Ward 11 E-Newsletter - January 2016 
Councillor's Message

Happy New Year, and welcome to the January 2016 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  I hope you find this newsletter informative.  

As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you may have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at any time at 905-896-5011 or  george.carlson@mississauga.ca .    
In This Issue...
Seniors' One Dollar MiWay Fare Extended into 2016

If you are a senior (age 65+) and you are looking for a great, environmentally friendly way to get around the City that will save you time and money, look no further than MiWay, the City's public transit service.  MiWay is offering a special one dollar cash fare for seniors as part of a new pilot program.  This pilot program began last June and has been extended into 2016.  The one dollar cash fare for seniors is valid on MiWay during off-peak hours as follows:
  • Weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Weekdays after 7 p.m.
  • Anytime on weekends or holidays
If you know any seniors who would be interested in this program, please pass this information on to them.  If you are a senior, I encourage you to participate in this pilot program and enjoy an efficient and budget friendly way to get around the city!  For more information about the One Dollar Cash Fare, please visit www.miway.ca/busfares .   Top  
Get on Board the Mississauga Transitway

Over the next 30 years, the GTHA's population will increase by approximately 4 million people, which will impact traffic volumes and traffic congestion throughout the region and across the city.  The City, along with the Federal and Provincial Governments is making important investments in public transit infrastructure to mitigate traffic congestion and provide residents with more efficient public transit options, such as the new Mississauga Transitway.
 
The Mississauga Transitway is served by MiWay and GO Transit and is the first dedicated bus corridor to be built within the GTHA.  When fully complete, the 18km Transitway will feature 12 stations beginning at Winston Churchill Boulevard in the west and ending at Renforth Drive in the east, making it faster and easier for commuters to travel to across Mississauga and the GTHA.
 
The Transitway will feature 25 buses per hour that will serve riders during the weekday rush hours at the City Centre, Dixie, and Renforth stations and will save you almost 15-18 minutes of commute time when traveling from the Winston Churchill station in west Mississauga to the Renforth station in east Mississauga.  The Transitway offers reliable, rapid, and convenient east-west travel, as well as north-south connections at stations and easier connections to surrounding municipalities.  For more information about the Mississauga Transitway, please visit www.miway.ca/transitway .   Top  
New Five-Year Transit Plan

The City has developed a new five-year transit plan, from 2016-2020, in consultation with the residents of Mississauga.  The new plan is called MiWay 5 and will focus on transit expansion and the development of light rail transit along Hurontario Street.  The plan will shift Mississauga's transit system from a design that emanates from City Centre to a grid network that will provide more frequent buses along main corridors across the city and more efficient transit service.  Under MiWay 5, many important improvements will be made to the transit system, which will improve transit frequency and speed.  Some of the improvements that will be made include:
  • Stronger corridors to support a grid network      
  • More frequent service on main corridors
  • More service frequency on main corridors
  • More service outside of weekday rush hours    
  • More early morning, mid-day, evening and Sunday service
  • More express routes between key destinations
  • Integration with Mississauga Transitway
  • More direct connections between major transit hubs
  • Improved connectivity with GO stations  
  • Improved connectivity with major employment areas
  • Improved connectivity with colleges and universities
  • Improved connectivity with neighbouring communities
For more information about the new MiWay 5 plan, please visit www.miway.ca/miwayfive .   Top  
Winter in the City

With the frigid temperatures that we have been receiving as of late, there is no doubt that "old man winter" has indeed arrived!  As we all know, with the winter season comes snow, as the moisture in the atmosphere freezes, and the City's snow clearing operations are more than ready to handle the snow.  The City's priority for winter maintenance is to ensure that emergency and public transit vehicles have safe access to routes on major roads.  As such, the City uses a priority route system to clear and salt roads, bus stops, priority sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.  Under the City's priority system, salting and plowing is undertaken as follows:
  • Roads are salted if snowfall is less than eight cm (three in.) or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than eight cm (three in.).
  • Priority roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles to travel followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).
  • Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24-36 hours after the end of a snowstorm.
There are many ways that you can "be in the know about snow" and find out about the City's snow clearing operations:
  • Download the Mississauga Roads App to track plows/salters travelling routes and receive alerts.
  • Follow on Twitter @MississaugaSnow for current conditions and progress.
  • Visit mississauga.ca/snow for updates, details, routes and maps.
  • Call the Information Snow Line 905-615-SNOW (7669) to hear recorded information about plowing and salting during a snow event.
Also, as a friendly reminder, please remember to clear your sidewalks to help keep pedestrians, cyclists, runners, and other sidewalk users safe this winter season.   Top  
It's Time to Learn and Play, with Playaway
 
I am very pleased to report that Playaway Launchpad learning tablets are now available for borrowing in the Mississauga Library System.  Playaway Launchpad learning tablets are durable, Android-based tablets pre-loaded with great educational games and apps for children of all ages.  The tablets are configured to easily find the right apps for a child's age group and feature high-quality learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level and age. From math to monkeys to science and superheroes, every Launchpad is a new adventure for children.  Like books and other library materials, Playaway Launchpad tablets can now be signed out at your local branch library with your Mississauga Library card.  I hope you and your children enjoy this great new learning resource at the Mississauga Library.  For more information about Playaway Launchpad tablets, please visit www.playaway.com/launchpad/ .   Top  
Support Your Mississauga Steelheads
 
"Old man winter" is back in town, but this also means that hockey season is in full swing!  What better way to enjoy hockey season than to catch an exciting Mississauga Steelheads game, where you can see the stars of tomorrow play great hockey today.  The Mississauga Steelheads are Mississauga's premiere junior hockey team, who are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  The Steelheads play their home games at the Hershey Centre, which is the GTA's premiere sports and entertainment venue, located at 5500 Rose Cherry Place, in Mississauga.  The Steelheads offer a variety of ticket packages and options to suit all budgets, from single tickets, flex packs, group tickets, season tickets and more!  So if you're looking for something fun and exciting to do with your friends and family this winter, why not show some support for your Mississauga Steelheads!  For more information about the Mississauga Steelheads, please visit www.mississaugasteelheads.com .   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1