New Traffic Control System To Keep City’s Traffic Moving

Implementation is expected to be completed by the end of 2020

Mississauga is implementing a responsive state-of-the-art Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) to manage traffic on its road network.

“We are investing in the future by building a more reliable traffic control system. It will allow us to deal with the increasing traffic volumes and congestion on our roads. ATMS will enable us to actively monitor travel conditions, influence the operation of traffic signals, disseminate information and interact with other transportation modes and agencies through the use of hybrid technologies and networks,” said Mickey Frost, Director of Works, Operations and Maintenance.

The key components of the project include:

  • Set up of a new advanced traffic management centre to allow real-time traffic monitoring
  • Upgrade of traffic signal communications by leveraging the City’s public fibre network
  • Replacement of the existing traffic control system and traffic signal controllers to the new open system architecture to accommodate advanced technology
  • Implementation of intelligent transportation systems like traffic control cameras and traffic detection
  • Future initiatives like adaptive traffic control, incident management and traveller information

The total cost of the project is $16.2 million and implementation is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The City is working closely with the Region of Peel and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) as they have traffic lights in the City.

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Imperial Oil recently announced the sale of their 73 acre property at 70 Mississauga Road South in Port Credit.

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Natural Gas Rate Changes Jan. 1, 2017

Ontario natural gas prices are changing, but still lower than previous years

Natural gas customers across Ontario will see increases on their bills in the New Year, but overall, prices will remain lower in 2017 than they have been during recent peak periods – even when factoring in the cost of cap and trade.

The changes include the routine quarterly adjustment for the market price of the natural gas commodity – known as the Quarterly Rate Adjustment Mechanism (QRAM) – which has taken place every three months since 2001 and will impact rates for customers of Ontario’s three natural gas utilities – Enbridge, Union Gas and NRG – beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

In addition, the OEB recently granted interim rates for cap and trade and a rate adjustment for utility operations for Enbridge and Union Gas – all of which will impact customer bills in the New Year. Union Gas is also changing its rate zones to better reflect where it buys natural gas from and how it transports it to its customers.

Despite these rate adjustments and the introduction of cap and trade, overall, customers are still paying significantly less than they were at peak periods in 2009 and 2014, when natural gas costs were higher in Ontario due to factors including high market prices and unusually cold weather.

The amount of the increases to customers’ bills will vary between utilities and how much natural gas individual customers use. However, typical residential customers can expect to see their bills rise by between $4.65 and $13.54 on average per month for the year ahead. Continue reading Natural Gas Rate Changes Jan. 1, 2017