New rapid bus line will link Mississauga with other regions along major road

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Published June 21, 2024 at 1:02 pm

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The Dundas Bus Rapid Transit project is still in the planning stages. When completed years down the road, the 48-kilometre bus route will run from Hamilton all the way to Mississauga and Toronto. (Photo: Metrolinx)

A major transportation project that will bring a bus rapid transit route to Mississauga and several other municipalities will enter its next key phase starting Monday.

The Dundas BRT is a 48-kilometre express bus line that will cut an east-west path from the Kipling Transit Hub in Toronto to Highway 6 in Hamilton by way of Mississauga and Halton. It’s being built over the next number of years and will run 17 kilometres along Dundas Street in Mississauga.

Provincial transit agency Metrolinx and the City of Mississauga are working together to complete the huge bus line. They’re hosting a fourth round of public engagement starting June 24 and continuing until July 24.

Included in the latest public feedback period is a virtual open house scheduled for July 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. For more details on the public session and the project in general, visit the Dundas BRT project web page.

It’s expected that millions of commuters in Mississauga and places west of Canada’s seventh-largest city will benefit from the Dundas BRT once it’s up and running some years down the road (see video below).

It will run for 17 kilometres through Mississauga, including the Mississauga East portion of the route that runs seven kilometres from Etobicoke Creek in the east to Confederation Parkway in the west.

There are three other segments to the massive project: Mississauga West (Confederation Parkway west to Ninth Line), Toronto (Kipling Transit Hub to Etobicoke Creek) and Halton/Hamilton (Ninth Line west to Highway 6).

The project calls for about 20 kilometres of the route to be a bus-only lane or dedicated right-of-way, separate from other traffic. 

 

Metrolinx said earlier the design will allow for “faster and more reliable transit connections” across the region. They noted the Dundas BRT, first introduced to residents and businesses in April 2021, will fill a significant transportation void in Mississauga and beyond.

“Right now, there’s no continuous east-west transit service along Dundas Street, which impacts connectivity and accessibility for residents, workers and commuters,” Metrolinx officials said earlier. 

According to Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area welcomes some 110,000 new residents each year and it’s expected to be home to more than 10 million people by 2041.

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