City prioritizing expansion of Brampton Transit to match ridership growth in 2022 proposed budget

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Published November 17, 2021 at 9:51 am

The City of Brampton has allocated $26 million of the proposed 2022 budget for improving transit.

According to the budget (which still has yet to be finalized), $19 million would go towards new buses, the majority of which will be electric, and $17 million will be used for the service expansion of Züm service on the Chinguacousy Road corridor.

“One of our top priorities every year in the budget is to expand our transit routes and our ability to handle the growth in ridership,” Mayor Patrick Brown said during a press conference on Wednesday (November 17). “We have the fastest-growing ridership in the country, so not only are we adding more capacity, but we’re also looking at expanding the footprint of Brampton Transit.”

The City intends to increase the number of Brampton Transit buses that are electric next year, with the ultimate goal of becoming the first big city in Canada with a fully-electric transit fleet.

Additionally, the City is prioritizing expanding the LRT into the city’s downtown core.

“We hope to expand our LRT into the downtown with the tunnel proposal that council adopted,” Brown said. “Next week I’ll be in Ottawa pitching funding for that key project with the government of Canada.”

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