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MiWay Fare Changes: Student and Child Transit Fares to Remain Discounted

Mar 29, 2011

On April 4, 2011 fares for students and children and cash fares for all passengers will not change. Tickets and passes for adults and seniors will increase.

"Public transit is a critical service for youth," said Geoff Marinoff, director of Transit. "A student monthly pass provides youth with an unlimited number of rides each day. It's much less expensive than the cost of owning and operating a vehicle, especially with high gas prices. Families could save thousands of dollars each year by choosing to ride our transit system regularly, instead of owning and operating another family vehicle."

Fare Changes:
Students and Children - unchanged (at $3.00 for 2011)
Cash Fares - unchanged
Adult Tickets - increase by $0.10 per ticket
Senior Tickets - increase by $.05 per ticket
Adult Monthly Passes - increase by $9
Senior Monthly Passes - increase by $3

According to the latest (2010) edition of the Canadian Automobile Association's (CAA) "Driving Costs" publication, the annual costs of owning and operating a four-door sedan is $9,454 and $12,779 for a minivan, when the vehicle is driven 24,000 km per year. The publication is available at www.caa.ca.

"A student monthly pass offers real value by comparison - it's only $101 per month, or $1,212 per year for twelve monthly passes. Monthly passes also qualify for a federal public transit tax credit," said Marinoff.

According to Marinoff the changes taking effect to the City's transit fares are to maintain a balance between riders and taxpayers, and to address rising fuel, labour and insurance costs. The City has not changed transit fares since 2009. For a complete list of fares, visit www.miway.ca/fares.

Customers can find customized route and schedule information at www.miway.ca or by calling 905-615-INFO (4636) for customer information. To view scheduled departure times on a smartphone or other mobile device, visit m.miway.ca.

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 "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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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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