longest serving mayor.
Premier Doug Ford and Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney made the announcement on Monday which was Hazel McCallion’s 101st birthday.
“As of today, the Hurontario LRT will be known as the Hazel McCallion Line to commemorate the great achievements and contributions of former City of Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion,” a statement said.
“With decades of public service under her belt, McCallion, known locally as “Hurricane Hazel”, is a trailblazer and inspirational figure in Canadian history, and it is only fitting to have her legacy honoured today, on her 101st birthday,” the statement read. “Happy birthday, Hurricane Hazel!”
The former mayor told reporters at a press event at Cooksville GO Station on Monday that she was pleasantly surprised by the gesture.
“When the premier phoned me and told me he was thinking of naming the line after me I couldn’t believe it, you know I’ve had many, many things named after me but this one is really unusual, quite unique. Buildings is one thing, but a line is quite different,” McCallion said
The 18-kilometre LRT line will connect people to public transit and link GO Transit’s Milton and Lakeshore West lines, the Mississauga Transitway, Brampton Transit, Züm and MiWay.
Once complete, it will support fast, frequent and reliable rapid transit ready to meet the needs of the residents of Mississauga and Brampton.
McCallion served as Mississauga’s mayor for 36 years from 1978 to 2014.