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Plan for $35M bus hub hailed

Kipling station to become inter-regional terminal - and maybe one day even have rail to the airport

Aug 14, 2007 04:30 AM
Tamara Cherry
Staff Reporter

Transportation authorities painted a $35.5 million “rosy” picture for public transit riders throughout the GTA yesterday.

Sparkling new infrastructure, a cleaner environment and reduced gridlock were among the perks of a planned inter-regional bus terminal announced at Kipling Station, where TTC, GO and Mississauga buses sat outside.

With $30 million over three years coming from the province and GO Transit and $5.5 million from Mississauga, the western end-of-the-line for the TTC will be transformed into a 416- and 905-friendly hub for commuters.

Instead of stopping at Islington station, by 2010 Mississauga Transit will unload at Kipling station, allowing riders to access the Milton GO line directly, rather than hopping on a subway to do so.

“When you eliminate one part, you’ll get to your destination faster,” provincial Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield said. “You’ll be able to park your car, get on a bus, get on a GO Train and the subway to go to your destination.”

The announcement came on the heels of the Presto integrated fare card, being tested by commuters across regional lines. Also on Cansfield’s mind was that Kipling station was built with the possibility of a light rail transit system to the airport, furthering the concept of a transportation hub.

The current congestion at Islington station will be moved to Kipling, where “there’s more opportunity” to develop an inter-regional hub that works, said Peter Smith, chair of GO Transit and vice-chair of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority.

It also plays into the planned Bus Rapid Transit line, which will provide bus-only lanes for GO and city buses from the Mississauga-Oakville border to Highway 427-Renforth Dr., Smith said.

“The future is rosy - very, very rosy for public transit in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. “The gridlock will be helped.”

Responsibility for building and designing the project will fall into TTC hands.

The $35.5 million will be spent on the new bus terminal and related work, such as the relocation and expansion of the passenger drop-off and pickup area on the east side of Kipling, a new east entrance to the station, reconfiguring entrances from Dundas St., and new parking to replace the existing spaces that will be displaced.

Planning started in June 2004, when the TTC approved the recommendations of the Kipling/Islington Bus Operations Study, which included relocating Mississauga Transit to Kipling station.

“The wish for Kipling is totally fulfilled with today’s announcement,” Toronto Councillor Joe Mihevc, who sits on the TTC, said yesterday afternoon. “Sooner or later, we’re hoping for, expecting, fighting for an operational announcement as well because we need money for the day-to-day operations.”




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