New Queen West service marks final milestone of the $285 million Brampton Züm project
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO: Investing in transit infrastructure is essential to support economic growth and provide a high standard of living for Canadians. Modern transit projects, such as this one, help connect Canadians to jobs, friends and family, making a real difference in their daily lives.
Brampton Transit’s launch of the Züm Queen West service has marked the final project milestone of an ongoing partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Brampton.
Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Brampton-West, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, and Mayor Linda Jeffrey were on hand at the Mount Pleasant GO station, the terminus for the new 561 Züm Queen West route.
With the completion of the Züm routes, the remaining project work will include the purchase of buses, completion of the Sandalwood Facility and the installation of automated vehicle maintenance systems on each bus.
The Brampton Züm project was funded by all three levels of government, with the federal and provincial governments contributing $95 million each, and the municipality funding the remainder. The project was delivered in two phases:
• Phase I included construction of Bus Rapid Transit lines on Queen Street East completed in September 2010, Main Street completed in September 2011, and Steeles Avenue East completed in fall 2012. In addition, Phase I included the purchase of twenty 60-foot articulated buses that carry 40 per cent more passengers than the traditional 40-foot buses.
• Phase II saw Züm service launch along Bovaird Drive from the Mount Pleasant GO station to Queen Street and Goreway Drive in 2014. In 2015, Züm expanded its Steeles Avenue West line westbound from the Brampton Gateway Terminal to Lisgar GO station in Mississauga. September 6 marked the launch of Züm Queen West, providing service from the Downtown Terminal to Mount Pleasant GO station.
“Affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is important to allow Canadians to get to work on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. Public transit infrastructure is what connects citizens to their communities and allows them to be active participants, both socially and economically. Züm is a vital public transportation project that will make Brampton a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable city for the middle class."
Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Brampton-West on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Ontario’s unprecedented investments and improvements in public transit are helping to make the daily commute more convenient across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. The Brampton Züm BRT service will provide accessible, modern transit infrastructure that will manage congestion, reduce commute times, create jobs and improve the quality of life for residents of Brampton and all Ontarians.”
Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“When governments at all levels work together we can accomplish great things. Since the launch of Züm in 2010, we have seen an increase in ridership of nearly 60%. Brampton residents continue to prove that transit investments make sense as we build a more liveable city. On behalf of our residents, I thank the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario for their continued commitment to building a better, more livable Brampton.”
Mayor Linda Jeffrey, City of Brampton