BRAMPTON, ON, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament
for Brampton West; Vic Dhillon, Member of Provincial Parliament for
Brampton West; and Susan Fennell, Mayor of Brampton, participated in a
groundbreaking today for the next phase of Brampton's bus rapid transit
(BRT) project known as Brampton Züm.
The $285-million Brampton Züm project is being delivered in two phases.
Phase II of the project expands service along Queen Street and Steeles
Avenue, and will introduce service on Bovaird Drive. Completion is
expected by the end of 2017.
"Following on the success of Phase I, it's great to see the Züm project
moving forward," said MP Seeback. "This rapid transit system will help
increase economic growth and will improve the quality of life for
residents of Brampton by providing a more efficient transit option,
while cutting commute times and taking more cars off the road."
"Building transit helps create jobs now and in the future and helps
people move safely and more easily. This is part of the Ontario
government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in
infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate,"
said MPP Dhillon. "By improving transit, people will spend less time
commuting and more time with their families.
"Züm is a leading example of Brampton working with the provincial and
federal governments to deliver real results for families, students,
small business owners - and all residents," said Mayor Fennell.
"Brampton's modern, creative and competitive economy relies on
world-class transit, like Züm. Our popular and extensive bus-rapid
transit network is moving people faster and more efficiently throughout
Brampton and the GTHA."
Phase II will see Züm service launch along Bovaird Drive from the Mount
Pleasant GO station to Airport Road in 2014. In 2015, Züm service will
launch on Steeles Avenue, west of the new Brampton Gateway Terminal to
the Lisgar GO station in Mississauga. And, in 2016, Züm service will
launch along Queen Street, west of the Downtown Terminal to the Mount
Pleasant GO station (via Mississauga Road).
Phase I included construction of BRT lines on Queen Street completed in
September 2010, Main Street completed in September 2011, and Steeles
Avenue completed in fall 2012. In addition, Phase I included the
purchase of twenty 60-foot articulated buses that can carry 40 per cent
more passengers than the traditional 40-foot buses.
The Government of Canada has committed up to $95 million for both phases
of Brampton's plan. The Province of Ontario has already provided its
contribution of $95 million, and the City of Brampton will fund the
remaining $95 million in total project costs.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Minister of Transportation
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Coordinator, Mainstream Media
City of Brampton
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