Today at General Committee, MiWay’s proposed Affordable Transportation Pilot Program (ATPP) was approved in principle by Mississauga City Council and is on its way to becoming a permanent program in January 2018 along with the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare at off peak-times. Final approval is to follow at the October 11 Council meeting.
“Making the affordable transportation program permanent assists residents with low incomes and gives them better access to employment and services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie “This program contributes to the City’s strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility. The social and financial return on investment from this program benefits our City and helps keep our communities strong.”
“The two phases of the affordable transportation pilot helped us develop the program and make it effective,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “City of Mississauga and Region of Peel staff recommend that the phase two pilot becomes a permanent program for eligible Mississauga residents. The Region will continue to assess the eligibility and MiWay will administer the issuance of PRESTO cards. Financial responsibilities for subsidy and administrative costs will be covered by the Region. MiWay will continue to make the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare available at off-peak times.” Continue reading MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak Approved by City of Mississauga
Budget Committee Update – September 20, 2017
The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee recently considered new and increased fees and charges for 2018. This includes transit fares, Recreation and Parks and Forestry programs. These revenue sources will help offset the cost of delivering these services.
- New fees introduced for non-resident pool rental
- MiWay cash fare increase by $0.25 from $3.50 to $3.75, paper ticket fares increase by $0.10 for adult, student and senior tickets effective January 29, 2018, while PRESTO fares remain at current rates
- New fees introduced for forestry inspection at $50, upgraded commemorative tree donation at $2,500 and garden park bench donation at $5,000
- Increase to filming location fees based on the cost of inflation and benchmarking
Additional revenue of approximately $1.2 million is expected from the increases and new fees. These will alleviate some pressures on the property tax rate in 2018.
The proposed fees and charges were presented at a Council meeting for approval on September 27, 2017.
More information about the City budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget.
From September 25 to 30, MiWay is hosting public information sessions about its 2018 service plan. The sessions will provide the public with more information on how MiWay will increase service levels along major corridors and introduce more express services to power the grid network in 2018. The theme for the third year of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan is “Powering the Grid.”
MiWay 5 is a five-year plan (2016-2020) that is shifting Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network that allows for more frequent buses along main corridors and delivers more direct services. The plan also optimizes the use of the Mississauga Transitway, which will be completed with the opening of Renforth station this fall.
Drop in to one of the MiWay 5 Public Information Centres:
||MiWay 5 Public Information Centre Locations
|Monday, September 25
|2 to 7 p.m.
||City Centre Transit Terminal
200 Rathburn Rd. W
|Tuesday, September 26
|4 to 7 p.m.
||Port Credit Library
20 Lakeshore Rd. E
|Thursday, September 28
||3 to 7 p.m.
|Meadowvale Town Centre
6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle
|Saturday, September 30
||1 to 4 p.m.
7205 Goreway Dr.
For more information about the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan, visit miway.ca/miway5.
To provide feedback on MiWay’s 2018 service plan, visit miway.ca/mivoice or attend an information session.
Staff Report Recommends Extension; No New Applicants To Be Accepted During Pilot
At General Committee today, City Council received a corporate report recommending an additional extension of the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program. The program is a partnership between the City and the Region of Peel. It was first introduced in May 2016 and extended in October 2016.
If approved by Council on April 12, transit riders who are already approved for the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program will continue to receive a 50 per cent discount on transit from May 1 to September 30, 2017.
“Program participants have told the City and Region that a permanent program is needed to address affordability of transit fares,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, City of Mississauga. “The additional extension will allow low income Mississauga residents to continue to ride transit at a 50 per cent discount while we evaluate all phases of the pilot program.”
There are 1300 active users of the pilot program that are eligible for the extension. No new applicants will be approved during the five-month extension of the program.
Marinoff added that recommendations will be made to both Mississauga City Council and the Region of Peel through a full report in September 2017.
To learn more about the MiWay Affordable Transportation Program, please visit povertyinpeel.ca/miwaypilot.