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Mississauga committee approves busway project
despite shortfall

The City of Mississauga’s General Committee gave a green light to the Mississauga bus rapid transit project at its meeting this Wednesday, February 4.

The Committee approved signing an agreement with GO Transit to fund detailed design work on the line, despite the fact that the project faces a $52 million shortfall.

Last year, the city, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada agreed to partly fund the $260-million cost of the line. The provincial and federal governments each would pay about $87-million; Mississauga and GO each would pay $43-million. As a result of rising construction and building material costs, the pricetag for the project is now about $312-million.

The line would result in GO Transit and Mississauga Transit buses operating along a separate roadway parallel to Highway 403 between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Erin Mills Parkway, along bus bypass shoulders beside Highway 403 between Erin Mills and Mavis Road, along Cityview Drive to the City Centre Terminal at Square One and along a separate roadway parallel to Highway 403, Eastgate Parkway and Eglinton Avenue East between Hurontario Street and Renforth Drive. Buses would then be able to travel to the new inter-regional bus terminal at Kipling Station, Union Station or Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The project managers expect to open the line to service in 2012.

You can find out more about the Mississauga bus rapid transit project here.