Category Archives: Transit

Transportation (Ride Sharing) Network Companies Directed to Suspend Operation as Review Continues

At this week’s General Committee meeting, Council passed a motion directing transportation network companies (TNCs) to suspend operations in Mississauga as the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee (PVAC) continues a review of these companies currently operating illegally in Mississauga.
 
Highlights of the motion includes:
• directing TNCs and drivers to suspend operation within Mississauga until amendments to the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law are made;
• City staff continuing to enforce the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law and charge all drivers;
• Staff to report back on TNC related charges under the City’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law;
• Federal and Provincial government be requested to undertake legislative changes to regulate TNCs to ensure that TNCs are regulated consistently across municipalities in Ontario;
• PVAC holds an open education session and makes its recommendations to Council. 

“We need a safe and fair system where everyone operates under the law,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are taking the time and doing the work to ensure we have a level playing field.”
 
“The motion directing TNCs to suspend operations will give us time to ensure we have the best option for Mississauga,” said Ron Starr Ward 6 Councillor and Public Vehicle Advisory Committee Chair. “Further review will be done at the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee.”

“Technology is changing many industries,” said Carolyn Parrish Ward 5 Councillor and Public Vehicle Vice Chair. “Our job is to manage the transition and make it fair. Review at the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee will help us achieve that.”

The motion will be on the March 9, 2016 Council agenda for final approval.
 
Background
 
Public Vehicle Licensing By-law
The City of Mississauga’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law regulates transportation services provided by public vehicles (taxis and limousines.) This bylaw ensures public and consumer safety, driver safety and consumer protection for public vehicle transportation services.  TNCs are currently operating in Mississauga unlicensed.
 
Studies and Reports
Two studies were conducted by the City of Mississauga.
 
Taxicab and Accessible Plate Issuance Models and Taxi Fares
The study and report includes recommendations on the by-law provisions to issue taxicab plates and accessible taxicab plates as well as the setting of fares.
Study of Regulation of Transportation Network Companies A study and report was prepared on how other jurisdictions (Canada, United States, Europe) are regulating TNCs and to evaluate policy alternatives.

MiWay 5 will Shift City Transit to a Grid Network

Improved frequency along main corridors will be the focus from 2016-2020

This week, MiWay 5 – a plan that will move Mississauga’s transit system from a design that radiates from the city centre to a grid network that will allow for more frequent buses along main corridors was presented to General Committee of City Council.

“MiWay 5 is about building a better MiWay together,” said Mary-Lou Johnston, manager of business development for transit. “We heard the message loud and clear at the City’s recent transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015 – that transit systems and active modes of transportation need to be expanded. MiWay 5 will help us achieve this.”

MiWay 5 is a five year transit plan from 2016-2020 that was developed after an 18 month review based on public engagement and a technical review. Information sessions were held in the spring of this year to allow the public to learn more about MiWay 5 and voice their opinions on the draft plan. Engagement also occurred through focus groups and a web-based survey.

“During public and stakeholder engagement there was a strong preference of moving MiWay to a grid network with improved frequencies and getting people to their destinations faster,” added Johnston.

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Mississauga is a City Committed to Building Transit: Mayor Crombie

The following are remarks by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie delivered today during the Mississauga Moves 2015 Transportation Summit at the Living Arts Centre:

“Good morning, everyone.

“On behalf of the team of professionals from the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, welcome to our first-ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015.

“Throughout the day, participants will join local and international experts and take part in interactive workshops and presentations.

“We have intentionally brought in outside experts to learn about best practices being implemented around the world, so that we can think about the implications for our City.

“As we look toward our future planning needs, it is fundamental that we all of us to take ownership to make Mississauga an even more dynamic place to pursue one’s dreams.

“Now I’m challenging each of you to roll up your sleeves, and get to work.

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