City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

October 10, 2007 17:01 ET

City of Mississauga Moves Ahead on Hurontario High-Order Transit and Bus Rapid Transit Project Funding to Reduce Gridlock

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2007) - City of Mississauga moves ahead with plans to reduce gridlock as Council approves two items: a higher-order transit feasibility study for Hurontario Street and a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) funding agreement.

High-Order Transit on Hurontario Street

The City of Mississauga is working with the City of Brampton to hire a consultant team to do a high-order transit feasibility study on Hurontario Street from Port Credit to Queen Street in the City of Brampton.

"It's about helping people travel quickly and efficiently on this key north-south corridor as it carries the highest transit ridership of any Mississauga Transit corridor, with 25,000 riders each day," said commissioner of Transportation and Works Martin Powell. "It also links to GO Transit commuter rail stations and future BRT routes. Both Mississauga's and Brampton's transit master plans envisioned this high-order transit corridor for many years."

A $4.4 million budget has been allocated by the City for the project studies and environmental assessment process for the Hurontario corridor with half the funding provided by the province. Powell says following approval of the report the study should be completed by the end of 2008.

Bus Rapid Transit Funding Agreement

The City of Mississauga will be entering into an agreement with the federal government to receive its share of BRT funding under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) Act.

"Moving in Mississauga through transit will become the preferred choice for many," said Powell. "The Mississauga BRT Project will see the creation of a high-efficiency east-west transit corridor across Mississauga. It will run along the Highway 403, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue corridors connecting Winston Churchill Boulevard to Renforth Drive. We expect full BRT service to be operational in 2012."

The Mississauga BRT project costs of $259 million are going to be split between the City of Mississauga, GO Transit, the Province of Ontario and federal government.

Mississauga's component of the BRT project under the CSIF agreement are approximately $177 million with the federal government contributing up to $59 million. Mississauga previously received a grant of $62.8 million in 2006 for the BRT from the province of Ontario.

For more information on Mississauga BRT and Transit programs visit www.mississaugatransit.ca.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is recognized as Canada's safest city.

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