Category Archives: Transit

MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program Extended Five More Months

Staff Report Recommends Extension; No New Applicants To Be Accepted During Pilot

At General Committee today, City Council received a corporate report recommending an additional extension of the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program. The program is a partnership between the City and the Region of Peel. It was first introduced in May 2016 and extended in October 2016.

If approved by Council on April 12, transit riders who are already approved for the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program will continue to receive a 50 per cent discount on transit from May 1 to September 30, 2017.

“Program participants have told the City and Region that a permanent program is needed to address affordability of transit fares,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, City of Mississauga. “The additional extension will allow low income Mississauga residents to continue to ride transit at a 50 per cent discount while we evaluate all phases of the pilot program.”

There are 1300 active users of the pilot program that are eligible for the extension. No new applicants will be approved during the five-month extension of the program.

Marinoff added that recommendations will be made to both Mississauga City Council and the Region of Peel through a full report in September 2017.

To learn more about the MiWay Affordable Transportation Program, please visit povertyinpeel.ca/miwaypilot.

Mississauga to Receive $58 Million in Public Transit Infrastructure Funding

Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $58 million in Government of Canada funding for transit services in Mississauga through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

City projects approved through PTIF include the acquisition of up to 80 new 40 and 60-foot buses, the rehabilitation and replacement of more than 200 buses, improved pedestrian and cyclist access to Mississauga’s Transitway and GO stations, improved and enhanced MiWay stations and systems as well as trails and sidewalks.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome today’s news that the Federal Government has allocated unprecedented funding to help Canada’s cities, like Mississauga, press ahead with important city-building priorities like breaking gridlock and building transit,” Mayor Crombie said. “Mississauga’s Council-approved pre-budget submissions to the Federal Government repeatedly advocated for increased funding to build transit and infrastructure and we are seeing the priorities of Canada’s sixth-largest city reflected in today’s announcement.”

The PTIF program is an equal cost-share funding program that will see the Government of Canada and the City of Mississauga each contributing $58 million to complete the 51 approved Mississauga projects.

“I am pleased about the funding Mississauga has received through PTIF. This substantial infusion of funds enables us to deliver projects that maintain and enhance the City’s transit infrastructure, assets and systems; helping deliver on our Strategic Plan by having transit influence and shape the form of the city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Mississauga, like many cities across Canada, is looking to the federal and provincial levels of government to provide predictable and sustainable funding.”

The PTIF program is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s $120 billion plan to support public infrastructure across Canada over the next 10 years. Under the program, the Government of Canada will contribute more than $200 million for the 312 projects approved in Ontario, representing 50 per cent of the total eligible costs.

“The City is pleased to receive this news. In anticipation of this announcement, we’ve carefully planned and built this funding into the 2017 Business Plan and Budget,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “The timelines for the program are tight so with Council approval, we’ve already begun many of the projects on our list. We will be working closely with the Federal Government who has indicated there is some flexibility on the completion dates for the projects.”

For a complete list of projects, visit: Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario announce funding for 312 public transit projects across Ontario

82 Per Cent of MiWay Customers Satisfied with Transit Service

For the third time, MiWay has received an overall customer satisfaction rating of 82 per cent in the bi-annual market research study done between November and December 2015.

“The high overall customer service rating shows us that we are on the right path as we focus on customer service and growth in ridership,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “The results tell us that our customers want more frequent and reliable service. Integrating the full Mississauga Transitway into MiWay’s service network will allow for more travel on our dedicated transit corridor and help us to continually improve travel options for those who live and work in Mississauga.” Continue reading 82 Per Cent of MiWay Customers Satisfied with Transit Service

Applications Now Being Accepted for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program 

Starting May 11, 2016, low income residents in Mississauga can apply for discounted public transit through the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program, available from June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017.

The MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot is a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel.

“The MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program will allow low income Mississauga residents to purchase a monthly PRESTO pass at a 50 per cent discount,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, City of Mississauga.  “Mississauga joins other municipalities such as Hamilton, York Region and Halton Region in creating an affordable transit program to allow riders who need it most to commute to work and appointments. A report on lessons learned from the pilot is planned for 2017.”

“We know that access to affordable transportation can have a positive effect on social determinants of health,” said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel. “We’re excited to learn more about how we can better help residents participate in the community – such as, going to job interviews, attending special events, visiting family and friends and more.”

Mississauga residents earning an income below the Low Income Measure (LIM) thresholds are eligible to apply for a subsidy of 50 per cent off of a MiWay monthly pass by visiting http://www.povertyinpeel.ca/miwaypilot. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 on a first come, first serve basis up to a maximum of 2,500 participants.

For more information, please call 905-791-7800 ext. 8703 or email affordabletransitpilot@peelregion.ca.

MiWay $1 Senior’s Fare Pilot Extended
The $1 MiWay fare for senior’s pilot program that began in June 2015 will be extended until the results of the Affordable Transportation Pilot Program are available in 2017. The $1 MiWay fare for seniors is available during off-peak hours:

• Weekdays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• Weekdays after 7 p.m.
• Anytime on weekends or holidays

On request, senior riders (age 65+) must present a piece of valid photo identification or a MiWay issued senior identification card to the bus driver to receive the one dollar fare.