Brampton Moving Forward on Major Zum Route Extension
Big plans are always in the works for Brampton Transit, and if you take the bus, you might be excited to learn that the city is on track to complete a major Zum route extention.
Brampton Transit’s express fleet of buses - the Zum - now boasts five routes. There’s the 501/501A/501C Queen, the 502 Main, the 505 Bovaird, the 511 Steeles and the 561 Queen West. Now, big changes are officially coming to the 505 Bovaird.
If you’ve been in the area, you may have noticed that Zum construction has begun on Airport Road to extend the current Bovard service to Malton GO Station!
That’s right, the city has chosen to extend the line into Malton. Earlier this year, three options were presented in terms of where to extend the 505 until - Bramalea GO, Malton GO, or Pearson Airport.
Currently, the 505 runs from Mount Pleasant GO to Queen and Goreway.
After the Airport and Bovaird stop on the 505, the Zum bus is set to service a few new Zum stations, including North Park Drive/Cottrelle, Williams Parkway, Queen, Woodslea/Intermodel, Steeles, and Morning Star, before turning on Derry and ending at Malton GO.
The extention will offer a new connection to GO Train Service - Kitchener Line as well as MiWay services at Melton GO and at Airport/Morning Star.
Further, there are future connections planned for the 505 extension, wherein it will connect to the planned Regional Express Rail.
Here’s a handy visual of the extension, courtesy of the City:
A recent City Council meeting confirmed that the route extension is on track to launch come Fall 2018!
According to Brampton’s proposed budget for 2018, Brampton Transit plans to “strategically increase service to accommodate growth” - including this Airport Zum service to Malton GO, with a proposed operating budget of just over $66 million, and a proposed capital budget of just over $32 million.
Route 30 Airport is still expected to run alongside the extension.
So, a Zum bus will indeed run along Airport to Malton GO about a year from now.