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Dowling Dies; 'Mr. Transit' in Mississauga, ON

Edward John Dowling, 76, first and longtime general manager of Mississauga Transit (now MiWay), Mississauga, ON, and later a sales consultant to Clever Devices, died Dec. 12.

Dowling was known in Mississauga as “Mr. Transit,” remaining in the industry as a consultant following his retirement in 1998 after his almost 30 years of service to the agency.

The Canadian Urban Transit Association recognized Dowling as its Man of the Year in 1996 and gave him its lifetime achievement award in 2012. In 2015, MiWay named its operations facility in his honor.

Patrick Scully, chair of the APTA Business Member Board of Governors and executive vice president, sales and marketing, Motor Coach Industries, shared reminiscences about Dowling. “I met Ed on almost my first day of work with Ontario Bus Industries (Orion),” Scully said. “He was a true operating member partner of Orion and a true visionary who was always hugely positive and always in search of excellence.”

Dowling was responsible for numerous innovations during his tenure in Mississauga, when the system became the first in Canada with a fleet that operated air-conditioned buses, operated articulated buses and used electronic destination signs.
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