Mississauga Transitway, Canada
Mississauga Transitway is an 18km east-west transitway being constructed across Mississauga in Toronto, Canada. Comprising 12 new stations, the transitway will be a two-lane, grade-separated road connecting Winston Churchill Boulevard in the west and Renforth Drive in the east.
Construction of the transitway began in August 2010 and is expected to be completed in 2017. Four new stations at Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie were opened in November 2014.
The project is being developed by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, GO Transit (a division of Metrolinx) and Mississauga City Council at an estimated cost of $259m.
Mississauga Transitway project details
Earlier known as Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) before being renamed in 2013, the Mississauga Transitway is a part of Ontario's Smart Growth Plan to develop the Greater Toronto Area and Mississauga's Transit Ridership Growth Strategy, which aims to achieve 25% increase in the use of higher-order transit in Mississauga over a target period of five years. MiWay and GO Transit services will operate buses along the transitway.
The transitway will run parallel to the Highway 403 from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Rathburn Road and will pass through Erin Mills Parkway and Centre View Drive. It will run eastwards from Hurontario Street along the dedicated corridor, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue before reaching Renforth Drive.
The project will feature 12 new stations at Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken, Dixie, Winston Churchill, Erin Mills, City Centre Transit Terminal, Tahoe, Etobicoke Creek, Spectrum, Orbitor and Renforth Gateway. Four of the 12 stations became operational in November 2014, while the remaining eight are expected to open to public in 2017.
Line routes and segments
The project is divided into two segments; east and west. It will connect to the Highway 403's existing bus bypass lanes running between Erin Mills Parkway, City Centre Drive and the City Centre Transit Terminal, as well as GO Transit's Square One Station.
The City of Mississauga is responsible for the construction of the east transitway segment from the City Centre Transit Terminal to the Renforth Drive. The segment will comprise ten station stops, an existing city centre transit terminal at Square One and a new BRT station at Renforth Drive station, which is funded by Metrolinx and will be designed and constructed by GO Transit.
The $356.9m Charlotte Outer Loop project consists of the construction and improvements on three separate interstates around the city.
The western segment will be designed and constructed by GO Transit. It will be a 1.5km two-lane, two-way, bus-only roadway located on the north side of Highway 403. Under the segment, two new stations are being constructed at Winston Churchill Boulevard and Erin Mills Parkway. The new stations will consist of park-and-ride car parks for more than 600 vehicles, bicycle shelters and other amenities for convenience.
Mississauga Transitway construction
Construction on the East corridor is currently underway and is divided into two phases. The first phase involved the construction of Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken and Dixie Stations was completed in November 2014. Tahoe and Etobicoke Creek stations were opened in February 2016, while Spectrum, Orbitor and Renforth Gateway stations will become operational in 2017.
Construction on the western corridor, from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Erin Mills Parkway, started in October 2013.
Funding for the transitway
The Government of Canada provided up to $83m in funding to Mississauga City Council and GO Transit under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The Province of Ontario provided $48m to GO Transit and $65m to Mississauga City Council for the project development. The latter will provide the remaining funds to complete the project.
Gottardo Construction was awarded a contract in September 2010 for the construction of the segment from Mississauga City Centre to Fieldgate Drive.
The $65m construction contract for the Fieldgate Drive to Etobicoke Creek segment was awarded to Dufferin Construction in August 2012.