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Mississauga Transit Posts Healthy Gain

Attention News Editors:

Mississauga Transit Posts Healthy Gain

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont., Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Ed Dowling, General Manager of
Mississauga Transit announced that 1997 ridership figures show a 
healthy 7.4% increase over 1996. Compared to Mississauga Transit's 
1996 total of 21.4 million customers, transit carried 22.98 million 
customers last year.
    As the third largest transit authority in Ontario, Mississauga 
Transit's 1997 ridership increase can be attributed to an improved 
economy, increased student ridership and in part to the opening of 
its new City Centre Transit Terminal.
    Businesses in Mississauga are growing rapidly, which in turn 
means increased employment. Mississauga Transit offers an excellent 
express service for commuters that operates during the morning and 
evening rush hours.
    Secondary school students are discovering a new independence with
Mississauga Transit due to the 1996 reduction in school bus service.
    October 20, 1997, Mississauga Transit opened the new City Centre 
Transit Terminal located on the north side of Square One in the 
rapidly developing City Centre core. The terminal includes a coffee 
stop, customer information centre, escalator, elevator and washroom 
facilities. Customers can now purchase all fare media at the 
terminal's "The Bus Stop" kiosk. Seniors will find obtaining their 
Mississauga Transit senior bus pass photo identification card and 
annual/semi annual passes much easier at the new terminal location. 
For customer convenience, the Mississauga Transit information centre 
is staffed seven days a week to assist customers with routing and 
scheduling information.
    "I am very excited about our ridership growth in 1997 and look 
forward to seeing this trend continue in the next few years" said Ed
Dowling, Mississauga Transit's General Manager.
    "A special thank you to all the staff who certainly deserves the
credit for working hard to gain new riders and our challenge will be 
to keep these customers and to attract new ones in the future" 
Dowling explained.

For further information: Ed Dowling, General Manager, Mississauga Transit 
(905) 615-3840