Local government | September 9, 2015
Today, Council endorsed in principle, a study regarding a freight bypass rail line between the Canadian Pacific (CP) Line (Milton GO Rail corridor) west of Trafalgar Road in Milton and the Canadian National (CN) bypass Line at Bramalea. This concept is one option to permit for two-way, all-day GO service between Union Station and Kitchener via Malton on the Kitchener GO line as well as expansion of GO Train service to Cambridge.
“This project has far reaching benefits at local, national and international levels,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This bypass is making a regionally integrated rapid transit network between Toronto and the Waterloo Region and would greatly benefit Mississauga. Fast, efficient passenger rail service has been a priority for many years. Improving transit connections leads to better quality of life, economic benefits, reduced gridlock and less impact on the environment.”
“It is wonderful to see this bypass moving forward as we have been advocating for it for many years. It will provide more reliable service for commuters and have significant economic benefits,” said Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito.
The study looked at the feasibility and business case of a new rail line to separate freight from passenger services and to connect the Milton GO line, west of Trafalgar Road in Milton to the CN Bramalea bypass line in Brampton, beside Highway 407. This new line would take heavy freight rail away from the Milton and Kitchener GO lines making these lines available for commuter rail.
Crombie added: “The study helped us strategically look at how our rail lines will be used. The bypass is supported through our planning studies. Expanded GO service on the Milton line is a priority for Mississauga, with six of the eight Milton GO line stations (Dixie, Cooksville, Erindale, Streetsville, Meadowvale and Lisgar) located within our city. Cooksville Station as part of the Milton GO line, will connect to the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit project. A dedicated freight bypass rail line would mean all day two way passenger service on the Milton and Kitchener GO lines that meets our regional transit service needs and supports economic development.”
The study by IBI Group cost $84,000 and was shared evenly between the partnering municipalities City of Mississauga, City of Toronto, Town of Milton and City of Cambridge, City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo. The study recommends municipalities develop a process and work with Metrolinx, CN and CP to apply for funding from the Government of Canada.
Once approved, the study will be forwarded to Provincial and Federal Governments for consideration. It will also be shared with Metrolinx, CN and CP railways and the municipalities sponsoring the study.
The Missing Link is a proposed new rail corridor that would link the CN bypass line at Bramalea with the CP line through-route near the Milton-Mississauga border. The Missing Link proposes the separation freight from passenger services on the GO Transit Milton and Kitchener lines.
The bypass would have three major benefits
•Provide an alternative to the challenge of widening the Milton and Kitchener GO Rail corridors
•Remove heavy freight from the Milton and Kitchener GO Rail corridors;
•Free up inner parts of the Milton and Kitchener GO Rail corridors for two-way service on the outer ends of these lines including new service to Cambridge and expanded service to Kitchener and Waterloo Region.
Feasibility Study and Business Case of Constructing the Missing Link
Senior Communications Advisor
Transportation and Works
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5046