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New MiWay Accessible Buses Hit the Streets

Nov 07, 2011

The City of Mississauga's MiWay Transit added 43 new fuel efficient and fully accessible buses on the roads this month to serve customers on local MiWay routes.


"The new MiLocal orange buses are fully accessible and feature modern customer amenities that support our customer-service focus," said Geoff Marinoff, director of Transit. "Our new fuel efficient buses allow us to move closer to the City's strategic direction of developing a transit-oriented city that is environmentally responsible."

All 43 new buses are expected to be in service by mid-November and replace the last of the 15-year-old high-floor buses in the City's transit fleet.

The new buses feature:

• larger windows, new fabric seating and LED lighting
• a front entrance ramp to accommodate customers with wheelchairs and scooters to more easily
    board and access designated priority seating
• single seats, rather than double seats, on the driver's side of the bus to help improve the
    boarding process by expanding the aisle width in the lower area of the bus
• automated next stop announcement technology, which is now installed on all MiWay buses, to
    help passengers of all ages and abilities
• PRESTO card readers to offer a wider range of service to our customers by allowing them to pay
    fares using the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) -wide electronic fare card
• video/audio surveillance systems to enhance passenger safety and security while protecting
    rights to privacy
• lighter weight bus, contributing to more efficient use of fuel

"These 43 new buses are a huge step in achieving a more accessible city that addresses the needs of our growing population of older adults and persons with disabilities," said Diana Simpson, accessibility co-ordinator.

For customized route and schedule information visit www.miway.ca or call 905-615-INFO (4636). View scheduled departure times on a smartphone or other mobile device at m.miway.ca or download the MiWay iPhone/iPod Touch application from the Apple iTunes App Store (www.miway.ca/app).

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:
Kimberly Hicks
Public Affairs Consultant
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5232
kimberly.hicks@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151

 






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