Big Changes Proposed for Brampton Transit System
While Brampton has received a ton of good news regarding transit funding this year (both the provincial and federal governments have pledged some monetary support for the growing city's transportation needs), the city is still tasked with deciding how its transit system will take shape over the coming years.
For that reason, the city is inviting residents to weigh in on some transit shifts and changes it's proposing.
The city says its goal and objectives for its 2017 plan include providing service to new growth areas, addressing under-serviced transit corridors, improving schedule reliability, improving connections between routes, obtaining stakeholder and public input and developing services in new corridors for future growth. All of the proposed changes are subject to council budget approval.
The city has also proposed a five-year business plan for Brampton Transit (2018-2022).
Some key initiatives under review:
- New Airport Road Zum Corridor (2018)
- Connection to Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) corridor at Brampton Gateway Terminal (2022) Connection to Finch LRT corridor at Humber College (2021)
- New and realigned routes serving growing residential areas and employment lands
- Frequency improvements on routes with high ridership
- Improved integration with Peel TransHelp for persons with disabilities
- Revised service standards and performance targets to maximize efficiency and match service levels to ridership demand
- Steps to improve technology for a better customer experience
As for some other proposed changes, the city has some new ideas for a handful of routes.
As far as the Chinguacousy route goes, the city is proposing some changes in terms of 104 Chinguacousy Express stops. The proposed changes call for limited stop express service that will operates between Mount Pleasant GO Station and the Brampton Gateway Terminal via Sheridan College on weekdays.
The city is also proposing to extend route 6 to Mount Pleasant Village via James Potter Road, better connecting riders to the GO station.
The city has also proposed some changes to the 501/501A Zum Queen route. This route is being analyzed in light of the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension, as that project will bring huge changes to routes that connect to the university.
Here's a look at the options:
Maintain existing service:
Route 501 to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) / 501A to York University:
Route 501 to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) / No 501A
The city is also proposing some changes to the Zum Airport Road route.
Right now, the city is working on obtaining public feedback on the proposed route changes, which people can submit here.
So, what are your thoughts, Brampton?
Is the city moving in the right direction with its proposals?