A better Mississauga Mississauga 2.0

Mississauga is one of the most fastest growing city in Canada. however, with that, many other social and environmental problems and benefits grow with it too. The problem can exceed to difficulties like urban sprawl, more consumption of water and energy means more pollution, too much waste and lastly, traffic jams and bad transportation. Rick Hansen secondary school has chosen me as the transportation planner to revise Mississauga. I am here to provide solutions to the problems regarding transportation.

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Issues and problems with transportation in Mississauga

The problems that Mississauga and the GTA are facing because of transportation are pollution and accidents. The average car usage of residants is more 70%. on top of that, cars and motor vehicles release approximately 333 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually which creates not only a huge problem within Mississauga but the entire world. Other issues with transportation include tight and traffic roads that can cause big major accidents at capacity which include Mississauga Road, Erin Mills parkway, Finch avenue, Derry Road and e.t.c. Most importantly, Mississauga's transportation is that there is a lack of transportation option. For example public biking options, trains and subways. Lastly due to Mississauga being a major commute city with Toronto, having our roads small and tight, congest a lot of cars passing through Mississauga. plus, traffic jams issues because as of now Mississauga is becoming more and more over populated. As the population goes up more and more transportation is need when there isn't even provided.

How Does Transportation Make Mississauga Unsustainable?

The issue of having an unsustainable Mississauga is due to the everlasting growth of Mississauga. As Mississauga continues to grow it's population and city, the more space we use for our roads thus we're unable to make larger roads to provide for the everlasting population and use of transportation. Along with Mississauga being a major commute city for workers who live further away from Toronto. For example, Brampton to Mississauga to Toronto. While Mississauga is a major and helpful commute city, it has some major drawbacks, due to the cities own transportation problems such as small and congested roads around times when people finish their work. There are tons of traffic and congested roads, because most of the roads are only 2 lines this causes problems for people who get a late start on rushing home. Because Mississauga is a major commute city, the population within Mississauga struggles due to the roads and commutes of others. As for the options of getting back quicker there isn't a lot of bike lanes. or any quicker way of getting back home or to another location without having to beat the traffic or find an alternative way, which in turn could take twice as long.

Some other reasons of having an unsustainable transportation is due to more people driving then biking or walking. More driving means more green house gases into the air and causing global warming. T he harmful gases in the atmosphere can contribute to acid rain. many people buy latest cars these years which cost is super high, however those cars after some years are thrown away or not used, and all the materials are wasted. Making these cars takes alot of money and natural resources. Too much fuel is burned for vehicles to run. lastly, people always being unfit and unhealthy due to always relying on cars and not walking or biking.

How do you propose to make Mississauga more sustainable within your urban planning committee?

The urban planning committee will make wider and larger roads to at least minimize the amount of traffic we have in Mississauga. After, we will try to sell more electric and hydrogic car by promoting them, and encouraging people to bike and walk more by offering them awards and prizes. Provide more transportation options such as public biking like they have in Toronto, or have closer shops as that would make people walk instead of using cars. Or we should build a Straddling bus. The Straddling bus will run along a fixed route, and its passenger compartment spans the width of two traffic lanes. Its undercarriage rides along the edges of the two lanes it straddles and the overall height is 4 to 4.5 m (13.1 to 14.8 ft). Vehicles lower than 2 m (6.6 ft) high will be able to pass underneath the bus, reducing the number of traffic jams caused by ordinary buses loading and unloading at bus stops. Another plan is the "Hurontario LRT Project." The Hurontario LRT Project is a planned light rail line in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, that extends into Brampton, Ontario. Why light rail transit, well because Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a transportation system based on electrically powered trains, designed to be easy, reliable, frequent, comfortable and convenient. We are also going to help raise awareness of driving to adults and kids to understand the harmful effects. These were a few of my ideas for helping make Mississauga more sustainable.

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