Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, is working with the City of Brampton, Brampton Transit, Peel Region, and York Region to develop a framework for advancing rapid transit along the Queen Street-Highway 7 corridor. Called the Queen Street-Highway 7 BRT Planning Study and Initial Business Case (IBC), the study will recommend a preferred approach for upgrading the existing Züm services on Queen Street to full rapid transit standard – along with extending the Viva BRT Rapidway from York Region. Planning for BRT in dedicated lanes will allow for future expansion in infrastructure, technology, and capacity over the longer term as warranted by demand, operational requirements, and technology availability.
As presented at the June 20, 2018 Committee of Council meeting and the June 21 and 25 Public Information Centre events, it has been determined that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in dedicated lanes should be the first step in implementing rapid transit in the Queen Street East corridor. The projected timeframe for implementation is five to 10 years, subject to funding and approvals.