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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Part 2: Buses and Rails!

So on Day 1, I told you about Mississauga’s exciting Let Your Green Show Campaign to get their citizens engaged in making Mississauga’s recently approved “Living Green Master Plan” a reality. Well, a big component of any city’s journey towards sustainability is to start tackling what is arguably the most significant environmental challenge faced by many North American cities: the dominance of single-occupant vehicles as the preferred travel method. With that in mind, Mississauga has embarked on a multi-year plan to bring affordable, easy to use, rapid transit within the reach of more Mississauga residents than ever before.

At the heart of Mississauga’s transit plans are transportation spines taking residents from East to West and from North to South. The Highway 403/ Eastgate Parkway/ Eglinton Avenue East which runs directly through Mississauga, forms the central East-West corridor of the City’s transit plans with the development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route along that corridor. Buses will run on dedicated lanes, sometimes in the shoulder lane of the highway and sometimes on specially-designed lanes on away from the highway.

The Station and the Overpass for the BRT at Central Parkway.

The BRT Underpass at Cawthra.

The Highway 403/ Eastgate Parkway/ Eglinton Avenue East spine will provide a connection to the Metrolinx‘s The Big Move plan, which aims to provide quick, accessible public transit for all residents across the GTHA. One of the key components to Mississauga’s future transit plans is the construction of an LRT on Hurontario Street, which is proposed to stretch all the way from Elizabeth on the Lakeshore to the Brampton GO Station in the North, connecting with the Port Credit and Cooksville GO Stations, as well as providing connections with the Square One Transit Terminal and the Shopper’s World Transit Terminal. This LRT line would connect to various bus routes in Mississauga, to Brampton Transit, to Go Transit and to the Toronto Transit Commission, and with the integration of the Presto Card into all of these systems, it will make traveling via transit a much more seamless process.

The BRT Roadway network at Cawthra under construction.

A rendering of what the LRT might look like.

It’s an exciting time to be a Mississauga resident. With the development of the downtown area, there is more opportunity than ever for residents to work where they live, to take transit to anywhere in the GTHA and to think about leaving their car at home. It’s going to be a fun trip. But for now, I’m ready to see some exciting innovations in Mississauga, so I head out for, of all places, a fire training centre. Join me tomorrow, it promises to be a great time!

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One Comment on “My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Part 2: Buses and Rails!”

  1. misslgblog October 24, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Reblogged this on mississaugalivinggreen.

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