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From Bus to Plane: New MiWay Airport Express Travels along Mississauga Transitway to Toronto Pearson International Airport

Heading to work? Going on a business trip or on vacation? MiWay’s Route 100 – Airport Express is now operating every 16 minutes, Monday to Friday, along the city’s dedicated bus-only Mississauga Transitway.

MiWay riders can travel between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth Station and express to Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1 and 3. Route 100 stops at all 12 transitway stations and offers connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), GO Transit bus service and Brampton Transit.

To celebrate the new Route 100 – Airport Express, which started service on October 29, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council were joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Adrian Kupesic, Director, Public and Government Affairs on behalf of Alok Kanti, President and CEO, Bayer Inc; and Tullio Capulli, Vice President, Property Management and Leasing Office & Industrial, Eastern Canada, Morguard Brokerage.

“This new route offers a quick, efficient and more affordable way for residents, visitors and thousands of airport employees to get to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Mayor Crombie. “It is also good for business because it makes it easier for international companies such as Bayer Inc. and Morguard to move employees from the airport to their offices in Mississauga. By strengthening regionally connected transit, we are helping create jobs and grow our economy.”

Route 100 – Airport Express, was made possible in part from the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding program – an equal cost sharing funding program in which the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada each contributed $58 million. The joint funding program is helping the City deliver service improvements that include the purchase of 13 new buses, 80 replacement buses and the rehabilitation of more than 280 buses, enabling the launch of new services and service improvements to existing routes along key commuter corridors including:

  • New Route 104 – Derry Express, connecting Meadowvale Town Centre with Westwood Square in Malton
  • More frequent service on Route 107 – Malton Express, which improved crosstown connections between downtown Mississauga and Humber College
  • More frequent service on Route 109 – Meadowvale Express, which improved crosstown connections between Meadowvale Town Centre and the TTC transit hub at Islington

“Mississauga residents now have better transit options to access the Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Minister Bains. “Our government is helping create a new route that will serve the growing needs of riders in Mississauga, whether they travel for work or pleasure.”

Route 100 is part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan from 2016-2020. The plan is moving Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network allowing more frequent buses along main corridors, improving connectivity to surrounding municipalities and making travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport easier.

“We congratulate the City of Mississauga on the launch of the Route 100 – Airport Express service, which will improve transit connectivity to Mississauga for our passengers and employees. Mississauga is home to more than 13,000 airport employees and many global businesses that rely on timely access to the airport,” said Howard Eng. “We look forward to continuing to work with the City and other surrounding municipalities to enhance Toronto Pearson’s regional transit connectivity as we work towards our vision of serving as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s second major transit hub.”

Route 100 will serve customers in Mississauga’s downtown core and in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre. These stops target Mississauga businesses, offering them an efficient way to travel to the airport.

“As a global organization, we frequently travel and welcome a great deal of guests through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport,” said Alok Kanti. “We are pleased to see that this expansion has been completed as it will lead to improved accessibility for our employees and those that we do business with.”

“Morguard owns and manages an extensive portfolio of commercial real estate, with properties and team members located across North America,” said Tullio Capulli. “Having a direct transit line between the airport and the Mississauga core, where our head office is located, is a great option for our tenants and our employees.”

Plan your MiWay trip on Route 100 – Airport Express by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO(4636) for customized route and schedule information.

BACKGROUND:

MiWay is Mississauga’s transit service and the third largest municipal transit service in Ontario. MiWay services a high-growth population of more than 752,000, travelling across 179 kilometres. MiWay’s bus fleet of nearly 500 vehicles is fully accessible. MiWay provided more than 55 million annual boardings in 2017 across more than 80 bus routes. MiWay service connects with neighbouring transit systems including GO Transit, TTC, Brampton Transit and Oakville Transit.

MiWay to Begin Servicing Renforth Station Tomorrow

As of November 22, MiWay customers will be able to travel along the full 18-kilometre Mississauga Transitway from Winston Churchill in the west to Renforth Station – the final station in the east.

MiWay will service 12 stations along the dedicated bus corridor from west-east: Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, City Centre Transit Terminal, Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken, Dixie, Tahoe, Etobicoke Creek, Spectrum, Orbitor and the new Renforth Station.

Route Service Improvement
7 Airport
39 Britannia
Servicing the new Renforth Station
21 Explorer
24 Northwest
43 Matheson – Argentia
87 Meadowvale – Skymark
Servicing new on-street bus bays on Commerce Boulevard outside Renforth Station
107 Malton Express
109 Meadowvale Express
Travel along the Mississauga Transitway, servicing all 12 stations

These service improvements expand Mississauga Transitway service on the Renforth Station platform as well as on-street bus bays along Commerce Boulevard and Skymark Avenue.

For a complete list of service changes, please visit miway.ca/miway5.

MiWay Discount Transit Ticket Program for Food Banks to Become Permanent

Today, General Committee directed staff to continue the MiWay Discount Transit Ticket Program with Mississauga food banks permanently.

Initially, the pilot program began in November 2016 with six food banks. In May, it was expanded to include all 18 of Mississauga’s food banks and is currently set to conclude on December 31, 2017.

“This program allows Mississauga food banks to purchase MiWay tickets at a 50 per cent discount with the City picking up the remainder of the cost,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “It is helping provide affordable transit options for those that rely on transit to pick up their groceries and access other services.”

To date, four of the 18 designated Mississauga food bank locations have purchased discounted MiWay tickets with the City’s portion of the pilot program costing $7,500. For 2018, the projected cost of the program is $20,000.

The continuation of the program will receive final approval during the November 22 meeting of Council. For more information, call MiWay’s Customer Service at 905-615-3636 (INFO).

Permanent Plans for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak

Today at General Committee, MiWay’s proposed Affordable Transportation Pilot Program (ATPP) was approved in principle by Mississauga City Council and is on its way to becoming a permanent program in January 2018 along with the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare at off peak-times. Final approval is to follow at the October 11 Council meeting.

“Making the affordable transportation program permanent assists residents with low incomes and gives them better access to employment and services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie “This program contributes to the City’s strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility. The social and financial return on investment from this program benefits our City and helps keep our communities strong.”

“The two phases of the affordable transportation pilot helped us develop the program and make it effective,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “City of Mississauga and Region of Peel staff recommend that the phase two pilot becomes a permanent program for eligible Mississauga residents. The Region will continue to assess the eligibility and MiWay will administer the issuance of PRESTO cards. Financial responsibilities for subsidy and administrative costs will be covered by the Region. MiWay will continue to make the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare available at off-peak times.” Continue reading Permanent Plans for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak

Canadian Forces Veterans Ride Free on August 19 – Warriors’ Day Parade

Canadian Forces veterans and a friend may ride for free with MiWay on Saturday, August 19 to attend the 96th Warriors’ Day Parade.

“MiWay is once again proud to support the Warriors’ Day Parade and all veterans or serving members of Canadian Armed Forces for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit.

To receive a free ride on MiWay, veterans must identify themselves to a transit operator by wearing their uniform or displaying a medal or any other item that distinguishes them as a veteran.

The Warriors’ Day Parade is a tradition that originated in 1921. It occurs annually at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. This year’s event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917-2017) and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

For more information about the Warriors’ Day Parade visit thewarriorsdayparade.ca

Plan your MiWay trip by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO (4636) for customized route and schedule information.