Pat continues to work for better transportation to serve Ward 9 and the City. Pat is a strong proponent of alternate forms of transportation and encourages and initiates projects in the ward that meet this mandate.
Improving Traffic Flow and Safety
The usual response to congestion is to add lanes of traffic. But Pat knows there are other and more-effective ways to deal with this - widening roads is not always the answer. Additional lanes are quickly filled with additional vehicles, while negatively-impacting pedestrians. Smarter solutions include improved intersections, traffic light timing, and alternative transportation. She knows the community and she works with local residents to determine what is best for them.
Pat regularly asks staff to review traffic timing for pedestrians and to adjust so that all pedestrians have a safe crossing time. With population increases, comes more traffic and balancing the needs and safety of pedestrians is critical to ensure safety. While it is important that traffic moves efficiently, the needs of pedestrians cannot be ignored.
Pat’s work at the region as Chair of the Arterial Roads Review committee has resulted in eliminating duplication of services and a new improved traffic operations system for Mississauga that is currently being installed.
Many roads are being relined to add bike lanes. This is not always an easy process and Pat takes the time to hold neighbourhood meetings and discuss the pros and cons with all road users. As our roads are improved, lanes are added for cycling saving costs and increasing facilities.
In 2019 Pat will be hosting meetings to look at a proposed road alignment along Glen Erin Drive from Britannia to Aquitaine. This proposal will add separated bike lanes and will work to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. It will create a better and safer area especially between Battleford and Aquitaine where there are a large number of pedestrians.
Pat has supported the construction of several new multi-purpose trails along Winston Churchill and on Britannia. She has been very vocal about her concerns over the design of the trails and is working with support from both the Road Safety Committee, the Cycling Committee and Peel Police to have improvements implemented to improve safety. These trials provide excellent access for all ages and levels of cyclists but they must be safe.
Pat promoted bikes on Mississauga Transit and worked with GO Transit to build covered bike facilities at our Ward 9 GO stations.
The Milton Line of GO Transit that runs through Ward 9 and stops at our two GO stations – Lisgar and Meadowvale, should have had all day two way service many years ago. Unfortunately cuts by the province and Metrolinx has prevented that from happening.
Pat continues to lobby Metrolinx for this much needed service as we need to provide transit on the line for the over 46,000 employees in the Meadowvale Business Park. The Mayor’s office supports this need and has been working towards a solution. But it will be costly and requires approvals form higher levels of government as well as CP Railway. Pat will continue to work towards this goal and will keep bringing the needs of our citizens to the attention of the other levels of government.
Pat continues to seek input from transit users through her forums. These small group opportunities give transit staff and Pat information that helps the City to improve services.
Transit service in Ward 9 has improved in the past 4 years and Pat continues to advocate for more frequent and increased service to our community. The addition of express buses from Meadowvale has helped many riders and the impending completion of the Busway provides even better transportation to Ward 9.