MiWay Celebrates Huge Ridership Growth in Mississauga
Published December 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm
It’s been a little more than two years since MiWay launched its Mississauga Transitway project back in November 2014. The transitway, which we’ve written about a few times in the past, is designed to improve public transportation in the city with a dedicated transit system that should reduce overall travel/wait times.
Now, fast forwarding to the present: A recent report from MiWay shows that weekday ridership has grown by 70 per cent since the transitway’s opening.
“We are on track to reach our goal of five million boardings on the transitway by the time the entire 12 station dedicated transitway is complete in 2017,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works.
According to the report, service levels and passenger travel on the east-west transitway have increased since the original four stations opened in 2014.
“There has been steady growth on MiExpress routes 107, 109 and MiLocal 21,” reports Patrick Phaneuf, acting Director of Transit. “Daily weekday ridership has increased from 8,000 on opening day in 2014 to 13,600 riders in October 2016 – a 70 per cent increase in riders travelling on the transitway.”
Development is continuing and the final station on the west side, Winston Churchill, is set to open at the end of the year. Phaneuf said that MiWay will increase express service, routes and frequency of buses once all 12 stations are open in 2017.
“The entire dedicated transitway will make travel more efficient across the city,” he said. “Passengers travelling from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth station will save 15 to 18 minutes.”
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