What is Züm?
Züm is an initiative of the City of Brampton and Brampton Transit to introduce enhanced, uniquely branded Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services along the City’s key north-south and east-west arterial corridors.
- Queen Street (Fall 2010): Downtown Brampton to York University
- Main Street (Fall 2011): Sandalwood Parkway to Mississauga City Centre
- Steeles Avenue (Fall 2012): Shoppers World to Humber College
Züm is intended to significantly improve the reliability, frequency and quality of transit service and provide better connectivity within Brampton and throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Züm replaces AcceleRide as the brand name of the BRT service. AcceleRide, however, remains the working title of the project as it was used to secure funding from the Federal and Provincial governments.
What Züm means: Unique to transit systems around the world and all products/services in general, Züm (pronounced ‘Zoom’) stand alone as a brand name thanks to its unusual spelling and sleek design. Züm literally means the sound of something speedy or a fast movement. The graphic represents speed, linkage and world-class style.
How Züm is different: Züm will benefit from a wide-range of transit priority measures that will allow the service to gain travel time advantages in mixed traffic, ensuring a frequent and reliable mode of transportation. Züm will feature enhanced, uniquely-branded BRT vehicles and Station Stops. While Züm will be a unique addition to Brampton Transit’s overall service, it will not be a separate operating system.
The Züm initiative complements ongoing Brampton Transit improvements and implements key elements of the City’s longer-term “multi-modal” vision for transportation described in the Transportation and Transit Master Plan, October 2004 (TTMP).
The budget is planned at $285 million over 12 to 15 years to implement the full Züm initiative. The first phase of implementation along the Queen St., Main St. and Steeles Ave. corridors will require an investment of $159 million. Subsequent phases to expand the service to additional corridors will cost an additional $126 million.
BRT program costs include:
- Roadway infrastructure, intersection modifications and signal priority equipment.
- New terminals and stations with high quality passenger amenities.
- Capital equipment, including new vehicles for expanded and re-branded service.
- Intelligent Transportation System technologies including real-time passenger information.