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Brampton council debating LRT 

Brampton/ Oct.16, 2015

Ahead of a crucial meeting on Oct.27, to discuss about LRT proposal, Brampton city council is debating on various aspects of the proposals in a series of facilitating meetings. Councilors are debating about ridership forecasts and maintenance costs. A budget of $54000 has been set aside to conduct such facilitation meetings.

According to Metrolinx estimates, the LRT will carry 34 million riders per year by 2031. As that figure accounts for the whole 23-kilometre stretch, some elected officials want a breakdown of numbers in order to judge whether the last part of the track would have enough riders to justify tearing up the historical area of downtown Brampton.

Some councilors are suggesting an alternate route that diverts away from the city centre and connects to Queen Street. Councilors also want accurate figures and operation details on how the LRT would function in the congested downtown.
According to the numbers, stopping the LRT at Steeles reduces capital costs by about 15 per cent and annual operating costs by 11 per cent, and ridership volumes and revenues also drop by 14 per cent and 8 per cent.

According to political sources, five councilors Elain Moore, Grant Gibson, John Sprovieri, Dough Willian and Jeff Bowman are opposing the plan and four councilors Martin Medeirios, Pat Fortini, Gurpreet Dhillon and Gael Miles are supporting the Mayor on the plan. Regional councilor Michael Palleschi has not taken any clear stand yet and believed to be on the fence, holding the deciding vote in 11 member council.

The province has given a deadline of Oct.31 to take a final decision about the route.

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