Transit problems have led to missed classes, Mississauga students say

Published October 3, 2022 at 5:41 pm

University of Toronto Mississauga students say they are fed up with the inadequate transportation service that gets them to and from campus and they are demanding some changes.

The students say Mississauga Transit and shuttle buses provided by the university are unreliable and often overcrowded, which, they say, has led to missed classes and frustration all around.

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) has reached out to both the City of Mississauga and UTM officials but say solutions have been slow in coming.

Data shows that a majority of students who attend the UTM campus on Mississauga Rd. just north of Dundas St. W. rely on provided transit to get them to classes.

However, since the school year that began in September, students say infrequent service and subsequent overcrowding has made it difficult to catch a bus and get to classes on time.

“It’s frustrating waiting for a bus and when it arrives it is too crowded to get on,” said Miriam Salam. “We rely on the buses and it’s just not working out.”

While both Mississauga Transit and the university work towards solving the problem, some point to the general shortage of bus drivers as the reason for the delays.

A person familiar with the situation told that all bus services across the GTA and beyond are competing to attract drivers. This has led to the problems the university is facing as well as local school boards.

As students head into the second month of the school year, representatives of the UTMSU say they are continuing to negotiate with the service providers to provide a solution. In the meantime they suggest students reach out to the City of Mississauga and the university to express their concerns.



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