Frustration. Gridlock again. You are going to be late. Getting around doesn’t feel easy. In fact, it feels unnecessarily difficult.
But what if you had choices?
What if all GO trains ran two-way, all-day service in Peel? What if buses had dedicated lanes so there was no traffic between you and your destination? What if the whole system was designed to make life in Brampton and Mississauga easier?
The average GTHA commuter spends 82 minutes trying to get to and from work every day. If we don’t take action now against congestion, it could grow to 109 minutes. That’s a Hollywood film! Imagine doing that five times a week.
If you think traffic is getting worse, you’re right. Peel Region is growing. In fact, the population has expanded by almost 565,000 people or 77% in the last 20 years. Do you notice that most cars only have one person in them? That’s a lot of added cars.
Want a solution? You aren’t alone. Over 88% of residents in GTHA have said that it’s important to reduce congestion, expand and increase the frequency of transit and get commuters to their destination more quickly.
Metrolinx has a plan—a world class, award-winning plan. It’s called The Big Move, and it has already been approved not only by Peel Region, but every municipality in the GTHA.
What are some of The Big Move’s new initiatives that will make your life easier?
- Travelling within Brampton has already been improved with Queen Street’s Züm bus rapid transit service on Queen Street, Main Street, and Steeles Avenue. With a new, dedicated lane on Queen Street this route will become even better, linking you to the Spadina subway extension.
- Fewer transfers between transit systems and seamless travel between Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto will be made possible on the future Dundas BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line.
- You won’t have to worry about missing the train to work with GO Transit two-way, all-day service – so no more running to catch that last scheduled train for Peel commuters.
- Travelling north-south through Mississauga and Brampton will be much faster on the new Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit line. This new line will connect to the Kitchener GO and Milton GO lines, Brampton Queen Züm service, Mississauga BRT (bus rapid transit), Dundas BRT and Lakeshore Express Rail.
Metrolinx has already started with several projects under construction, including:
- York Region and Brampton have already launched Viva and Züm express bus service. Along with Durham Region, these networks will become BRTs with dedicated lanes.
- Union Station is being revitalized to improve its quality and capacity and make your experience more efficient and comfortable.
- The Union Pearson Express is on track and by 2015, will be offering 5,000 passengers a day quiet and efficient trains departing Union Station for Pearson Airport every 15 minutes.
- Connecting between transit services has been made easier in Peel Region with your PRESTO card.
Sounds good? Our economy thinks so too. We are losing $6 billion each year in productivity and 26,000 jobs to congestion. The Big Move isn’t just an investment in your quality of life; it will change the financial health of the region. With every $1 invested in transit, our economy expects a return of $1.19. That’s a 19% return on investment!