Nov 19, 2010
A groundbreaking ceremony was held today to mark the start of construction of Tomken
Station, along the Mississauga bus rapid transit corridor. Her Worship Hazel McCallion, Mayor
of Mississauga; Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament, Mississauga-Erindale; Amrit Mangat,
parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Transportation and Member of Provincial Parliament
for Mississauga-Brampton South; and Judy Knight, Metrolinx vice-president of Corporate
Infrastructure, participated in the event.
This project, which is expected to start service in spring 2013, will improve local and
inter-regional bus operations across the City of Mississauga. The system will cover 18
kilometres across Mississauga along the Highway 403, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue
corridors between Winston Churchill Boulevard in the west and Renforth Drive in the east. A
total of 12 stations will be constructed along the route, with 11 new stations and one existing
station incorporated into the busway.
"We are making Mississauga a transit-oriented city," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.
"The bus rapid transit system 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. It is the key to our
city's future and that of the GTA. Regional transit links will connect people with cities, fuel
our economies and improve the environment."
"Investments in public transit create jobs and boost the Canadian economy," said MP
Dechert. "This rapid transit system will provide commuters in Mississauga with a more
efficient transit option, while cutting commute times and taking more cars off the
"We are pleased to work with our government partners as part of our Open Ontario plan to
create jobs and improve public transit across this important transportation corridor,"
said PA Mangat. "We are working together to create an integrated transportation network
across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This network will make it easier for the people
of Mississauga to travel across the region."
"We are pleased to work with our government partners to improve public transit in Peel
Ms. Knight. "We are working together to bring an integrated transportation network for all
of our customers, making it easier for them to move around."
The federal funding for this project was announced on March 6, 2007, as part of FLOW, an
initiative of the Government of Canada for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that is designed to
reduce congestion, cut commute times, help clear the air and help drive the economy in the GTA.
Provincial funding for this project was announced in the 2006 Ontario budget.
Read more about Open Ontario the Ontario government's five-year plan that includes
$32 billion in infrastructure, and creating and sustaining over 300,000 jobs at
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000
businesses, including 63 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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