Answering Your Questions About Züm

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expandWhat 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).
Züm Queen Street service began in the fall of 2010. Züm Main Street service began operating in September 2011 and Züm Steeles Avenue service will start in fall of 2012.
expandHow is Züm different from regular Brampton Transit?
Züm has limited stops to reduce travel times and advanced technology to ensure you remain on schedule, even in mixed traffic. Züm puts you in control of your commute with real-time next bus information that’s available online, over the phone, on your mobile devices and at all Züm station stops and Brampton Transit terminals.
expandIs 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.
expandAre there going to be more Züm routes in addition to Queen Street?
Yes. Additional lines along Main Street (Sandalwood Parkway to Mississauga City Centre) and Steeles Avenue (Shoppers World to Humber College) will follow in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
expandWhat 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.
expandWhat 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.
expandWhy 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, including Queen Street, Main Street and Steeles Avenue. Züm not only aids travellers within Brampton, but also provide greater connectivity to the rest of the GTA.
expandHow 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.
expandDoes it cost more to ride Züm?
No. Züm cash fare is $3.50, the same as Brampton Transit’s conventional service. All Brampton Transit transfers, tickets, passes and PRESTO cards can be used to ride Züm.
expandAm 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. 

expandHow 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.
expandHow does Züm influence traffic signals?
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.
expandIf 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.
expandDoes the Züm bus go directly into York U?
Yes. Züm goes directly to York University using Queen Street/Highway 7. There are two Züm Queen Street routes – 501 and 501A. Both routes travel along Queen Street and Highway 7, stopping at major intersections along the corridor. Route 501A only runs during peak periods (i.e., rush hour) and utilizes Highway 407 beginning at Highway 427.
expandHow frequently do the Züm buses run?
Züm Queen Street service runs approximately every 7-10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours and every 15 minutes during the rest of the day.

Züm Main Street service runs approximately every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours and every 20 minutes during the rest of the day.
 
Züm Steeles Avenue service runs approximately every 7 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours; 12 minutes during mid-day and 20 minutes during the rest of the day.
 
All three services run seven days a week.
expandAre 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.
expandHow 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. 

expandHow many seats are on a Züm bus?
There are 38 seats on each Züm bus.