Big changes and new routes planned for Brampton Transit

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Published April 2, 2024 at 12:42 pm

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With big changes in store for Brampton Transit, the city wants to hear from residents about service changes including adding routes, improving service times and building a new transit hub downtown.

The city is holding four town hall meetings this week starting on Tuesday to share updates to the Brampton Transit annual service plan, which includes large projects like the Brampton Transit Chinguacousy Road Züm project, as well as smaller tweaks like adding additional trips or extending routes.

With a long list of proposed changes on the way, the city is asking residents and Brampton Transit riders to give feedback on the updates before they go live to help shape the future of public transit in the city.

Two Brampton Transit town hall meetings will run on Tuesday at the Cassie Campbell Community Cen​tre and the Gore Meadows Community Centre, with two more sessions on Thursday at the Bramalea Terminal and Brampton Gateway Terminal.

Riders who can’t make the meetings in person can still make their opinions about the changes heard by filling out an online comment form.

Among the service plan highlights is the Chinguacousy Road Züm project which is planned to travel along Steeles Avenue and Sandalwood Parkway with limited stops to reduce travel times and real-time bus information.

The standard Chinguacousy bus Route 4/4A is one of the busiest in Brampton, and the planned expansion of BRT service will help with increased ridership along the Chinguacousy Road corridor.

With a population of more than 656,000, the city says Brampton only receives $5,030 per capita for transit project funding – a number Mayor Patrick Brown has said is too low when looking at other cities like Toronto ($14,240) or Hamilton ($5,970).

“Through customer and staff feedback, Brampton Transit is committed to improving service while supporting its rapid growth.,” the city said in a release urging residents to attend the town hall meetings.

Even more public transportation options will be coming to Brampton now that the province is moving ahead with the Hazel McCallion LRT line and an expansion into downtown. The province says the Hazel McCallion line extensions have been marked as “priority transit projects.”

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