While transit riders seem to be disappearing across Canada, it has been quite the opposite for Brampton.

In 2017 Brampton saw an unprecedented 18 per cent increase in ridership, making Brampton Transit one of the fastest growing transit agencies in Canada.

Unsurprisingly, about half of the transit ridership growth happened along Brampton’s Züm corridors on Queen Street, Main Street, Steeles Avenue, and Bovaird Drive. Brampton Transit introduced an additional 36,000 hours of service to meet the demand last year.

“As one of the fastest-growing Canadian cities, I believe Brampton residents deserve superior transit services with a well-connected network and leading-edge technology. We have invested significantly in public transit,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey in a press release.

One of the things fuelling the growth is Brampton’s young population. The city’s recent census numbers show that 52 per cent of the city’s 593,000 residents are under 24 years of age.

The city’s rapidly growing population can also account for the massive transit growth. Approximately 40 people move into Brampton every day or about 14,000 people yearly.

As part of the city’s plan to meet the needs of its growing population, the Airport Road Züm line is currently underway.