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Metrolinx Is Helping Mississauga Residents Move In A Big Way!

July 19, 2017 - Updated: July 19, 2017Community News

The Big Move Mississauga real estate buy and sell condos Todd Lee

 

Introduction

 

Grid lock in the Mississauga streets, rush hour traffic on the 400 series highways, smog, lost revenue for business and unreliable transit seems like I’m talking about today’s commuter problems.  But this was the state of transportation back in 2006 too.  At that time the Ontario government created an agency called Metrolinx whose purpose was to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the GTA and Hamilton.  The resulting regional plan is aptly called the Big Move.

 

The Big Move Regional Plan Todd Lee Buy Sell Condos and Houses Mississauga Real Estate

 

According to Metrolinx and others in Government, the systems essential problem is the reliance on the car.  The transportation system cannot handle efficiently the rise in population and the resulting amount of vehicles, thus resulting in all the head ache causing problems big cities around the world have.  The Big Move plan has a 25 year vision and it looks to address these points:

 

·         High quality life

·         Thriving, sustainable and protected environment

·         Strong, prosperous and competitive economy

 

To achieve this vision the Regional Transportation Plan consists of 10 strategies. 

 

1)      Build a comprehensive Regional Rapid Transit Network – Invest in transit infrastructure to meet the challenge of a growing population, allow commuters to choose transit options vs others when gas prices are trending up, pollution is damaging the environment and congestions is a growing concern.

 

2)      Enhance and Expand active transportation – Encourage walking, cycling, roller blading and movements with mobility devices is healthy and cost effective while being environmentally friendly way to travel.

 

3)      Improve the efficiency of the road and Highway network – Better monitoring and planning of road and highways, promotion of carpooling and the use of tools to such as HOV lanes.

 

4)      Create an ambitious transportation demand management program – Create policies for government to limit time employees are on the road.  Encourage the private sector to do likewise.

 

5)      Create a customer first transportation system – The system needs to make transportation a more reliable and enjoyable experience for all users.

 

6)      Implement an integrated transit fare system – allows users to pay a seamless, integrated fare for all transit systems across the region.

 

7)      Build communities that are pedestrian, cycling and transit supportive – Build high density communities with a variety of stores and services for residents to access without a car.

 

8)      Plan for universal access – Removing the barriers that stand in the way of people with disabilities trying to move from place to place.

 

9)      Improve goods movement within the GTHA and with adjacent regions – finding ways to improve the transportation of goods in the GTHA more efficiently to affect positive change in congestions, and environmental impact.

 

10)   Commit to continuous Improvement – the Big Move is a massive plan to address many complex issues surrounding transportation in the GTHA. There are still issues which need to be addressed or discovered.  In the future these can become huge problems and will take a persistent effort over time in order not to fall behind.

 

Mississauga Regional Plan – Major Projects

 

Mississauga Transitway Map Todd Lee Mississauga Real Estate Buy And Sell Condos And Houses

MiWay Transitway Station Art Todd Lee Real Estate Buy Sell Rent Condos and Houses Mississauga

 

 

The Mississauga Transitway: Is currently under construction with segments in use.  When finished there will be 12 stops, have length of 18 kilometres and connect to the GO transit bus service, Hurontario LRT and MiWay bus service.  The transit way will lead to connections to the TTC subway system and employment hubs in the Square One Area and in the Airport corporate center. New Transit way stations are built or in construction running from Winston Churchill in the west to Ranforth in the east.

 

All transitway stations will have service for GO Bus and The MiWay bus service.  Included in the plan is 1.5 kilometres of bus only lanes that run parallel to the north side of highway 403.  GO Transit, expects travel and time savings for people travelling in rush hours up to 15 minutes faster, while offering more choice through more stations and greater reliability while travelling through the dedicated bus corridor.

 

Who is funding this project?  The Mississauga Transit project is funded by The 3 levels of government, the Federal government of Canada, The Province of Ontario and the City of Mississauga.

 

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Mississauga LRT Concept Art on Hurontario St. Todd Lee Buy Sell Rent Mississauga Real Estate Condos And Houses

 

The Hurontario LRT: Is still in the planning and design stage.  The Light Rail Transit will have 22 stops and or stations and be 20 kilometres in length. Along that line there will be major connections to Brampton Transit, Go Train Milton and Lakeshore West Lines, GO Transit bus service, MiWay, bus service.  Construction is to start in 2018 and expected to be completed in 2022.  The LRT will be fast, reliable transit running through the Hurontario Corridor with a dedicated right of way.  The plan calls for a stop as north as Steels Ave (Gateway Terminal) in Brampton and as far south as Port Credit Go Station in Mississauga.

 

There’s certainly a great amount of effort, time, energy and money being spent that I can’t see this not helping the city of Mississauga move residence around better.  A paradigm shift has happened where the car is no longer the corner stone of the system due to congestion, grid lock, environmental issues rising prices in oil and quality of life. From a money perspective, I predict condos and houses along the new transit routes to get a bump in value when they are finally completed.

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Taste, See And Experience Mississauga This Summer.

July 6, 2012 - Updated: April 18, 2014Community News

    Maybe you are buying a condo in the Square One area?  Perhaps you are relocating to Mississauga?  You want to know what there is to do  and what the lifestlye is like?  Rest assured that Mississauga is the right place for you. Mississauga is as vibrant and multicultural as any city that I’ve been to around the world.  There are so many things to taste, see and experience for every age and lifestyle.

    Let’s start with TASTE.  There’s a great variety of restaurants in Mississauga offering excellent food and flavors for the palate. In the Square One area, you will absolutely relish in fine dining destinations such as Ruth Chris Steak House, Alioli Restorante and The Host Fine Indian Cuisine.  These are great places for special celebrations, business, impressing that certain someone on a first date or you just like great food.

    All around the City Centre area, you will find very good eating at the more well-known establishments such as Canyon Creek Chop House, Alice Fazooli’s Italian Retaurant, Jack Astors Bar & Grill, Moxies Grill & Bar and Red Lobster.  Maybe you are looking to see that big sporting event this summer.  Boston Pizza at Square One has a 100 inch plasma display. Watch the game in glorious High Definition while you and your friends chow down on some seriously great chicken wings.  Looking for a little bit of the exotic?  Try Bara’s Caribbean Cuisine, Spring Rolls Pan-Asian Cuisine, Bombay Bhel Indian Restaurant and Pho Mi 99 Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine.

    The Amacon Mississauga Roatary Ribfest returns from July 19 – 22 to the City Centre. Eat and drink while “Ribbers” from all over North America compete to be crowned “Best Ribs”, “Best Sauce”, and “People Choice” Titles. Admission is free and there will be live concerts, shopping and children’s area.

    Next I will review what there is to SEE.  If you find it way to hot outdoors, perhaps sitting back and watching a movie while being cooled by air-condition is your cup of tea.   Residents of the Square One area are spoiled as there are two places to watch movies; The Coliseum and Empire Theatres.  Here you can eat popcorn, drink pop and watch the latest pictures from Hollywood or Bollywood.  The Hollywood blockbuster is huge this summer with movies such as The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises and the Borne Legacy.

    If you want to see a movie outdoors there are two ways this summer.  The old school way is to venture to the boarder of Oakville and Mississauga and catch a double bill at the 5 Drive- In Theater.  Did you catch what I just did…yes I cheated.  The second way is to catch a film at the Mississauga Celebration Square.  Throughout the summer movies are being shown for free to the under the starry sky.   

    Also in the City Centre you can visit The Living Arts Centre which hosts various shows and exhibits all summer long.  In September go see Whose Live Anyway?  Starring comedians Chip Esten, Jeff Davis, Greg Proops and Ryan Stiles, which follows the successful TV show Whos line is it Anyway?  Just like the TV show, the comedians make improvisations based on the audience suggestions.  Be prepared because you might be part of the show!

    We end with EXPERIENCE.  There are plenty places to find the Mississauga experiences.  For those who would like to relax or maybe take in nature with a nice walk or hang out with family and have a picnic, Mississauga has lots of parks.  Jack Darling Park is a popular destination as it’s right on the Lakeshore.  You can barbecue and have a picnic, enjoy the view of the Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline.  Another park that is good for picnics is Erindale Park which is just south of the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.  Great parks to see flowers and nature are Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens and Kariya Park.

    Maybe you want a little bit more action.  By Square One you can find a massive 40,000 square feet complex called Playdium, which houses a video game arcade, rides, go carts, batting cages, mini golf and a bar.  There is also Laser Quest in the area which is great to entertain the teens and pre-teens.  Looking for a place to skateboard, Mississauga has no less than 7 multi-use ramp parks which feature transitions, banks, ¼ pipes, funboxes, ledges, rails, gaps and a bowl.

    For the crowd that likes to let loose and party all night Mississauga also has a Night Life.  Try crocbar, Sugar Daddy's, Body English, Fregata, My Apartment and Blue Suede Sue's.

    Tired of the city vibe? The village of Streetsville is known for its village look and feel and features retail shops the line the Queen Street.  Throughout the summer there are events such as the Streetsville Lions Club Farmers Market and historical walking tours.

    Port Credit is Mississauga on the Lake.  It’s also known for its small town charm, shops and cafes which line the Lakeshore Road. It too has events all through the summer.  Events include Farmers Market, Sunset Concert Series, Rotary Movies in the Park, Port Credit Outdoor Art Show, Tim Hortans Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival and much more.

    Truly there is numerous and astonishing things to TASTE, SEE and Experience in and around Mississauga this summer.  So don’t stay in your house or condo.  Get out there and explore and enjoy!

Thank you for reading my blog.  I am a Real Estate Agent in Mississauga and appreciate your business or referrals.  Please contact me at info@ToddLee.ca

By Todd Lee

Posted July 6,2012

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Community News

May 14, 2012 - Updated: April 18, 2014Community News

Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Celebrates 25th Anniversary

 

    Last Saturday I attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School in Mississauga from which I graduated class of 1993.  For me this was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and teachers from what I feel like to be so long ago.  The celebrations included a talent show held last Thursday, a pub night the Friday and finally the celebration on Saturday consisting of a Mass, a tribute to the school, past and present students and faculty, the official unveiling of the gym mural and barbeque.  I had time to walk around the school grounds and reminisce.  There were class room’s setup for all the graduating classes and it was fun to see all the old SWAG, school year books, team pictures and things that I would never remember unless I was there.  

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel has strived for excellence.  I was in the first grade 9 class to step foot in the present day building (OLMC was housed by 2 different schools during its construction) and know firsthand the quality of the teachers and administration at that time.  What I learned was how far the school has come since the early days of its existence.  Physically there is a new addition that was built.  No longer are there portables on the 400 meter track for which they also added a score board.  In my time the graphic arts room had only 2 computers.  Now there is a Mac on every desk.  In 2011 the Fraser Institute has ranked OLMC 97th of 718 schools in Ontario and 9th out of 31 in Mississauga.

    Some notable graduates of OLMC include the members of the Juno winning punk band Billy Talent’s  Benjamin Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa, Jonathan Gallant and Aaron Solowoniuk;  Matt Moulson of the NHL’s New York Islanders;  Kathleen Thistle – Fashion Model and Rares Crisan – Team Canada’s Men’s Rowing.

    My lasting memories of my former school was I entered as a child but left as an adult ready to take on the challenges of life.  I am happy to see many other teenagers have followed suit and give many thanks to the teachers who challenged and inspired me during those formative years. 

Todd Lee and Joe Geiser former Principle
 

By Todd Lee

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