it's nice and everything but I think miway's priorities has gotten worse, like how about making the stops more accessible all year round and better service???Why the loop through downtown Brampton? Why not stay on Main, turn left on Church and reverse in front of the GO station?
Yeah, that 25 minute rush hour headway is ridiculous. That should be 15 minutes minimum during peak service times, given how important that route is.Yeah, I doubt lack of wifi is what's holding back people from using transit in Mississauga. And it's not like the ridership of the system is much any worse in other mid-sized cities like Quebec and Winnipeg. They all have 40+ million riders annually. MiWay already went above and beyond those other systems with its new 24 hour service. If they want to spend extra money, that's the sort of thing they should be looking at. More 24 hour days, more 24 hour routes, more routes, higher frequencies. Fill in the gaps in service.
I took the 109 from Islington at around 7pm the other day and I was amazed how full the bus was leaving the station. Even after rush hour with an articulated bus there was no more room to stand. I transferred to 39 and that was also an artic and all the seats were filled even before the bus got to Hurontario. The 39 only has 25 minute frequency max, even during rush hour, and somehow they need to put articulated buses on the route.
The ridership is getting very high, maybe more than the system can handle. Maybe that should be their priority. Mississauga may have similar ridership to Quebec and Winnipeg but the bus fleet is much smaller. Mississauga only has 463 buses, while Winnipeg has 623, Quebec 613. Already there is a shortage of buses and you can see it with the articulated buses on 39 Britannia. They should be careful not to let things get out of control. I think in terms of comfort, instead of wifi, riders will appreciate more not having to stand at the bus stop as long, and at least actually being able to board on the bus, if not being able to sit down.
I said to council and the city manager back in 2000 that the max headway should be 30 minutes 7 days a week. I can't count the number of time since then stating that 30 minute requirement to council in presentations and written reports.Mississauga really needs to get to a reasonable minimum standard of service on key grid routes.
Ultimately, that's got to be 15M service or better 6am-1am, 7 days per week.
We're a very long way from that. In the near-term, I'd settle for 30M within those hours, and 15M 6am-10pm on weekdays.
The idea that anyone but a non-choice rider would accept 50m service on weekends (daytime)..........
First off, Mississauga has 11-13% model split and that's way too low. If council had follow my recommendations over last 10 -15 years, we should be at 30% plus by 2020 to support over 600 buses. 600 buses is far too many buses for today needs.26 Burnhamthorpe takes 39 minutes to get from South Common to Islington at 1am, compared to 55 minutes during rush hour. It's hard to understand how lack of 15 minute bus service at 1am, a time when buses move unimpeded and there's no one driving on the roads, is turning Mississaugan's off of transit and encouraging them to drive.
68 is a minor/feeder, hub/spoke type of route, not a "key grid route". I think 45 minutes should be enough. They should interline it with another short route to give it 40 or 45 minute frequency. 68 will 25 minutes long, 91 is 20 minutes, interlining the two routes would allow for 30 or 45 minute frequency.
38 is being taken off Bancroft but it will still serve Argentia/Meadowpine, which will interfere with transfers to the 42/104. Their initial plan was to have a new route serve Argentia/Meadowpine/Bancroft and that route also would have served Matheson which has no full service, and I thought that was a better plan, both more useful and cost-effective. Terry Fox has a golf course on one side. There not much potential riders there.
See also 45/45A on Speakman and looping around Winston Park. I think those need to be served by a separate route also to keep 45 on Winston Churchill. There are also some connections that are missing altogether, like Burnhamthorpe to Winston Churchill, and Mavis to Dundas. These are the things that are holding back ridership, not the frequency.
The ridership grew by 50% since 2004. It's one of the largest and fastest growing systems in North America, so I don't see why act like its some small system. 40 million linked trips and 56 million unlinked trips annually is similar to Winnipeg Transit (48 million linked), RTC (44 million linked), AC Transit (53 million unlinked).
But as I said, Mississauga has much fewer buses than other systems with similar ridership. Winnipeg, RTC, AC Transit all have over 600 buses. Mississauga only has 463. The LRT will free up around 30 buses but still need more, a lot more.
11-13% modal split is way too low? Compared to who? How many cities in North America have more than that? 30% is just crazy.First off, Mississauga has 11-13% model split and that's way too low. If council had follow my recommendations over last 10 -15 years, we should be at 30% plus by 2020 to support over 600 buses. 600 buses is far too many buses for today needs.
I don't understand what is wrong with using boardings numbers to compare Mississauga to US systems like AC Transit. That's the way they count ridership down there. How else am I supposed to compare them?Boarding is a misleading figure as it doesn't say how many people are using the system in the first place.
Mississauga saw 50% ridership growth since 2004, Brampton 275%. Getting people to use transit is easy. The real challenge for places like Mississauga and Brampton getting people to walk or bike. The competition between cars and transit is just overstated. Mississauga has higher transit ridership because it was built for the car, not less because of it. People cannot walk or bike, so they take transit instead.I strongly support max 30 minute service 7 day a week for 98% of routes, otherwise why use transit when you can drive faster.