Category Archives: Transit

Have your Say in Improving Transportation in Downtown Mississauga

Do you drive, walk or cycle in Downtown Mississauga? Your input can guide future transportation projects in this area of the city by visiting our on-demand virtual open house for the newly launched Downtown Movement Plan. The best part is it can all be done from the comfort of your own home.

The Downtown Movement Plan (DMP) is part of the larger Downtown Strategy project that is building on the success of Downtown Mississauga. The project will make sure that Downtown Mississauga continues to be a vibrant place to live, work, learn, be entertained, raise a family, and a place to choose to be.

The DMP will identify the transportation infrastructure and policies required to support and guide the continued development of Downtown Mississauga in two phases:

·       Phase 1 (Summer 2020): Review what works and what doesn’t in Downtown Mississauga’s transportation system today

·       Phase 2 (Fall 2020 – Winter 2021): Identify and evaluate ways to make getting to, from and around Downtown Mississauga easier via transit, walking, cycling or vehicle.

Throughout both phases there will be an opportunity for engagement. The public engagement portion of Phase 1 begins Monday, August 17, 2020 in the form of a virtual open house that is available 24-7, whenever it best fits into your schedule. Visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/downtown until Monday, September 21, 2020 to share input, submit questions, provide feedback, and click on the “Stay Informed” icon to join the mailing list.

Masks Mandatory when Travelling on MiWay and Fares Reinstated Starting July 2

Effective July 2, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering will be mandatory when travelling on MiWay, at stops and transit terminals to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Children under the age of two, people with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing any mask will not be required to wear one. Fare collection and front door boarding for all customers will also resume on July 2.

“To help keep our riders and drivers safe and following the strong recommendation of Peel Public Health and the Governments of Ontario and Canada, we will be mandating transit riders to wear masks while riding MiWay,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Additional safety measures, including the installation of plexiglass barriers, will enable us to resume fare collection and front door boarding next month. These measures will help our City recover much-needed revenue as a result of this crisis while ensuring the safety of riders. We are taking a thoughtful and phased approach to recovery that prioritizes health and safety, and reduces the risk of a second wave.”

In addition, MiWay will reopen the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT) fares booth on June 24to provide customers with the opportunity to purchase PRESTO fares in advance of the resumption of fare collection. The booth will be open Monday to Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice with appropriate physical distancing measures in place. PRESTO customers are strongly encouraged to load their cards online to avoid congestion at the terminal. 

With the introduction of mandatory use of non-medical masks or face coverings by passengers and employees, all MiWay buses will operate at 50 per cent seated capacity to continue to allow for physical distancing.

“The health and safety of our customers and transit operators is our top priority at MiWay,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. “We have put several measures in place to ensure a safer commute when travelling on MiWay and we remain committed to providing city-wide transit service during this time. We support the physical distancing efforts recommended by Peel Public Health, and the provincial and federal governments but acknowledge this is not always possible on public transit. We are all in this together and by limiting transit use to essential travel only and wearing your face covering will help us all flatten the curve.”

For more information, visit miway.ca/coronavirus.

MiWay Adjusts Service in Response to Evolving Customer Demand

On June 1, 2020, MiWay is realigning existing service to meet the evolving travel needs of customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service adjustments include:

1.    The reallocation of selected trips to busier routes in order to accommodate returning customers as the reopening phases begin. As physical distancing guidelines have restricted seating capacity on buses, MiWay is working to meet the evolving travel patterns of customers. 

2.    On Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, buses will operate on a holiday schedule and service will be cancelled on the following four routes:

·         6 Credit Woodlands

·         28 Confederation

·         35 Eglinton-Ninth Line

·         68 Terry Fox

For a complete list of service adjustments, please visit miway.ca/june1 and for the latest COVID-19 transit news, visit miway.ca/coronavirus

Plan your trip on miway.ca or call 905-615-4636 for customer service. Please limit travel to essential trips only to help flatten the curve. MiWay remains an essential service to get you to the grocery store, to the pharmacy, to work or to the doctor. The Government of Ontario now recommends those travelling on public transit to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Customers are reminded to keep their distance while travelling and wash their hands after every trip.

Renovations Set To Begin On Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal at Square One

Work Scheduled for Completion by Fall, 2021; Elevator to be Out of Service from April to July, 2020

In February, the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT) will undergo a complete interior renovation to transform the City’s busiest facility into a modernized space with improved accessibility and services for MiWay customers. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2021.

“Exciting things are underway this year. The CCTT was built in 1996 and is a 23-year-old facility. It is located in downtown Mississauga with more than 45,000 commuters accessing it every day. The building requires upgrades to meet the growing needs of our community,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. “This facility is an important part of the customer experience for many MiWay riders. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is minimal and that fare and customer information services will continue to be provided onsite.”

During the renovations, the CCTT will remain accessible to the community with some areas temporarily out of service. It is anticipated that the elevator will be temporarily out of service from April until July 2020. Customers are encouraged to look for directional signage indicating access points. Customer service for the information booth and fare booths will be relocated, but will remain onsite throughout construction to serve commuters.

For more information about the CCTT renovation, visit miway.ca/cctt

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.