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City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

February 13, 2015 10:30 ET

Mississauga Benefits from Newly Improved Public Transit Service

Projects possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 13, 2015) -

Mississauga residents are benefitting from state-of-the-art transit technologies and a 14% increase in their transit fleet, thanks to contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund. Representatives gathered today at the Central Parkway Transit Campus to celebrate the addition of new vehicles to serve commuters and the modernisation of services to improve public transit across the region.

Since 2009, the City has purchased a total of 168 new buses, replacing 112 older vehicles and increasing its fleet to meet the demand and growing needs of residents and visitors. The new accessible, low floor, kneeling buses are equipped with ramps that allow passengers to board and exit the bus with ease. Voice and visual stop announcement systems call out and display pre-recorded stop information onboard, alerting passengers of the next stop. Meanwhile, buses also feature external audio-visual displays announcing the route name, number and direction, to help ensure that all customers have access to the information they require. These features are especially beneficial for riders with visual or hearing impairments.

Paying bus fares has also become easier, thanks to the installation of Presto reloadable smart card fare payment devices and new points of sale for cards at the City Centre Transit Terminal and Mississauga community centres. Presto is accepted by all Greater Toronto Area (GTA) service providers, offering riders a more convenient, flexible and affordable form of payment for transit.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed $53,600,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer towards these projects.

  • The City of Mississauga was responsible for the remaining $56,800,000 of the total project cost of $110,400,000.

  • To date, a total of $152,481,306 has been made available to Mississauga through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

Quotes

"Public transit is important to the future growth and quality of life in Mississauga and the GTA, which is why I am pleased to support the City of Mississauga's decision to invest $53,600,000 of the federal Gas Tax Fund in the purchase of these impressive new buses. This investment, along with investments in Go Transit and the Mississauga Transitway, will make people's daily commute to work, school and health care appointments faster and easier and will benefit our environment by encouraging Mississauga residents to leave their cars at home."

Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"This is an important investment toward improving public transit service and accessibility for all Mississauga residents. The addition of new MiWay buses - fully equipped with modern technology - will better ensure students, seniors, families, and commuters can travel throughout Mississauga easier and more reliably. I am committed to working with all Members of Council to partner with the federal government to deliver real results for the people of Mississauga."

Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/home-accueil-eng.html

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Catherine Monast
    Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
    City of Mississauga
    905-615-3200 ext. 5046
    cell: 289-242-1444
    catherine.monast@mississauga.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca