Major Changes Proposed for Busy Street in Brampton


Although many people grumble about construction and all the headaches associated with it (which is fair, no one likes delays), urban rejuvenation is, on its face, exciting (for the most part).

Next week, the city of Brampton is hosting an open house to discuss the Queen Street Transit Master Plan—a plan that will, ideally, bring BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) or LRT (Light Rail Transit) to the corridor.

As you most certainly already know, Queen Street is one of the city's most crucial east-west roads that runs through Brampton and eventually becomes Highway 7 in Vaughan. It is what the city calls "a key arterial link to major centres beyond Brampton's boundaries."

The city is looking at long-term revitalization and urbanized intensification along the artery (which makes sense, given its key placement in a growing and densifying city) and transit is, naturally, part and parcel of that plan.

According to the city, Brampton's vision for transit includes a shift from existing Zum bus service to dedicated rapid transit between the downtown Brampton and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre mobility hubs/urban growth centres.

It' also important to note that transit service along this corridor will interface with the Kitchener GO line and Zum services in the west end and York Region Transit/VIVA and the TTC in the east end.

According to the city, the Queen Street Transit Master Plan will recommend a transit technology (LRT, BRT or a combination of both) for the corridor from McLaughlin Road to Regional Road 50.

Building upon the study completed by Metrolinx in 2013 entitled Queen Street Corridor Benefits Costs Analysis (BCA), the study will also examine land use, urban design, active transportation, and traffic within the Queen Street corridor.

The public information centre will be held on May 18 at in the Atrium at City Hall.


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