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MiWay Accessible Transit - Out With Old, In With The New

Nov 24, 2011

Media tour of new accessible MiLocal buses

The City of Mississauga's MiWay Transit is marking the retirement of its last high-floor bus from service on December 1, and highlighting its replacement - new accessible buses.

"By the end of 2011, about 80 per cent of all MiWay routes will be designated as fully accessible - another step toward achieving our strategic vision of a transit-oriented city," said Geoff Marinoff, director of Transit. "The retirement of the last high-floor bus is a milestone for MiWay Transit because it marks a new fleet of accessible buses that will make travelling easier for all of our customers."

The accessibility improvements include courtesy seating reserved for individuals with disabilities, automated next stop announcement technology, and improvements to practices and procedures, explained Rabia Khedr, citizen member and chair of the Mississauga Accessibility Advisory Committee.

"MiWay Transit has a come a long way in providing better service to individuals with disabilities," said Rabia Khedr. "Transit has been identified as a strategic pillar for the City of Mississauga's future and it is critical that we continually work in partnership to ensure we provide accessible service for all."

What:
Media are invited to see MiWay accessibility improvements

When:
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 1:45 p.m.

Where:
City Centre Transit Terminal
200 Rathburn Rd. W. (outside platform level near Route 53 bus stop, by MiWay event tent) Mississauga, Ontario

Event Details:
A photo opportunity will be available as the final passengers depart the Route 53 South high-floor bus. A new 40-foot accessible MiLocal bus will depart for a short media tour in the City's downtown core. MiWay's director of Transit and representatives from the City's Accessibility Advisory Committee will be available for interviews.

Visit www.miway.ca/accessibility for information on MiWay accessible service.

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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
905-615-3200 ext. 5232
kimberly.hicks@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151






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