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Brampton Transit ridership reflects city’s growth


​BRAMPTON, ON:  Whether heading to school, commuting to work, or simply getting around the city: Brampton Transit keeps people moving. In 2014, more than 20.4 million rides were taken on this City service to connect people to work, school, shopping, family and friends – a 5 per cent increase in ridership over 2013.

“Keeping pace with population growth has to be central to how we connect our community. Long-term planning for growth affects everything from bus routes to neighbourhoods to recreation programs,” says Regional Councillor Grant Gibson, Community and Public Services Committee Chair. “That’s why efficient transportation and transit – within, into and through Brampton – is a priority for this City’s economic success.”

Brampton Transit is one of the City’s major investments for good reason: its ridership growth continues to outpace the national average. Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) data shows the percentage increase for Canadian transit ridership in 2013 is 1.27 per cent. (CUTA 2014 data is not yet available.)

Ridership takes into account a full trip as one ride, even though that passenger may transfer to one or two buses to complete their trip. The City’s total 2014 ridership was 20,411,022 passengers.

In 2010, the City launched Züm – its bus rapid transit service – to address the need for improved transportation options in Canada’s fourth-fastest growing city. Due to the City’s partnership with the federal and provincial governments, Züm now has routes along Main, Bovaird, Queen East and Steeles East. Two new Züm routes are coming soon: Steeles West in 2015, and Queen West in 2016.

Visit www.bramptontransit.com for more information.


About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.

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