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Mississauga Puts its Transit Priorities on the Table Metrolinx Investment Strategy

Jun 21, 2013

This week, City Council discussed Mississauga's transit priorities in response to the Metrolinx Investment Strategy adopted by the Metrolinx Board of Directors and sent to the province for comment.

"Metrolinx indicated further discussion will take place with municipalities as well as with the public on the recommendations for funding, policy and operations," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "We will be at that table and are ready to move ahead with Mississauga's projects. Transit is for everybody – it is a regional issue. We need it for the environment, economy and well-being of all our residents and businesses. The ball is now in the province's court. I look forward to hearing more on the province's public consultation process so we can all move ahead on this critical issue."

According to a corporate report presented to Council, Mississauga–related projects included in the proposed Metrolinx Next Wave of transportation improvements are:
• Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT),
• Dundas Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT),
• GO Rail Expansion and GO Lakeshore Express Rail Service – Phase 1 (including electrification), and
• electrification of the Union-Pearson Express

"Transportation improvements are critical for the future prosperity of the City of Mississauga and they are fundamental to an integrated regional system," said city manager and CAO Janice Baker. "Sustainable, long-term transportation funding tools are needed to maintain the economic competitiveness for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). City staff is engaged and will continue to work with Metrolinx and the province once they indicate the next steps in the process."

About Metrolinx
The Metrolinx Investment Strategy was released on May 27. Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the co-ordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. For more information please visit the Metrolinx Investment Strategy website.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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 focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor
Transportation and Works
905-615-3200 ext. 5046
catherine.monast@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151






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