Dixie Station and Transitway
|Locale||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Transit type||Bus rapid transit|
|Began operation||November 17, 2014
(Central Parkway – Dixie)
|Operation will start||2016
(Tahoe – Renforth Gateway)
(Erin Mills – Winston Churchill)
The Mississauga Transitway is a bus rapid transit system (BRT) under construction in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, spanning most of the city from Winston Churchill Boulevard to the junction of Highways 401 and 427 in the city of Toronto. Proposed in the 1970s, the plan has evolved over time. In the 1990s, a serious proposal intended to build a transitway from Ridgeway Drive at the very western edge of the city, to the westernmost station of Toronto's proposed Eglinton West subway. After this line was cancelled, the proposal was revised to its current state. Construction started in November 2010; the first stretch of the transitway between Hurontario Street and Dixie Road opened on November 17, 2014, with the rest of the project targeted for opening in 2016. The transitway will be shared between MiWay (formerly known as Mississauga Transit) and GO Transit.
Routes and Operations
The plan now calls for a dedicated transitway from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Erin Mills Parkway, where the buses would then use dedicated shoulder lanes on Highway 403 to reach the City Centre terminal. From there, a dedicated transitway would parallel Highway 403 to Cawthra Road, and then follow Eastgate Parkway to Eglinton Avenue East, and Eglinton to just west of Renforth Drive.
The transitway would likely be served in a manner similar to Ottawa's Transitway, using a mix of express routes and local routes. Because the transitway is not planned to run near any of MiWay's secondary terminals (terminals other than Square One), it is likely that branch routes would also travel in mixed traffic to reach their destinations, like current routes 109 and 110.
The transit corridor will be shared by GO Transit and MiExpress buses for inter-regional and inter-city travel, respectively. The two agencies will use a mix of standard, articulated, and double-decker buses travelling at 80 km/h, and 50 km/h near the stations. MiWay buses will still stop at all of the transitway stations regardless of the absence of a request for one; meanwhile, GO Transit buses will only stop at its designated stations.
As of November 2014, MiWay operates three routes along the corridor, with service Monday to Saturday from 4:30 AM to 10:30 PM. A fourth route, 110 University, will serve the transitway once the western segment is built, approximately in 2016.
|Route||Service Type||Terminus||Service Span|
|21 Explorer||Local||City Centre Transit Terminal||Skymark Hub (Renforth BRT Station)||rush hour|
|107 Malton Express||Express||City Centre Transit Terminal||Humber College||September - April: Mon - Fri|
|Westwood Mall Bus Terminal||September - April: Saturdays
May - August: Mon - Sat
|109 Meadowvale Express||Express||Meadowvale Town Centre Bus Terminal||Islington Subway Station||Mon - Sat|
|110 University Express||Express||City Centre Transit Terminal||Clarkson GO Station||all week|
|University of Toronto Mississauga (short turn)|
GO Transit is currently not using the transitway. However, it is planning to eventually divert some of its routes to serve the transitway. Such routes include the following:
|19||Oakville / North York|
|25||Waterloo / Mississauga|
|29||Guelph / Mississauga|
|45||Mississauga / York University|
|46||Oakville / York University|
|47||Hamilton / York University|
The BRT stations will consist of platforms, pedestrian walkways, Kiss & Ride areas and Park & Ride lots. All stations will be wheelchair-accessible () and will have heated waiting areas, similar to Züm.
The following is a list of stations, from west to east:
|Station||Opening||GO Transit Stop||Park and Ride||Kiss and Ride||Bus Access||Notes|
|Winston Churchill||2016||X||335 spaces||X||X|
|Erin Mills||2016||X||335 spaces||X||X|
|City Centre||1997||X||210 spaces||X|
|Kipling||2019||X||TTC only||Shared with TTC||X|
The Renforth station, to be located one block west at Commerce Boulevard, is currently planned to feature an indirect multimodal interchange with the TTC's proposed Eglinton Crosstown line. The interchange will feature a full-service below grade BRT station, but only at-grade median surface stop for the LRT, requiring transferring passengers to cross Commerce Boulevard and descend a set of stairs to access the BRT.
There will be local and express services, with some buses stopping at all stations, and others stopping only at selected major stations.
Funding and construction
The project, estimated to cost $259 million, is funded as part of the Government of Ontario's MoveOntario 2020 plan, with both the federal and provincial governments contributing up to a total of $173 million. Construction is divided between Metrolinx (via GO Transit) and the City of Mississauga: the former is responsible for the transitway's western segment (between Winston Churchill and Erin Mills), a small portion of the eastern segment (between Hurontario and Cawthra) and Renforth Gateway Station, while the city is in charge of the rest of the project. Construction on the eastern segment began in November 2010, while Metrolinx launched construction of the western segment in November 2013.
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- Mississauga Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
- Mississauga MiWay and GO Transit Route and Stations
- BRT Detailed Design Concept Plans
- BRT Detail Design - Winston Churchill to Erin Mills Parkway (DRAFT)
- BRT Detail Design - Hurontario to Cawthra
- BRT Design Plan - Eastgate Pkwy - Cawthra to Fieldgate Section
- BRT Detail Design - Fieldgate to Renforth