The Initial Business Case (IBC) for Queen Street-Highway 7 BRT is being carried out under the Metrolinx Benefits Management Process. An IBC is the first step of a stage-gate, decision-making process for evaluating the benefits, costs, and impacts of major transit investments by Metrolinx. From project inception to the start of construction, stage gates – also known as “decision gates” – are applied at four major milestones as identified below:
For the Queen Street-Highway 7 BRT, the IBC will compare various BRT infrastructure options and select the best investment option for further refinement during preliminary design and environmental assessment – future work following completion of the IBC.
The IBC’s primary study area is centred on the Queen Street-Highway 7 corridor between Mississauga Road in Brampton in the west to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre in the City of Vaughan in the east. All of the BRT configuration options for the Queen Street-Highway 7 corridor will need to connect into the future Viva BRT Rapidway on Highway 7 west of Pine Valley Drive.
More information on the Metrolinx Benefits Management Process and the associated business case requirements can be found here.