Last Friday Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie along with Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, Geoff Wright Commissioner of Transportation and Works and a group of stakeholders, councillors, and media hopped aboard the Route 100- Airport Express for a ride to Pearson International Airport. It was a celebration of sorts for Mississauga as it achieved a major transit achievement that will help business and travelers get to and from the airport at a speed that is rarely possible on gridlocked roads and highways.
Route 100 better known as the Airport Express began service on October 29th and operates every 16 minutes, Monday to Friday between 4 am and 7 pm. It runs along the dedicated bus-only Mississauga Transitway that starts at Winston Churchill Station and stops at all 12 transitway stations before getting to Pearson Airport Terminals 1 and 3.
The bus ride from Mississauga City Hall to Pearson Airport took just under 30 minutes give or take a few minutes that were lost due to traffic gridlock near Square One.
An ebullient Mayor Crombie sat besides Minister Bains and together they took questions from the media as the bus glided smoothly along the spanking new transitway.
“This new route offers a quick, efficient and more affordable way for residents, visitors and thousands of airport employees to get to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Mayor Crombie. “It is also good for business because it makes it easier for international companies such as Bayer Inc. and Morguard to move employees from the airport to their offices in Mississauga. By strengthening regionally connected transit, we are helping create jobs and grow our economy.”
Route 100 – Airport Express, was made possible in part from the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding program – an equal cost sharing funding program in which the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada each contributed $58 million. The joint funding program is helping the City deliver service improvements that include the purchase of 13 new buses, 80 replacement buses and the rehabilitation of more than 280 buses, enabling the launch of new services and service improvements to existing routes along key commuter corridors.
“Mississauga residents now have better transit options to access the Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Minister Bains. “Our government is helping create a new route that will serve the growing needs of riders in Mississauga, whether they travel for work or pleasure.”
Route 100 is part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan from 2016-2020. The plan is moving Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network allowing more frequent buses along main corridors, improving connectivity to surrounding municipalities and making travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport easier.
Route 100 will serve customers in Mississauga’s downtown core and in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre. These stops target Mississauga businesses, offering them an efficient way to travel to the airport.
There are thousands of people working at the airport who live in Mississauga who will benefit from a cheap and quick way to get to and from work.
Since the route to the airport is mostly on a dedicated transitway, passengers flying in and out of the airport won’t have to fear missing their flight as a result of traffic gridlock which is almost certain at certain times of the day. The MiWay buses are spacious and passengers with suitcases can hop aboard and get to the airport for the cost of $3.75 if it is a cash fare or $3 with a Presto card.
For more information and to plan your MiWay trip on Route 100 – Airport Express visit miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO (4636) for customised route and schedule information. -CINEWS