Mapping How Mississauga Gets to Work

Introduction

Mississauga has a diverse and complex transportation network including roadways, highways and public transportation. The road network in Mississauga is over 5,500 lane kilometres of road and 2,400 lane kilometers of sidewalks. From Mississauga you can access three 400 series highways including the 401, 401 and 407 ETR. Mississauga is serviced by MiWay Ontarios third largest municipal transit provider. They provide services with over 930 transit operators, 460 buses and over 3,600 bus routes.

Analysis

With all of these options how are residents of Mississauga getting to work, and are there any special trends for transportation methods. Three methods of transportation were examined in this study: driving, public transportation and walking. The census data used in this analysis was obtained from Esri Business Analyst. The analysis was conducted using the Esri ArcMap hot spot analysis tool. This tool uses the Getis-Ord Gi statistic method and identifies statistically significant hot spots. A hot spot indicates a statistically significant high area and a cold spot indicates a low area.

The hot spots for driving and public transportation show opposite trends. The majority of public transportation is centered on the downtown core and the western edge of the city. The north-west corner with ample highway access was identified as a hot spot. The analysis of walking to work shows that walking is heaviest in the southern edges of the city towards the lake shore. There is a walking cold spot that coincides to a high driving low public transportation zone.

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