|Area served||Mississauga, ON|
|Fleet size|| 395 (MiLocal)|
|Number of routes||88|
|Ridership||33.4 million (2011)|
|Union||ATU Local 1572|
Mississauga Transit, branded MiWay as of October 4, 2010, provides transit service to the city of Mississauga, Ontario, which is Canada's sixth largest city. The agency is Ontario's third largest municipal transit agency. It operates as part of the city's Transportation and Works Department, and is funded by both the municipal and provincial governments. Connections are made at or near borders with the TTC, Brampton Transit, York Region Transit and Oakville Transit, as well as with GO Transit at several locations within Mississauga. For a detailed history, see the timeline.
Mississauga Transit collects exact cash fares in its GFI Genfare CENTSaBILL fareboxes. Operators do not make change, and the farebox shows the driver exactly how much money has been put in. Presto readers are installed on all buses, and users are charged based on ticket fare.
Fares effective January 26, 2009
|Cash Fare||Ticket||Weekly Pass||Monthly Pass||Annual Pass||GTA Weekly Pass||Notes|
Other fares include the $0.60 GO fare, where riders must show a valid 2 or 10 ride or monthly GO ticket, the $23.00 Mississauga Transit sticker for GO monthly passes, and the $7.50 per person or $22.00 per family (1 adult, 3 children or 2 adults, 2 children) route 288 Wonderland Express fare. Pre-school children, CNIB patrons (with CNIB card) and disabled persons' attendants ride free.
All cash and ticket paying passengers receive a transfer on the first bus they board. It is valid on any bus on any route (except route 288) for two hours from the start of the operator's trip on the route.
All buses are equipped with Angletime transfer cutters that cut transfers in a straight line, across an hour then a fifteen minute interval. The earliest time a transfer can expire is 6:00AM, while the latest transfer that can be cut is for 2:45XM. Operators receive books of 50 transfers on a pressed cardboard backing. On the back is an information slip used for passenger fare disputes. Transfers show the date in several places, and the week number in the background. All transfers from a given day are exactly the same.
New transfers began to be used on December 1, 2007, with the week number in red and the day number repeated in large orange type throughout the length of the transfer. Those transfers were last used on December 31, 2008, and another new design of transfers began to be used.
Before November 5, 2007, the GTA weekly pass was $43.00.
Directors of Transit
The Director of Transit leads senior managers in operations, maintenance, service development and business development, and reports to the Commissioner of Transportation and Works, who is currently Martin Powell.
After the retirement of Bill Cunningham in 2007, Marinoff joined Transit from his previous post as Manager of Subway Operations for the TTC. Trained in engineering, he appreciates no-nonsense efficiency, sprouted by his Canadian Forces days. Geoff (pronounced joff) prides himself on the fact that he uses the transit system at least once a week for his commute, and is rumoured to be a fan of the ElDorado E-Z Rider.
After taking over from the retired Ed Dowling in 1997, Cunningham was the Director of Transit until 2007, when he retired.
Director from 1974 to 1997, Dowling's father ran Streetsville Coach Lines. By the age of 30, he was the sole employee of Ed Dowling School Bus Lines. Later on, he sold that business and went to work for Charterways Transportation. In March of 1973, he became the manager of the Town of Chinguacousy's transit system, Brampton Transit, then was hired by the Town of Mississauga as a consultant in its transportation study. After the City of Mississauga's incorporation in January of 1974, Dowling was hired and became the Director of Transit. Many regard him as the "Father of Mississauga Transit."
Supervisors are responsible for time checking, passenger disputes and detour creation. They respond, at the demand of Transit Control, to buses with problems on the road. Most supervisors are former operators who have chosen to take on the job, however some are hired from the outside. Operators can try out the supervisor position for six months, at the end of which they must decide if they want to continue as a supervisor, or move back to their operator position. Supervisors may not move back to being operators.
Transit Enforcement Officers
The Transit Enforcement team was launched in September 2007 after an increasing number of operator assaults, and growing paranoia over terrorist activity. Previously, security guards patrolled only the CCTT, however the Officers, who have access to several vehicles to travel around the city, patrol other terminals and ride buses undercover. The officers are part of the city's Corporate Security department and are not police officers or special constables.
The following are transit facilities served by Mississauga Transit:
- City Centre Transit Terminal
- Clarkson GO Station
- TTC Islington Station, bays 4-7 leased for $321,000 per year
- Long Branch GO Station
- Meadowvale GO Station
- Meadowvale Town Centre Terminal
- Port Credit GO Station
- Sheridan Centre
- Shoppers' World Brampton Terminal
- South Common Centre Terminal
- Trillium Health Centre
- Westwood Mall Terminal
Mississauga Transit has Two Garages:
Mississauga Transit currently operates 88 bus routes throughout the City of Mississauga. Regular routes are numbered 1-99, Pre-Rapid Transit routes in the 100 series, express routes in the 200 series and school routes in the 300 series.
The following are current Mississauga Transit bus routes. The colour behind each route number is the colour used for each route's line on the system map. Routes not shown on the map (88 & 300+) are highlighted with regular Mississauga Transit orange.
In the past, Mississauga Transit routes were organized following a different structure. For example, routes 11, 21, 31, 41, and 51 at one point all ran from Islington Station, travelling west on Dundas Street and branching off at various points along the street, allowing one seat trips to be made to the subway from most of the city. Express routes, in the past, were all numbered in the 80 series, while Catholic and public school specials were numbered in the 70 and 90 series, respectively. Also, routes in the 50 series were historically rush-hour only routes, serving industrial areas on weekdays.
The following is an incomplete list of former Mississauga Transit routes:
|2||Hurontario||6||Burnhamthorpe||14||River Grove||15||Woodbine Raceway and Slots Express||21||Dundas-Streetsville||21||Rathburn/Tomken|
|24||University||29||Sheridan Park||31||Dundas-Erindale||32||Rick Hansen||33||Rick Hansen||36||Burnhamthorpe|
|37||Clarkson Shuttle||40||Westwood||41||Port Credit||43||Speakman||45||North Sheridan Way|
Summer school routes
Mississauga Transit changes the routes used for summer school on a yearly basis, based on which schools are used for summer school classes by the Peel and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Boards. Therefore, numbers and names are changed and re-used on a yearly basis. Many of the routes followed exactly the routes of their regular school year counterparts, however carried a different route number for standardization within the year.
Run numbers are assigned to each bus which enters service on any particular route. It is not mandatory for operators to set their run boxes, in fact newer buses do not have run boxes, and therefore a run number that you see cannot necessarily be taken as being correct.
^Some Central routes such as 1 and 19 surpass 19 runs, and therefore overflow into "Malton" run numbers, however those runs run out of Central.