About The Proposed Project

The Milton Logistics Hub is needed to: 

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MEET GROWING
DEMAND

 Meet the growing demand for household goods across the GTHA.

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HELP LOCAL
BUSINESSES

 Help local businesses in Milton and Southern Ontario get their goods to and from critical markets.

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ALLEVIATE
CONGESTION

Alleviate congestion on 400-series highways by removing long-haul trucks.

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IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY

Strengthen supply chains to support goods delivery for retailers and consumers by providing greater flexibility and reliability.

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SUPPORT CLIMATE
GOALS

Support Canada’s international supply chains and federal trade and climate goals.

The Review Panel agreed there is a need for more intermodal facility capacity in the GTHA, and also indicated that the selection of the south Milton site was supported by reasonable criteria.

The Project is proposed to be built in a provincially dedicated significant employment zone, on a portion of CN-owned land east of Tremaine Road and south of Britannia Road in Milton. The Project’s major components include:

An administration building, maintenance garage for terminal
equipment and areas for short-term container storage.

Realignment and extension of the existing mainline.

A 1.7-kilometre long truck entrance road and queuing area
on CN property to keep waiting trucks off local roads.

An employee entrance off Tremaine Road.

An underpass at Lower Base Line to maintain traffic flow
and facilitate east-west passage for emergency vehicles.

Berms and barriers in strategic locations, planted with native
Ontario vegetation to blend with the surrounding environment
and reduce off-site noise and visual effects.

A stormwater management system design to capture
and treat all terminal water runoff.

What is intermodal?

Intermodal transportation involves moving goods in a unique
container for the entire journey, using more than one mode of
transportation: truck, rail and/or ship. Many household products
are shipped this way, including food, healthcare products, clothing, electronics, furniture and building materials.

Intermodal facilities, such as CN’s Brampton Intermodal Terminal
(BIT) and the proposed Milton Logistics Hub, are where shipping
containers are transferred between trains and trucks to efficiently
move goods. Intermodal is safe, efficient, and environmentally
responsible. In the absence of intermodal capacity, goods in
containers would move by long-haul trucks. Moving goods by train is four times more fuel efficient than moving by long-haul truck.

Why was Milton selected?

After a thorough analysis of alternatives, we found that the property in Milton was the site that met the main requirements of the project. The Review Panel confirmed that the selection of the south Milton site was supported by reasonable criteria and alternative locations were properly considered. The proposed location is:

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 SUFFICIENT
SIZE

Of sufficient size, grade, and
configuration to efficiently
accommodate container trains
moving into and out of the facility.

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CLOSE TO
HIGHWAYS

 In close proximity to
designated truck routes.

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CLOSE TO
DEMAND

In a region with growing
demand for goods, and near
existing transportation and
logistics infrastructure.

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 OPTIMAL
LOCATION

Located in an area with minimal intrusions on environmental features, such as woodlands and watercourses, and in a provincially designated significant employment zone, on lands planned and designated for employment use.

The Project would handle four intermodal trains per day. One intermodal train can transport the equivalent of 280 long-distance heavy trucks. CN’s intermodal network removes approximately 2 million of these trucks from Canadian highways annually, 1 million of which would flow through the GTHA.