Last year at our Annual Meeting, the City of Mississauga unveiled its plan to develop a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor which will run parallel to the hydro lines on the north side of Eastgate Parkway. It will include a station at Tahoe.
Ultimately the BRT will deliver passengers from the West side of Mississauga to a station in Etobicoke located at Renforth. From this station passengers can transfer to links to the Airport and the subway.
The first stage of construction will be the Mississauga East BRT, which will run between Hurontario and Renforth. Construction is scheduled to begin in late spring 2010.
The BRT in Mississauga will eventually cover 18 kilometres connecting Winston Churchill Boulevard in the west to Renforth Drive in the east. It will run along the Highway 403, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue corridors connecting to the dedicated bus bypass shoulders already in place on Highway 403 between Erin Mills Parkway and Mavis Road (connected to the City Centre by Centre View Drive).
The BRT will complement and connect with local bus services and inter-regional transit and subway systems, linking high-density development and employment centres across Mississauga. The 12 designated stations in Mississauga will provide key connection points. Several stations will feature passenger pick up and drop off and/or park-and-ride facilities.
The BRT is essentially a dedicated bus corridor. It is anticipated that as many as 60 buses per hour, will travel this route in peak hours.
While we will have a station in our back yard, it is not yet known if we will have any additional local bus service to connect area residents to the station.
The BRT will run along the north side of Eastgate from Dixie and cross over Eastgate before Fieldgate.
Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2010 and be completed by the Fall of 2012 with buses scheduled to begin running in 2013. The Tahoe Station will be a below grade station on the south side of Tahoe north of Fieldgate in front of the RIM building.
Further information can be obtained at on the Mississauga MiWay website.
*Please note this article was originally published in the Spring 2010 edition of The Rockwood Times.