MiWay Making Commuting Easier Than Ever Before for Mississauga Commuters
There's a common misconception in Mississauga and surrounding cities that using transit is more complicated than simply getting into a car and driving, but with recent upgrades and improvements to Mississauga's vast—and efficient—transit network, bus travel has truly never been easier.
In fact, the Mississauga Transitway is a gamechanger in the city that makes it easier for residents to check out their favourite local sports teams (including both Mississauga and Toronto-based teams), get to work and get to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
But while most people know that they can always hop on a bus in Mississauga, not everyone knows everything there is to know about the Mississauga Transitway.
"The Mississauga Transitway offers limited stop, express service from Winston Churchill to Renforth Drive, bypassing traffic on Mississauga’s busy streets," said Erin Beaudoin, Marketing Consultant, MiWay.
The 18 kilometre transitway has 12 stations beginning at Winston Churchill Boulevard in the west and ending at Renforth Drive in the east. It boasts stops at Cawthra, Central Parkway, City Centre Transit Terminal, Dixie, Erin Mills, Etobicoke Creek, Orbitor, Renforth, Spectrum, Tahoe, Tomken and Winston Churchill.
Residents should also note that the transitway is truly one of a kind.
The Mississauga Transitway, beyond being the first dedicated bus corridor to be built within the area, is part of Metrolinx's regional transportation plan, The Big Move, to build over 1,200 kilometres of rapid transit.
That's more than triple what exists now.
The system makes it easy to get around not just the city, but a huge swath of the GTA.
The transitway offers limited stop express service from Winston Churchill to Renforth Drive and connects to GO Transit at five stations (Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, CCTT, Dixie and Renforth), Brampton Transit (CCTT, Dixie Station) and the TTC at Renforth Station.
Riders should also note that there are north/south MiWay routes that connect to the stations and free parking is available at four stations (Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, Dixie and Cawthra).
Interestingly enough, select stations even offer public art.
Also, all stations are fully accessible, include bike lock up areas and include enclosed heated waiting areas (which is perfect for the upcoming winter).
Beyond moving people easily, it connects them to the things that matter most: work, play and the country's largest and most significant airport (and airport that employs over 45,000 people).
While the four first stations opened in 2014, the last station, Renforth opened in 2017, completing the long-awaited transit project. What's more exciting still is the launch of the brand new 100 Airport Express Route that runs exclusively from Winston Churchill to the airport.
In fact, the new Route 100-Airport Express is a limited-stop express route that connects customers in west Mississauga to the city’s downtown core and continue on to the airport. It travels from Winston Churchill station to Terminal 1 (east only) and to Terminal 3 (via City Centre Transit Terminal, Renforth Station, and Terminal 1), increasing transitway service. Service is available from Monday to Friday between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., departing every 16 minutes.
The new route stops at all transitway stations and offer connections to TTC service (at Renforth), GO bus service (Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, City Centre, Dixie and Renforth) and Brampton Transit (Dixie and City Centre).
That route launched on Oct. 29 and MiWay is already receiving positive feedback. Fortunately for active residents, the transitway helps commuters ditch the car and still get to their recreational and professional destinations.
"The transitway can connect families within the city to various sporting events, or other things that are happening," says Beaudoin.
With winter fast approaching, residents are already planning outings to Steelheads, Maple Leaf and Raptors (and, of course, Raptors 905) games.
Fortunately for sports enthusiasts, the transitway makes it easy to check out a game.
"Transitway routes service can get you to Islington Station directly, providing good connections to downtown."
The launch of the new airport route will also make life easier for residents.
"There has been demand for direct airport service and the completion of Renforth Station helps make a service like Route 100 possible. People used to have to transfer, and now they can take an express bus right in," says Beaudoin.
"It'll be great for airport employees."
The transitway will also help riders get to work.
"This is a great way to get to work," says Beaudoin. "There are lots of stations in the Airport Corporate Centre and the service provides connections to other business and industrial parks.
We're going to get you everywhere and in between."
You can see a map of the business connections here:
And while the completed system is relatively new, residents have been loving it so far.
"We've seen ridership continue to grow on transitway routes thanks to the continued investment in new service," explains Beaudoin.
And now that residents can get to the airport faster than ever before, the system will only get more popular—especially since it's also cost effective.
"There is no cost difference to travel on the transitway route," says Beaudoin, adding that buses arrive every five minutes during peak times and that clean, comfortable, fully accessible stations make commuting more comfortable.
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