- What is Zum?
Züm is Brampton Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. With its limited stops, advanced technology and real-time next bus information, Züm connects people and places within Brampton and throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
- Is Züm part of Brampton Transit?
Yes. Züm is part of Brampton Transit. It is a new service offered by the City of Brampton as part of its overall public transportation system.
- How is Züm different from other Brampton Transit services?
Züm has limited stops to reduce travel times and advanced technology to ensure the service remains remain on schedule, even in mixed traffic. Züm puts riders in control of their commute with real-time next bus information available at all Züm stations stops and Brampton Transit terminals. Real-time next bus information is available on Brampton Transit’s entire fleet and can be accessed through Next Ride – via the website, cell phones and other mobile devices.
- What does Züm mean?
Züm represents a forward-thinking, modern rapid transit service. Züm is pronounced “zoom” – the sound of something moving fast. Züm’s graphics evoke speed, linkage, modernity and world-class style.
- What is Bus Rapid Transit?
BRT is a public transit solution that supports high-capacity routes and has benefits similar to rail transportation – using world-class technologies to connect people and places.
- Why does the City of Brampton need Bus Rapid Transit?
The City of Brampton recognizes the need for long-term transit planning to support the city’s increasing population. A BRT service supports Brampton’s high-demand corridors and Züm not only aids travellers within Brampton, but also provides greater connectivity to the rest of the GTA.
- Does it cost more to ride Züm?
No. All Züm fares
are the same as Brampton Transit’s conventional service. All Brampton Transit transfers and PRESTO cards can be used to ride Züm.
- Am I able to transfer from Brampton Transit buses to Züm?
Yes. Züm works seamlessly with all of Brampton Transit’s conventional service routes. You can transfer between the two services quickly and easily with no additional fare required.
- How will I know my Züm bus is on time?
Next bus information is posted in real time on digital displays at all Züm station stops and terminals. Real-time information is also available on the Brampton Transit website, via cell phones and other mobile devices.
- How far apart are Züm station stops compared to regular Brampton Transit bus stops?
Züm buses only stop at major intersections such as Kennedy Road, Rutherford Road and Dixie Road. This differs from conventional services, which often make several stops in between major intersections. Züm station stops are easy to identify thanks to their unique branding and fresh, bright look.
- How frequently do the Züm buses run?
Züm Queen Street: Weekdays, approximately every 7 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours, and every 10 minutes during mid-day and 10-15 minutes during the rest of the day.
Weekends, every 15 minutes.
Züm Main Street: Weekdays, approximately every 8 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours, and 12 minutes during mid-day and 12-15 minutes during the rest of the day.
Weekends, 15 minutes.
Züm Steeles Avenue: Weekdays, approximately every 7 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours, 10 minutes during mid-day and 20 minutes during the rest of the day.
Weekends, every 20 minutes.
Züm Bovaird Drive: Weekends, approximately every 15 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours, and 20 minutes during mid-day.
Weekends, every 20 minutes.
Züm Queen West: Weekends, approximately every 15 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours, and 20 minutes during mid-day.
All four services run seven days a week.
- How does Züm reduce travel times?
Züm has benefits similar to rail transportation because it has limited stops and offers service more frequently throughout the day.
All Züm buses are equipped with on-board technology that can influence the traffic signals. The technology is triggered automatically and is only triggered if a Züm bus is running behind schedule. When the technology is triggered, the traffic light will either hold the green light a little longer, or shorten the red light a little to allow the Züm bus to pass through the intersection and get back on schedule.
- If there’s a schedule delay, how is the Züm schedule modified?
Züm schedules are tracked in real time and available online, over the phone and at all Züm station stops and Brampton Transit terminals. Schedules are updated regularly to reflect the actual time of arrival, not just the scheduled time.
- Are Züm buses accessible?
Yes. Züm buses feature wider doors and ramps, as well as an increased entryway. Züm buses also kneel to 10 inches and are easily accessible for those using a wheelchair or stroller.
- How many seats are on a Züm bus?
There are 38 seats on each Züm bus.
- Is Züm more environmentally friendly?
Public transportation is already an environmentally friendly transportation option, but Züm takes sustainability to a whole new level. All Züm buses use clean hybrid diesel-electric technology, boasting an eight to 10% reduction in fuel consumption compared to conventional diesel vehicles. Fuel efficiency is further maximized by Züm’s 10% reduction in weight compared to conventional buses. Power consumption is minimized by the use of LED head lights and interior lighting as well as the high-efficiency Thermo King Climate Control System.