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Newly Expanded Transit Campus Opens in Mississauga

Jun 02, 2009

Today, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Mr. Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Harinder Takhar, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Erindale and Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services, opened the City of Mississauga's expanded transit campus with new bus repair and storage garages to further the City's goal of improving transit and to prepare for increases in ridership.

"We are doing everything we can to make Mississauga a transit-oriented city and show our commitment to ensure we meet the needs of residents and businesses," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "The newly expanded transit campus is an example of what can be done when we put our funding together to move our transit plans forward for the people of Mississauga."

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is working to stimulate the economy and create jobs for Canadians," said MP Dechert. "Together, we can build the infrastructure that will allow Canadians and the economy to thrive now and in the future."

"The new transit facility will improve transit services for residents and commuters who live and work in Mississauga," said Harinder Takhar, MPP for Mississauga-Erindale and Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services.  "It's good to see results from the McGuinty government's record investments in transit."

The Government of Canada recognizes that for communities to remain competitive and prosperous, they need stable long-term infrastructure funding to rely on. By 2010, the City of Mississauga will have received over $49 million in Gas Tax funding to meet its infrastructure needs as well as $39 million in Gas Tax funding through the Region of Peel's allocation.

The province also continues to provide significant financial support for both the operating and capital costs of the City's transit operations.  Since 2004, Ontario has provided $49 million in gas tax funding to Mississauga to improve public transit and will provide an additional $15.9 million in 2009.

"The federal Gas Tax Fund and the Ontario Government's transit and infrastructure funding programs recognize that all three orders of government must work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure and transit investment in Ontario," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). "Federal and provincial infrastructure funding is critical to economic growth, environmental sustainability and the future prosperity of Ontario's communities."

"A total of $84 million is being invested in this project, and we have been able to build a body shop, bus storage garage for 120 buses, a bus repair garage, and renovate existing facilities at our Central Parkway West campus," said Commissioner of Transportation and Works Martin Powell.  Martin explained that the Campus Expansion project is financed predominantly by the Government of Canada through revenues from the Federal Gas Tax program as well as the Province of Ontario. 

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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Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Team Leader, Media External Communications
905-615-3200 extension 5046
catherine.monast@mississauga.ca
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