Here's What The Zum System Could Look Like in 2022 in Brampton
As the fastest growing transit system in Canada in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, it’s good to know that Brampton Transit is planning ahead to support Brampton’s population. People live and work both inside and outside of Brampton, and a better transit system would impact commuters tremendously.
That said, Brampton Transit’s Zum system is like Brampton Transit 2.0. Basically, the Zum is our Bus Rapid Transit System that was introduced to get people around faster in our city.
We currently have five Zum routes in Brampton:
- Zum Queen Street - 501/501A/501C
(Downtown Terminal to York University)
- Zum Main Street - 502
(Sandalwood Parkway to the Mississauga City Centre Terminal)
- Zum Steeles Avenue - 511/511A/511C
(Lisgar GO Station to Humber College)
- Zum Bovaird Drive - 505
(Mount Pleasant GO Station to Queen Street/Goreway Drive)
- Zum Queen Street West - 561
(Downtown Terminal to Mount Pleasant GO Station)
With Brampton Transit’s 2018-2022 master plan in the works, it’s interesting to take a look at how those routes will change - and how new routes will be added.
Here’s what the Zum system could look like in four years:
Improved connections with GO Transit and other major transit terminals are the plan’s focus, as well as establishing a new Zum route - the 505 Zum Airport (which is already under construction) - and even extending service into Caledon.
To break the plans down even further, here’s what Brampton Transit wants to do with the Zum system:
The 505 Zum Airport is currently in phase one, where it’s slated to run from Bovaird Dr. and Airport Rd. to Malton GO. By 2020, the line will be extended even further to Viscount Station - Pearson Airport Terminal Link Train.
Then there’s the 502 Zum Main extension that’s planned for 2022. There could be a new 502A route where the Zum Main branch gets extended to Caledon. Currently, there is no Brampton Transit bus that runs into Caledon. But this extension is subject to agreement with Caledon and funding.
Finally, there’s the Zum Chinguacousy route that’s in the works, also for 2022. This route would replace the relatively new 104 Chinguacousy Express, though endpoints and station locations have yet to be determined. And, this route is still subject to funding, too.
Of course, improving service frequency is also on the agenda.
What do you think of the plans?
You can find the full Annual Transit Service Plan here. You can also submit feedback on the plans prior to September 2018 service improvements.