One of Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s big plans for Mississauga in the year 2020 is to continue improving the transit system.
Whether it’s MiWay or GO transit, Mississauga has pretty great public transport. Now that’s maybe not the opinion of many that live in the city, in fact I often hear lots of complaints about it, but as someone who comes from another country with a substantially worse public transport system, it’s really quite fantastic. The buses run on a regular schedule and are very dependable, and they’re incredibly cheap to boot. And the same can be said of the train.
Perhaps there are two complaints about the city’s buses that is valid; the lack of Wi-Fi and how old they are. Many of the bright orange MiWay buses that navigate the city of Mississauga’s streets like red blood cells through veins, are rather old and run-down. Newer buses that have free Wi-Fi on board would be a welcome change for the thousands that ride them every day.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any good news to relay on that front. However we do have some rather exciting news about the busiest bus terminal in Mississauga. The city centre bus terminal, certainly the heart of the city’s transit system as it branches out in every possible direction. So if any terminal in the city is in need of a good upheaval, it’s this one.
The city recently announced that the Square One terminal will undergo construction from February through summer 2020. The construction will see the terminal be completely changed, with much of it being knocked down and rebuilt. Everything from the fare booth to the escalators, flooring to bathrooms, staircase to the entrances, will get a complete overhaul in a bid to bring the terminal into the modern era.
“This facility is an important part of the customer experience for many MiWay riders,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is minimal and that fare and customer information services will continue to be provided onsite. This facility is an important part of the customer experience for many MiWay riders. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is minimal and that fare and customer information services will continue to be provided onsite.”
There was nothing inherently wrong with the city centre bus terminal, but seeing as it’s the heart of the city that millions pass through every year, it serves as something of a benchmark for what to expect from Mississauga. And so it’s rightfully getting a complete makeover this year to reflect the city’s evolution.