Bus services added as tens of thousands of Mississauga students return to school

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Published August 22, 2022 at 12:02 pm

MiWay service changes in Mississauga
(Photo: City of Mississauga)

MiWay, Mississauga’s public transit provider, will significantly ramp up bus service starting Sept. 5 as tens of thousands of high school and post-secondary students head back to classes for the fall.

“Starting Monday, Sept. 5, there will be MiWay service changes that include adjusting service levels in the transit network to match growing ridership demand along key corridors, resuming regular service to post-secondary and high schools as students return to class, and allocating blue buses on two local (non-express) routes to help redistribute resources and improve service reliability,” MiWay officials said in a news release today (Aug. 22).

While officials note that the 300-series routes to high schools will resume service, the afternoon trip on routes 304 (Father Goetz-Mississauga Valley) and 335 (Glenforest South) will be cancelled due to low demand.

MiWay adds that blue buses will be allocated to routes 11 Westwood and 66 McLaughlin on weekdays and weekends to “deliver a consistent customer experience, as orange 40-foot and 60-foot buses are reassigned to busier routes to support service reliability and address overcrowding.”

Meanwhile, MiWay bus service to University of Toronto Mississauga is also being increased for the fall as students return to in-person learning.

Routes 101/101 A Dundas Express will both service UTM on weekdays as the students return to campus.

Route 110 University Express will also provide regular service to and from the UTM campus. The Route 110 bus stop at City Centre Transit Terminal will be relocated to Platform L due to construction in the area.

Also, Route 107 Malton Express will resume service to Humber College North Campus as students return to classes. Weekday schedules will be updated, MiWay officials say.

More generally, service will also be increased on five busy MiWay bus routes starting Sept. 5.

Officials say among the changes set to be introduced next month are increased services along some routes in response to ridership growth. Both frequency of buses and passenger capacity will be increased.

Routes to see increased service are:

  • 35 Eglinton-Ninth Line (weekdays)
  • 42 Derry (Saturday/Sunday)
  • 61 Mavis (Saturday/Sunday)
  • 66 McLaughlin (weekdays)
  • 107 Malton Express (weekdays)

MiWay is also reducing service in places, officials say, in response to the numbers.

“Service will be reduced on several routes where customer demand and ridership is consistently low. These reductions were identified after a comprehensive review of ridership across the MiWay network,” officials say. “The resources saved from these reductions will be reinvested elsewhere in the network to address overcrowding and increase capacity where needed.”

Meanwhile, transit officials remind people that holiday service hours will be in effect on Labour Day (Sept. 5) and Thanksgiving (Oct. 10).

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