The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has undertaken a planning and preliminary design study for the 23 km central segment of a transitway facility located along the Highway 407 corridor through York Region, from east of Highway 400 to Kennedy Road (407 Transitway). The 407 Transitway includes stations and an operations, maintenance and storage facility. Subject to the outcome of the study, the 407 Transitway will be implemented initially as bus rapid transit (BRT) with the opportunity to convert to light rail transit (LRT) in the future.

This 23 km segment is the priority section of the 150 km long high-speed interregional facility planned to be ultimately constructed on a separate right-of-way that parallels Highway 407 from Burlington to Highway 35/115, with stations, parking and access connections. This transitway is a component of the official plans of the stakeholder municipalities and of the Province's commitment to support transit initiatives in the Greater Golden Horseshoe through the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan.

Transit Project Assessment Process

The 407 Transitway followed the Transit Project Assessment Process as per the Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertaking Regulation, Ontario Regulation 231/08, June 2008, with the opportunity for public input throughout.

The Notice of Commencement of Transit Project Assessment Process was first published on August 26, 2010 in the local newspapers. The Notice of Completion of the Environmental Project Report was first published on December 23, 2010 in the local newspapers. The Environmental Project Report was made available for a 30-day public review period from December 23, 2010. The Notice to Proceed from the Ontario Minister of the Environment was received on February 28, 2011:

Planning Study

The Planning Study has investigated the need and justification for the project, project goals and objectives, existing conditions in the study area and the generation, evaluation and selection of technically preferred station sites and route. A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held in May 2009 to present the results of the Planning Study.

Preliminary Design Study

The preliminary design of the technically preferred alignment, stations and the operations, maintenance and storage facility was prepared.