Government Partnership Celebrates Launch Of Züm Bus Rapid Transit Service In Brampton
David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon; the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's Minister of Transportation; and Her Worship Susan Fennell, mayor of Brampton, today participated in a launch event for Züm, Brampton's first bus rapid transit (BRT) service, and the official opening of the new Brampton Transit Bramalea Terminal.
Züm service will run along Queen Street, from downtown Brampton to York University, and will begin operations on September 20, 2010.
"Investments in regional transit links will connect cities, create jobs, boost the Canadian economy and improve the environment," said MP Tilson. "This rapid transit system will provide commuters in Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area with a more efficient transit option, while cutting commute times and taking more cars off the road."
"Supporting public transit projects across Ontario makes good economic and environmental sense," said Minister Wynne. "New Züm BRT service will provide convenient and timely access to other transit networks in Toronto, Mississauga, York Region and GO Transit, and reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Transit investments like this are part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan to strengthen our economy and create more jobs and opportunities across the province."
"The launch of Züm marks an incredibly important milestone for both Brampton Transit and the City of Brampton," said Mayor Fennell. "City council made it a priority to work quickly and efficiently with senior levels in government to deliver a modern, reliable and environmentally friendly bus rapid transit system to the people of Brampton, on time and on budget. With the launch of Züm service on September 20, Bramptonians will benefit from a sleek, state-of-the-art, world-class rapid transit system that will connect them with major events and activities in and around Brampton, and across the GTA."
The $285-million Brampton Züm project is being delivered in two phases, and the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Brampton are equal funding partners. In addition to the Queen Street corridor, Phase 1 also includes construction of BRT lines on Main Street and Steeles Avenue, with scheduled completion by September 2011 and September 2012 respectively. Work is ongoing and future events will be held to mark important construction milestones. Phase 2 of the project will expand services along Queen Street and Steeles Avenue, as well as introducing service on Bovaird Drive. Completion of the second phase is expected by 2021.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $95 million through the FLOW initiative. 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.
For more information on Ontario's transit investments, visit www.ontario.ca/transportation-news.
A backgrounder with information on funding for FLOW, the Government of Canada's transportation action plan for the Greater Toronto Area, and Brampton Züm is attached.