Ontario Construction News staff writer
A joint investment of more than $675 million will support three public transit infrastructure projects in Mississauga.
“These investments will significantly strengthen our local transit system while helping us reach our climate targets,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Funding to build rapid bus transit along Dundas Street, in particular, will make it easier for residents to travel to and from Mississauga and is critical for regional economic growth and recovery.
“The Dundas BRT will further strengthen our east to west connections, reducing travel times and connecting people to more job opportunities and businesses to more customers.”
A funding announcement last week included more than $271 million from the Government of Canada, more than $225 million from the Government of Ontario and more than $180 million from the City of Mississauga to be used for:
- design and construction of the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit corridor in Mississauga along Dundas Street, from Cooksville to the Etobicoke border
- upgrades to Mississauga’s existing bus corridors, including the construction of queue jump lanes to reduce traffic, passenger wait times and delays and improve the overall experience of public transit for users
- purchase of 358 second-generation hybrid buses to replace existing diesel vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality and reliability of transit in Mississauga
“We are committed to pursuing every opportunity for investment from other levels of government to help fund sustainable infrastructure for our transit system,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “This investment helps us encourage transit usage and provide customers with integrated and convenient transit options that meet their daily needs, advancing our Strategic Plan goal of developing a transit-oriented city.”