City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

February 20, 2008 17:14 ET

Mississauga's Transit Project Moves Forward: BRT Agreement Signed

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - The contribution agreements for the Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project were signed today by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion; the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of Transportation; and Peter Smith, Chairman of GO Transit.

"The signing of today's agreements will finally allow the BRT project to move ahead," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "I hope that the federal government will take steps in their next budget to increase the level of infrastructure investment in cities across Canada to address the $123 billion infrastructure deficit. The Mississauga BRT project will allow buses to move faster making transit more attractive and help us reduce our dependence on cars and lower emissions. I am pleased to see the federal government investing in transit and let's keep transit on the agenda."

A signing ceremony was held at the Mississauga Transit garage as part of the Government of Canada's transportation action plan for the GTA known as FLOW. "The Mississauga BRT project will see the creation of a new busway allowing Mississauga and GO Transit buses to move through Mississauga without having to deal with traffic congestion," said Martin Powell, Commissioner of Transportation & Works. "The busway will run along the Highway 403, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue corridors and will provide a travel option that is faster and more reliable than using your car."

"The preliminary design phase of the Mississauga BRT project is currently underway," said Geoff Wright, Director of the BRT Project. "Eleven new stations will be constructed as part of the BRT project and we will be seeking public input into the design process through a series of public information sessions to take place in early April."

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 is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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