Brampton rejects Light Rail Transit plan
Brampton/Oct.28, 2015- In a big setback to Mayor Linda Jeffery, Brampton city council has voted down proposal to bring LRT through city’s downtown area. After a marathon meeting, the council decided with 6-5 votes to keep LRT up to Steeles Avenue.
“I am disappointed that this is the decision council made. I am prepared to work with our provincial and federal partners on any solutions in the future,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey while talking to media after the meeting. Six councilors, Grant Gibson, Doug Willans, Jeff Bowman, John Sproviery, Michael Pallechi and Elain Moore voted against the proposal.
The crucial meeting to decide the fate of LRT began at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and continued till 1 a.m. the following day.
Original plan was to connect Mississauga’s Lakeshore with Brampton’s downtown Go station. With the council rejecting the original plan, the LRT line will end at Steeles Ave now. In April this year, the provincial Liberals committed $1.6 billion to building a new, 23-kilometre mass transit system connecting the both cities. Opponents of the project were raising concerns about congestion in downtown area due to a LRT line in the middle of the Main Street.
Regional Councilor Gael Miles, who voted in favour of the original plan, questioned the motivation of some councilors and called council’s rejection of the proposed plan ‘a crime’. To end the route at Steeles Avenue was voted by 7-4 with Mayor Linda Jeffery also casting a vote in favor. “ I just want to keep transit on the table”, answered the mayor when asked why she voted in favor of her opponents’ motion.