News release: April 16, 2021
Breaking down transportation barriers in Peel New shuttle service helps connect residents with vaccines as part of Transportation Assistance Program (TAP)
Brampton, ON. (April 16, 2021) – On Monday, April 19, the Region of Peel and MiWay will launch a round-trip shuttle providing non-stop service from Mississauga’s City Centre Transit Terminal to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Sportsplex Vaccination Clinic, as part of Peel’s Transportation Assistance Program (TAP).
The shuttle service hours will align with the clinic’s hours of operation. The shuttle will run approximately every 40 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., 7 days a week, helping residents get to and from their vaccination appointments. Clinic and shuttle hours of operation are subject to change.
The new shuttle is a three-week pilot project that will remain in service from April 19 to May 9 with the possibility of extension. Brampton residents have frequent transit service from Bramalea City Centre to its largest vaccine clinic. This new shuttle will provide similar transit access from Mississauga’s central transit hub to its largest vaccine clinic.
A MiWay fare is required to ride the Paramount Vaccine Clinic Shuttle. Customers can use PRESTO or a paper transfer to board and transfer between different buses on MiWay, or to transfer to public transit in neighbouring cities. With PRESTO, your transfer is active for two hours from when you first tap your card on the bus (and you don’t need a paper transfer).
Residents are reminded that COVID-19 vaccine clinics are by appointment only and that it is mandatory to wear non-medical masks or face coverings on board buses and inside terminal buildings under the City’s Face Covering By-Law.
This shuttle is one part of the TAP, which aims to remove transportation barriers that might otherwise prevent residents from getting their vaccine. Currently, TransHelp and Caledon Community Services provide free transportation for residents 65 years and older and for people of all ages who have transportation barriers. Addressing overall barriers to vaccine uptake is one of the goals of Peel’s Community Mass Vaccination Program (MVP), and every day the team is working together with community partners to find innovative ways to remove barriers.
The Region continues to work with local municipal partners and explore partnerships with private sector organizations to provide a variety of safe, efficient, and accessible transportation options for Peel’s diverse community. TAP will be a program that runs throughout the life of the MVP, and will continue to evolve and innovate in order to serve residents and ensure vaccination is accessible to all.
For transit service information residents can visit miway.ca/shuttle.
The Region is delighted to work with our local transit partners on this initiative to reduce transportation barriers and get residents vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly and safely as possible. Accessible and convenient transportation options are key to achieving our goal of vaccinating 75% of Peel’s population against COVID-19.
Brian Laundry, Mass Vaccination Plan Co-Lead
I’m thrilled the Region of Peel and MiWay are working together to offer this important shuttle service to those who need it. This third wave of COVID-19 is hitting Mississauga and Peel Region harder and faster than the previous two, and we are committed to finding new ways to get people vaccinated quickly and safely so we can stop the rampant spread of this virus in its tracks.
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.