MiWay puts new bus route on the road in north Mississauga and renews service elsewhere

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Published February 11, 2022 at 4:52 pm

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

MiWay is introducing a new bus route in north Mississauga and restoring service in another busy area of the city as more bus drivers return to work after COVID-19-related absences.

Starting Feb. 21, the new Route 18 McLaughlin-Derry will provide more weekday service between north Mississauga and Brampton.

At the same time, service on Routes 101/101A Dundas Express will be restored to provide more weekday service capacity along the busy Dundas St. corridor.

“All routes in the transit system continue to be monitored regularly so that service levels are responsive to customers’ needs,” said Geoff Marinoff, the City of Mississauga’s transit director. “MiWay continues to allocate service capacity where it’s needed and restore services that were temporarily suspended as our staffing levels continue to stabilize.”

Earlier this week, a busy MiWay route serving Mississauga university students came back online after a temporary suspension of service.

At one point, several weeks ago, about 16 per cent of MiWay drivers were off work due to COVID-19, City officials say. The absences forced officials with Mississauga’s transit provider to reshuffle service across the network.

With the number of absences starting to decrease about two weeks ago, and that trend continuing, MiWay brass has gradually restored bus service.

The new Route 18 McLaughlin-Derry is an alternative to Route 66 McLaughlin and will provide riders transferring to or from Route 42 Derry with more options to connect to MiWay and Brampton Transit, MiWay officials say.

Meanwhile, the restoration of Routes 101/101A service will provide greater weekday service capacity along the Dundas corridor and between University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and Kipling Bus Terminal at the Mississauga/Toronto border.

Those routes were temporarily suspended on Jan. 7.

Other MiWay service changes to take effect on Feb. 21 include:

  • more frequent service to match increased customer demand on Routes 2 Hurontario (weekdays during the afternoon/evening peak period) and 61 Mavis (weekdays during the late evening)
  • weekday service frequency reductions to match decreased customer demand on routes 48 Erin Mills, 73 Kamato and 74 Explorer
  • schedule adjustments will be made on several routes to improve service reliability
  • MiWay will operate on a holiday schedule on Family Day and Good Friday, and some routes will not operate on these days due to low customer demand

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