Category Archives: Transit

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING TO LAUNCH LAKESHORE EAST CORRIDOR STUDY

The City of Mississauga is hosting a virtual community meeting February 23 – 6:30 to 8 p.m. to launch the Lakeshore East Corridor Study. The planning study will review the built form, height and density policies that guide future development along the Lakeshore East Corridor in the Lakeview area.

Register here to participateRegistered participants will receive meeting instructions and additional background materials.

The goal of the study is to review the planning policy framework that will guide future development along the corridor. More information about the study can be found here.

The study covers the frontage properties along Lakeshore Road East between Seneca Avenue and Etobicoke Creek. The Lakeview Village Master Plan (former Ontario Power Generation site) is not part of this study as it is going through a separate planning application process.

For more information refer to the related city studies:

MiWay Changes Local Routes on Hurontario Corridor due to LRT Construction

Effective April 27, MiWay will implement local route changes to the Hurontario corridor to help minimize impacts on travel due to Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT)construction, which began on March 30.

The construction officially began with the removal of medians along Hurontario Street from Matheson Boulevard to Highway 407. The planned Hurontario route changes are in addition to other recent changes and daily service adjustments being made by MiWay to provide essential transit services across Mississauga in response to COVID-19.

Route changes include:

·         Route 19 Hurontario will be replaced by two new routes: Route 17 Hurontario and Route 2 Hurontario

o   Route 17 Hurontario: travels between the Highway 407 Park and Ride and the City Centre Transit Terminal and will provide 24-hour service during weekdays

o   Route 2 Hurontario: travels between the City Centre Transit Terminal and the Port Credit GO Station and will provide 24-hour service during weekdays

·         Route 19 Variants 19A, 19B and 19C will be cancelled; route 19C alternative route options to Heartland Town Centre include Route 61 Mavis or Route 66 McLaughlin

·         Route 25 Traders Loop will be revised to service to portions of the former Routes 19A and 19B

“We’ve redesigned routes along the Hurontario corridor to minimize impacts to travel during Hurontario Light Rail Transit construction. Our priority is to maintain service reliability as best we can to help customers get to where they need to be.”

Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit

To learn more about these new route changes, visit miway.ca/hurontario. MiWay would like to remind residents to limit travel on transit to essential trips only to help flatten the curve. For more information on MiWay’s response, visit miway.ca/coronavirus.

Visit miway.ca to plan a trip or call 905-615-4636 for customer service assistance.

MiWay 2020 Fare Update

As 2020 approaches, PRESTO fares will remain at 2019 rates and beginning on January 6, customers will see a 25 cent increase to cash fares. MiWay has also extended the acceptance of paper tickets by four months until April 30, 2020.

“Investing in our transit system to meet customer needs is an important priority for us,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. “MiWay’s focus is to maintain a balance between affordable fare options and committing to efficient, reliable and accessible transit for everyone while remaining consistent with the fares of other Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit systems.”

MiWay’s 2020 fares:

Fare ItemFareUpdate
Cash Fare$4 $0.25 increase
Senior $1 Cash Fare
(Weekday rides only: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
$1No change
Child PRESTO Single Fare$1.75 
No change
Youth PRESTO Single Fare$2.35No change
Adult PRESTO Single Fare$3.10No change
Senior PRESTO Single Fare$2.10No change
Adult PRESTO Monthly Pass$135No change
Senior PRESTO Monthly Pass$65No change

                                          
PRESTO is the easiest way to pay a fare on MiWay – by switching over, customers save 90 cents per ride for adults and even more for seniors and youth. Paper tickets are no longer being sold, but will be accepted until April 30, 2020. Please note that MiWay tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

PRESTO service locations are available across the Greater Toronto Area, including the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT). PRESTO cardholders can load their card online, by phone, through the PRESTO app or where PRESTO is sold.

The senior $1 cash fare will also remain available. Seniors can ride MiWay for $1 cash on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

For more information, visit miway.ca/busfares.

Visit MiWay’s Trip Planner to plan your commute and get trip updates in real-time or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for assistance. 

Mississauga Ready for Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Today, Mississauga’s General Committee identified and approved the projects the City will submit for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the ICIP is a ten-year federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy. 

The federal government is providing $33 billion through the ICIP to cost-share projects under four streams: 1. Public Transit; 2. Community, Culture and Recreation; 3. Green Infrastructure and 4. Rural and Northern Communities. The City of Mississauga is not eligible for the fourth stream.

“Infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities. This funding will allow us to build a transit and transportation system that is convenient, connected, and reliable for those who live and work here. We’ve heard from residents about their priorities and we are in a strong position to put forward projects that we are confident will be approved by the federal and provincial governments. This will be the largest investment we’ve made in public transit to date with an $847.5 million total cost for the projects we’re putting forward. These projects include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes along our Lakeshore and Dundas corridors, as well as the purchase of 409 new hybrid-electric buses to green our transit fleet and help us hit our GHG reduction targets. In addition, we will be applying for almost $133 million for community and recreational infrastructure projects such as the rehabilitation of the Public Marina and Waterfront Park development, and the South Common Community Centre and Library. We’ve been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments and that they are aware and understand our priorities and most importantly, why Mississauga matters.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under the Public Transit stream, a total of $339 million in federal funding and $282.5 million in provincial funding has been allocated to the City of Mississauga over the next 10 years. The primary focus is for new transit projects and active transportation infrastructure directly connected to the public transit system.

The Community, Culture and Recreation stream is different as it is application based with no guarantee that projects will be approved. The program will provide approximately $407 million in federal funding and $320 million in provincial funding to support projects across Ontario that improve access to and quality of community, cultural and recreation infrastructure.

“We are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration as result of our deliberate, consistent and detailed capital budget planning,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “For transit in particular, this funding program is helping to provide the predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding needed to grow, maintain and improve our current transit systems. Projects for both streams were selected based on the program criteria and knowing they could not begin until after ICIP approval is received and that they must be substantially complete by March 2027.”

List of proposed City projects:

ICIP – Public Transit Stream ProjectsTotal Cost
Bus replacement program$359.7 M
Dundas BRT lanes – Confederation to Etobicoke$305.7M
Lakeshore BRT lanes – Deta Rd. to East Ave.$54.6M
Express Corridors$49.5M
Bus Maintenance/Rehab$44.1M
Presto$10M
CAD/AVL/HASTUS$9M
Cycle Tracks$4M
Bus Shelters$3.8M
Farebox Refurbishment$2M
Bus Terminals$1.6M
Bus stops/pads$1M
Enhanced Partitions$0.7M
Mini Terminals/Bays$0.7M
MiWay Signs$0.7M
Transit Vehicles (non-buses)$0.4M
Revenue Equipment Replacement$0.1M
Total Cost$847.5M
  
ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects 
South Common Community Centre and Library$61.6M
Public Marina and Waterfront Park$71.3M
Total Cost$132.9M

Council previously approved the projects for the Public Transit stream and the City submitted the required initial documents as per the October 24, 2019 deadline. The proposed projects for the Community, Culture and Recreation stream will be going forward to Council on November 6 for final approval and will be submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2019.

MISSISSAUGA’S FIRST TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN SETS VISION FOR FREEDOM TO MOVE

The City’s first Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was presented at General Committee on Wednesday. The plan outlines a vision, six goals and over 90 action items to guide the future of the City’s transportation system from today to 2041. Inherent in the plan is a commitment to advancing Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries. 

“This new plan is an important part of our efforts to keep Mississauga moving, regardless of where, when or how you choose to travel. We are working to build a world-class, transit-oriented city where people can easily move across our city and beyond, whether that’s to get to school, work, shopping or activities while helping businesses boost their productivity through the efficient movement of goods and services.

As the business capital of Canada and home to Pearson International Airport, five 400-series highways and several major distribution centres, this plan will help ensure Mississauga remains open for business as a vital economic hub for the movement of goods at the national scale,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Above all, it recognizes the important role that livable, walkable, healthy communities play in encouraging active transportation.  It also provides us with a road map to help us realize our goal of becoming a Vision Zero city, where it is safe for all types of travellers to share the road.”

The TMP is future-focused and comes at an important time in the City’s development.

“We have reached a new phase of higher-density urban growth,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “There is a growing demand from our residents for multi-modal travel options – walking, cycling, transit, ridehailing and other alternatives to driving. In looking ahead to 2041, we know our demographics will shift, with new young families and our aging population. In addition, we aim to keep up with rapid change and innovation in the transportation sector, such as integration with smartphones and other smart devices, especially automated, connected, electric and shared vehicles (ACES).”

Highlights of the Plan

Vision 

The freedom to move is vital to support the quality of life in Mississauga.  The TMP lays out a vision for providing mobility in our city from today to 2041:  In Mississauga, everyone and everything will have the freedom to move safely, easily and efficiently to anywhere at any time.

Goals

The vision will be realized through six goals to ensure the transportation system fulfills its essential role in city building.

·        Safety: Freedom from Harm

Safe conditions for all travellers, advancing Vision Zero by supporting hazard-free travel and striving for zero fatalities.

·        Inclusion: Freedom from Barriers

An accessible network, where moving is easy regardless of a person’s age, ability, income or familiarity with the city.

·        Integration: Freedom of Choice

An integrated network, where people and goods have viable options for moving within and beyond the city.

·        Connectivity: Freedom of Access

Simple and pleasant connections between people and the places and things they need to prosper.

·        Health: Freedom to Flourish

Support for the health of people and the planet, with more people-powered trips, lower vehicle emissions and better stewardship of the natural environment.

·        Resilience: Freedom to Evolve

Leadership in adapting to changes that reshape the transportation system and how it is used.

Action Plan

The TMP is future-focused and includes over 90 proposed actions to implement the plan over the short term (1-5 years), medium (6 – 15 years) and long term (16+years). Actions in the TMP will be built into staff work plans over the coming years. Those with financial implications will be presented to Council for consideration through the City’s annual budget process.

“Our transportation system is more than a network of roads and traffic lanes,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works. “It is an interconnected system of sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, cycling facilities and roads as well as public services like transit, parking and traffic management and regulation of private service providers like taxis, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs – such as Uber and Lyft), towing and delivery vehicles. To continue to build a great city with a resilient transportation system, we have joined together with leaders from across the organization – from Planning & Building to Parks, Forestry & Environment — to consider all the long-term planning aspects of this complex city-wide system.” 

Progress on the actions of the TMP will be tracked and reported annually. Routine updates to the TMP will take place in coordination with updates to the Mississauga Official Plan.

The TMP is the result of Mississauga Moves, a two-year study that combined research and analysis with a public conversation about the future of mobility. The City analysed transportation and transit data, policies, future trends and international best practices. Public engagement took place in-person and online with a dedicated project website. Key community and industry stakeholders as well as other levels of government were also consulted in the process. Over the course of two years, the project team had more than 2,000 face-to-face conversations with community members and made more than 10,000 online connections through the website and social media. 

The full plan is available online. Council is expected to approve the plan next week.