Planning Context

Metrolinx Benefits Management Lifecycle
In 2017, Metrolinx introduced a formal framework for evaluating the benefits, impacts, and costs of major transit projects and programs – building on the principles of business case development and decision-making at stage-gates throughout the lifecycle of a project.  Referred to as “benefits management”, the framework is intended to ensure that decisions made by Metrolinx on any major transit project or program are aligned with the stated benefits and strategic objectives – throughout the lifecycle of a project.

Two guidance documents on Metrolinx’s business case requirements and benefits management are relevant to Queen Street-Highway 7 BRT:
  • Guidance 1: Metrolinx’s Business Case Overview provides a concise summary of the overall business case approach used by Metrolinx to help stakeholders, decision-makers, and the public interpret business cases prepared by Metrolinx and/or its stakeholders.
  • Guidance 2: Business Case Guidance provides detailed information on how to lead the development of a Business Case and lays out the methods and parameters to support the analysis.
York Region Highway 7 West Rapidway Project (Under Construction)
York Region and Metrolinx are currently implementing dedicated transit lanes (“Rapidway”) for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) operation along the Highway 7 corridor. Construction is currently underway along Highway 7 between Richmond Hill Centre and Helen Street/Bruce Street in Vaughan.  Brampton Transit's Züm Queen service on Highway 7 is planned to operate on the new Rapidway upon completion.

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Brampton 2040 Vision (2018)
By 2040, Queen Street is envisioned to:

  • Become a rapid transit spine;
  • Support a higher density and scale; and
  • Be a destination for living, working, and playing.

The current Queen Street rapid transit study will set the stage for the implementation of the vision as it relates to Queen Street.

To review the Brampton 2040 Vision, click here.

Metrolinx 2041 Regional Transportation Plan (2018)
Queen Street is identified as an "in development" rapid transit project by Metrolinx, and it is a key component of the proposed 2041 frequent rapid transit network.

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City of Brampton Transportation Master Plan (2015)
Queen Street is identified as "new rapid transit" by 2031 in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP).  It is also identified by Council as one of the top transit priorities in the city.

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Queen Street Rapid Transit Benefits Case (2013)
This Metrolinx-led study evaluated BRT and LRT options, and reaffirmed that there is high ridership potential along the Queen Street corridor to support upgrading the existing Züm service to dedicated transit lanes, providing a faster and more frequent service.

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Queen Street East Improvements Environmental Assessment (2008)
This City-led study recommended that the widening of Queen Street to six lanes between Centre Street and Highway 410 should accommodate future Züm service operating in the centre median in reserved bus lanes.

Brampton AcceleRide Project Business Case (2007)
To realize the vision of a city-wide rapid transit network first set out in the 2004 Transportation and Transit Master Plan (TTMP), the City undertook a business case for the AcceleRide transit initiative, now known as Züm.

The business case recommended an initial network of six routes providing limited-stop, express bus services operating in mixed-traffic.  The business case further recommended that, by 2021 and beyond, the initial network should be upgraded from mixed-traffic to either BRT or Light Rail Transit (LRT) operating in exclusive median lanes.