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City of Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit Project: Construction Begins

Aug 17, 2010

Today, the start of construction for the City of Mississauga's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project was marked at an event attended by Mayor Hazel McCallion, Members of Council, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga Erindale, Harinder Takhar, Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister of Government Services for the Province of Ontario and Rob Pritchard, CEO of Metrolinx.

"This transit project is unprecedented and the largest the City has undertaken in its history," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "It represents the future of Mississauga and our Council's commitment to develop transit. The BRT will give people more and better transit options and help support continued growth."

The City of Mississauga is constructing BRT Project infrastructure in the City Centre as well as the busway corridor and stations from Hurontario Street to Renforth Station. GO, a Division of Metrolinx, is constructing the busway and stations from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Erin Mills Parkway. Construction will continue over the next few years with completion expected in 2013.

"Construction is already underway on the Mississauga BRT with utility relocations in advance of the main construction contracts," said Geoff Wright, Director, Transportation Project Office. "The project involved public consultation on aspects of service delivery and station design to help us make the BRT as effective as possible. When completed, the busway will allow riders to connect with a variety of routes and services and will operate faster and more reliably than buses operating in mixed traffic."

Mississauga's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project

The City of Mississauga, in partnership with GO Transit, is constructing a new busway which will run along the Highway 403, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue corridors. Mississauga Transit and GO Transit buses will have exclusive use of this busway to help move thousands of riders quickly and efficiently through Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The BRT Project is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, GO Transit and the City of Mississauga through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

BRT Financial Information

Project Funding $249 million

• Canada $83 million
• Ontario $83 million
• Mississauga $59 million
• GO Transit $24 million

Private Land (not part of Federal Agreement)

• Ontario $5 million
• Mississauga $5 million

For more information on the BRT Project:

• visit the BRT site
• email transit.info@mississauga.ca
• telephone 905-615-4636

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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Related Links:
   BRT Fall 2009 Newsletter - Volume 3
   BRT Fall 2008 Newsletter - Volume Two
   BRT Spring 2008 Newsletter - Volume 1


Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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