Brampton Transit has just unveiled its business plan for the next five years (2018-2022), outlining new expansions and major service upgrades.
Included in the new business plan is the 2018 Airport Road Züm expansion, the 2020 extension of the new line to Pearson Airport, and then the implementation of a new Züm line on Chinguacousy Road in 2022.
There will also be service expansions to existing Züm lines in response to other rapid transit projects, such as the Hurontario LRT, Highway 7 West BRT project in York Region, and the Finch West LRT to Humber College in Toronto.
Specific service improvements are still being finalized, but we do have some details for the next five years:
- 2018: 505 Bovaird extension along Airport Road to Malton GO, increased service on the 501 Queen due to the Spadina Subway Extension to York University and Highway 7
- 2019: Additional buses on the 502 Main in order to maintain headways as Hurontario LRT construction begins
- 2020: Saturday service on the 561 Queen West, 505 Bovaird extension from Malton GO to Pearson Airport
- 2021: 511 Steeles service improvements and modifications due to the Finch West LRT to Humber College opening, 501 Queen service modifications as Highway 7 West BRT from Bruce (east of Islington) to Yonge Street is operational
- 2022: 504 Chinguacousy Züm replaces the 104 Chinguacousy Express between Mount Pleasant GO and Brampton Gateway Terminal, 502 Main ends at Steeles as Hurontario LRT is complete, 502 Main could be extended north to Mayfield and into Caledon
Brampton Transit will continue to expand “Base Grid” (routes that operate mainly on one road like Dixie or Sandalwood) and “Local” (community route) services, in demand to ridership, new road construction, and new building growth.
43 new Züm buses and 41 conventional service buses will be required to meet demand in the busiest time (afternoon rush hour) by 2022. In total, 175 new buses will be needed by 2022 to add new service and to replace the oldest buses in the fleet.
While transit signal priority has mainly been introduced to Züm routes, the new business plan outlines the possibility of adding it to some of the Base Grid routes, as well as introducing HOV lanes on city and regional roads.
Better customer service will be offered through real-time bus tracking (similar to the Toronto Transit Commission) through the regional trip planner Triplinx and Google Maps. The city plans to launch the GTFS real-time bus feed some time in 2018. Brampton Transit will also be exploring the possibility of wifi service on buses.
The full Brampton Transit 2018-2022 business plan has been extracted from the council agenda and can be read online here.