MiWay adjusts service as Mississauga slowly reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic
Commuters should note that more changes are coming to MiWay service as Mississauga slowly reopens about three months into the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Mississauga recently announced that on June 1, 2020, MiWay is realigning service to meet the changing travel needs of customers whose commutes have been affected by the pandemic.
Some changes include new Saturday and Sunday schedules for 2 Hurontario, reduced weekday service and new Saturday schedules for 3 Bloor, reduced weekday service for 4 Sherway Gardens, reduced weekday service, new weekday and weekend schedules for 6 Credit Woodlands, and reduced weekday service and new weekday schedules for 8 Cawthra.
You can see all the changes here.
The city says service adjustments include the reallocation of selected trips to busier routes in order to accommodate returning customers as the reopening phases begin.
On Canada Day—Wednesday, July 1—buses will operate on a holiday schedule and service will be cancelled on the following four routes:
- 6 Credit Woodlands
- 28 Confederation
- 35 Eglinton-Ninth Line
- 68 Terry Fox
While MiWay has remained an essential service over the course of the novel coronavirus crisis, the system has undergone significant changes and has stopped collecting fares for the time being.
While the City of Mississauga has not yet decided when it will reinstate fares for MiWay riders, it has taken steps to allow for safe front-door boarding--and therefore fare collection--in the not-too-distant future.
At an April 29 press conference, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie announced that MiWay will be adding temporary biohazard barriers on buses to provide additional protection for operators. These shields are being installed in advance of a return to front door customer boarding and will need to be in place before fare collection can safely resume.
Fares were temporarily waved in March when the city announced that riders would only be permitted to board buses from the back to protect drivers and comply with physical distancing regulations.
Customers who need to use the ramp to board the bus are still permitted to enter through the front doors.
Some seats on MiWay buses have been blocked off to allow for physical distancing and riders are asked to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when travelling.
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