Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project, Canada
In October 2019, Mobilinx, in which John Laing has a 35% equity interest, achieved financial close on the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project (‘HuLRT’). This is a transformational transit project connecting the municipalities of Mississauga and Brampton in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, and builds on John Laing’s long and successful history of investment in and delivery of complex rail schemes.
The HuLRT consists of an 18-kilometre line from the Port Credit GO station in Mississauga to Brampton Gateway Terminal in Brampton, providing an alternative mode of transport to driving as well as improving connectivity within and between the two municipalities.
The project includes 18 surface stops and one below grade station, a fleet of 28 light rail vehicles, a dedicated cycle way and an operations, maintenance and storage facility. The HuLRT will also be fully integrated with municipal transit systems including connections to GO Transit lines and transitways.
The HuLRT delivers several environmental benefits, including projected reductions in air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions by replacing existing diesel bus services and reducing congestion – from 2031, the HuLRT is expected to contribute to a c.4,000 tonne annual reduction in CO2 emissions. The project’s strong sustainability attributes are supported by the Green Evaluation completed by Standard & Poor’s (‘S&P’) Global Ratings, which resulted in a score of E1, the highest score on S&P’s evaluation scale).
Significant employment opportunities, both during the construction period and the subsequent 30-year operations and maintenance period are also expected.
Construction of the project commenced in 2020 and is scheduled to complete in 2024.