MiWay Set to Service Two New Mississauga Transitway Stations
There have been quite a few transit announcements in Mississauga lately and it looks like another has come down the chute.
The city recently announced that on May 1, the final two Mississauga Transitway stations will open.
Spectrum Station and Orbitor Station will soon be open to commuters in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre and will allow riders to travel directly from Winston Churchill Blvd. in the west to Commerce Blvd. in the east.
"The Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre is a key economic hub in the city and Routes 107 and 109 will begin servicing these two new stations on May 1," said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. "This will allow for easier connections to Mississauga's downtown core and neighbouring municipalities. These stations will allow passengers faster travel across our city that is uninterrupted by traffic congestion."
MiWay will extend service in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre from Etobicoke Creek Station to the two new stations. Construction of the Mississauga Transitway includes 25 overpasses and underpasses allowing continuous travel on the dedicated bus corridor.
As of now, 11 stations are complete—along with 17 clicks of the 18 kilometre transitway. MiWay also offers dedicated bus service at Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, City Centre Transit Terminal (Rathburn Road and Hurontario Street), Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken, Dixie, Tahoe and Etobicoke Creek.
Renforth Gateway, the final station constructed by Metrolinx, is scheduled to open in fall 2017.
The city says that with the opening of Spectrum and Orbitor stations, a multi-use trail that is in the design phase will be located beside the transitway to provide better connections to the stations.
Cyclists might be happy to hear that bicycle lock ups are available at every station, and bicycle roll-ups are installed at stations with stairs.
Stations are fully accessible and offer transit riders heated and enclosed waiting areas as well as a public service announcement system.
Interestingly enough, seven of the new transitway stations boast permanent public art pieces Building Colour, created by artist Panya Clark Espinal.
According to the city, the artwork uses a combination of sculptural components made of bronze, glass, colour changing LED lighting and touch sensitive pieces. The intent of Building Colour is to use artwork to create a work site which is unoccupied by its workers.
When fully complete in fall 2017, the transitway will have 12 stations from Winston Churchill in the west to Renforth Gateway in the east. Ideally, the dedicated bus corridor will reduce travel times and make travel connections from Renforth Station to Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Bloor-Danforth Subway line easier via Highway 427.
Mississauga is the first municipality in the GTA to construct a dedicated transitway.