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Construction starts on west segment of the Mississauga Transitway

November 30, 2013
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MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the
Regions of Quebec; Bob Delaney, Member of Provincial Parliament for
Mississauga—Streetsville; Her Worship Hazel McCallion, Mayor of
Mississauga; and Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx, today
marked the start of the west segment construction of the Mississauga
Transitway.

Set to open in 2016, the Mississauga Transitway west segment will
feature a two-lane, 1.5- kilometre bus-only road on the north side of
Highway 403. It will also boast two new state-of-the-art stations at
Winston Churchill Boulevard and Erin Mills Parkway. MiWay and GO
Transit will service the transitway.

“I’m pleased to see the Mississauga Transitway project continue to move
forward,” said Minister Raitt. “Projects such as this one will help
increase economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents
in Mississauga by providing a more efficient transit option, while
cutting commute times and taking more cars off the road.”

“Building public transit helps create good jobs, cuts traffic congestion
and gets us where we need to be, whether that’s work, school, or the
mall,” said MPP Delaney. “Our support for this project is strengthening
our community and boosting our economy.”

“The Mississauga Transitway will provide better and faster transit
service to the citizens of Mississauga and our neighbouring
municipalities,” said Mayor McCallion. “Residents rate transportation
as their number one concern. Our residents want less gridlock and
better transit. This project is helping to deliver that.”

“We’re proud to mark another significant step in developing a truly
integrated regional transportation network,” said Mr. McCuaig.
“Metrolinx is committed to implementing our regional transportation
plan, The Big Move, and furthering our progress across the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area. Starting construction on the west segment of
the Mississauga Transitway is tangible evidence that real, meaningful
change is already happening in Mississauga.”

The west segment from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Erin Mills Parkway
is being constructed by Metrolinx. The City of Mississauga is
constructing the easterly corridor, a section of which will open in
2014 with stations at Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie

When fully completed in 2016, the 18-kilometre transitway will have 12
stations, beginning at Winston Churchill Boulevard in the west and
ending at Renforth Drive in the east. From the west, passengers will
travel on a dedicated transitway from Winston Churchill Boulevard to
Erin Mills Parkway. Buses will then travel on existing bus-only lanes
on Highway 403 from Erin Mills Parkway to Mississauga’s downtown core
via Centre View Drive and Rathburn Road. The transitway then continues
along a dedicated corridor that runs parallel to Highway 403 and north
of Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue to Renforth Station. From
there, buses will continue travelling to Pearson International Airport
and the Toronto Transit Commission’s Islington subway station.

The Mississauga Transitway project is a partnership between all levels
of government. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $83
million
to the project through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure
Fund: $59 million to the City of Mississauga for the east segment and
$24 million to Metrolinx for the west segment. The Province of Ontario
has provided $65 million to the City of Mississauga to support the
project and is contributing another $48 million to Metrolinx for
investments in GO Transit assets related to the transitway. The City of
Mississauga and Metrolinx will fund the remaining project costs.

SOURCE Transport Canada

Article source: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/construction-starts-west-segment-mississauga-160500162.html

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