Shoppers World Terminal

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Shoppers World Terminal
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Shoppers World Terminal platforms.JPG
Location 100 Steeles Avenue West
Brampton, Ontario
Canada
Coordinates 43°39′50″N 79°44′12″W / 43.66389°N 79.73667°W / 43.66389; -79.73667
Owned by City of Brampton
Bus operators
  MiWay
History
Opened 2001
Closed 2012
Traffic
Passengers (2009) 9000 daily[1]

Shoppers World Terminal is a Brampton Transit bus station that used to serve the south-central and western areas of Brampton, Ontario, including the neighbourhood of Peel Village. It is located on Steeles Avenue, west of Hurontario Street, in the parking lot of Shoppers World Brampton shopping centre. The building includes a service counter, snack vending machines, and a heated waiting area. Washrooms at the station were only for Brampton Transit employees.

The terminal was replaced by the new Brampton Gateway Terminal, located on the northwest corner of Steeles Avenue and Main Street, on 26 November 2012.[2]

As of 2009, it was the second busiest terminal in Brampton, after the Bramalea Terminal, which has also been relocated.[1]

History[edit]

A transit terminal was built at Shoppers World in 1981.[1]

Six routes went to Shoppers World, as of 1989: 1B Queen from City Centre Terminal, later going to Sheridan College, 2 Main from Heart Lake Terminal to Sheridan, 7 Kennedy down Heart Lake and over to Shoppers World, 8 Centre, along the same route from City Centre, and 11 Steeles, to Albion and Humberline, Martin Grove Loop on Saturdays.[3]

Building rehabilitation lasted a few months in 2009.[4]

Issues related to the terminal's safety had been raised. The terminal is in a busy section of the mall parking lot, near independent multicultural grocery store Oceans Fresh Food Market. In April 2011, the Accessibility Advisory Committee discussed the matter of the paint signalling the ramp to some bus platforms was faded, an issue for those lacking full depth perception; no motions were considered, but the Accessibility Coordinator later talked with Brampton Transit.[5]

New terminal[edit]

In 2009, the manager of Land Use Policy recommended that, with the addition of Acceleride (later Züm) and a proposed Hurontario-Main Street LRT, there was a "demonstrated need" to move the terminal to the corner of Hurontario and Steeles. Such a move would allow less diversion time from the route to the station, and for a larger station.[1] As a stop on the potential LRT, the terminal is considered part of the Hurontario Higher Order Transit corridor.[6] Expropriations directly on the corner allowed for the terminal to be moved;,[7] which stood in contrast to the old location which was leased.[8] As of spring 2010, the terminal redesign and relocation was scheduled to coincide with the Zum Main Street launch in fall 2011;[9] it was listed as a 2011 service initiative in the agency's 2011 Current and Capital Budget.[10]

Contract 2011-095, for the construction of the new terminal, its amenities, plus road and intersection improvements was awarded to Graham Construction and Engineering. The lowest tender, the contract was worth $10,190,340.[11] Earlier estimates presumed an $8.3 million cost. A city report placed the "higher actual costs" on a limited construction timeline and tendering the contract during the summer.[12]

Shoppers World would be on a proposed light rail corridor along Main and Hurontario, from downtown Brampton (including the Brampton GO Station) to Port Credit, passing the Cooksville GO Station.[13]

As of 26 November 2012, the Shopper's World Terminal was closed and the new Brampton Gateway Terminal began operations. All the routes that had been serviced by the Shopper's World Terminal, along with some new routes, were now being serviced from the Brampton Gateway Terminal. The terminal is abandoned and is scheduled for demolition and returning the area of the terminal to be a parking lot for the shopping mall.

A MiWay bus leaving the terminal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d David Waters, editor, "Recommendation Report: Proposed Interim Control By-Law, Hurontario Corridor/Main Street Study Wards 1, 3, 4, 5", City of Brampton, March 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Gateway Terminal Brochure
  3. ^ Bateson, Paul A. (May–June 1989). "An Olympian Transit System: A Short Review of Brampton Transit". Transfer Points. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Mackenzie, Robert (16 March 2009). "Brampton Transit re-organizes stops at Shoppers World". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Minutes, Accessibility Advisory Committee", City of Brampton April 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Henrik Zbogar, "Status Report: Metrolinx Draft Mobility Hub Guideline", File P40 METR (MH), City of Brampton, December 23, 2010
  7. ^ Ann Pritchard, "Expropriation of property for the Shoppers World Transit Terminal Upgrade, Ward 4", File AG-08-200, City of Brampton, January 5, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/en/City-Hall/meetings-agendas/Brampton%20Environmental%20Adv%20Commitee/20110208bepac_E3.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/en/City-Hall/CouncilOffice/Documents/Ward-Reports/2010Ward%202-6%20Spg-Sum.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/en/City-Hall/budget/2011%20Budget/Works%20and%20Transportation.pdf
  11. ^ Page 8: http://www.brampton.ca/en/City-Hall/meetings-agendas/City%20Council%202010/20110914ccmn.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.brampton.ca/en/City-Hall/meetings-agendas/City%20Council%202010/20110914cc_Q9.pdf
  13. ^ Mackenzie, Robert (23 March 2010). "Imagine an LRT along Hurontario and Main Streets: Open House, March 30, 31". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 

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