Züm

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Züm
Brampton zum logo.png
Brampton Zum 1074b.JPG
Parent Brampton Transit
Founded September 20, 2010
Service area Brampton, Vaughan, and Mississauga
Service type bus rapid transit
Routes 5
Operator Brampton Transit
Website About Züm

Züm (pronounced Zoom, IPA: /zuːm/) is a bus rapid transit system for the suburban city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, northwest of Toronto owned and operated by Brampton Transit. The first phase calls for three corridors operating in mixed traffic, similar to York Region Transit's (YRT) Viva network. There are connections to the City of Mississauga, York Region, and the City of Toronto, with the first corridor having started service in fall 2010.[1] Phase 1 became fully operational by fall 2012. A key aspect of the Züm plan is increased service on supporting local corridors.[1] Unlike other, similar, services and partly due to Brampton's geographic position farther from Toronto than other suburbs such as Mississauga or Vaughan, many Züm corridors will overlap significantly with other agencies' services, requiring more complex, co-operative planning between neighbouring cities. During the planning of this bus rapid transit system, Züm was called "Acceleride".

In the earlier stages of Brampton's rapid transit planning, the initiative was known as Acceleride (logo pictured).

Routes[edit]

Corridor Opening Date Terminus Stations # Running time (mins)* Route length (km) Status Connecting Services
Queen September 20, 2010 Downtown Brampton York University YRT Terminal 26 54 (501)
47 (501A)
28.5 (501)
29.8 (501A)
Full Service Brampton Transit, MiWay, YRT, TTC, GO, Viva Purple, Viva Orange
Main September 6, 2011 [2] Sandalwood Parkway Loop Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal 18 (20 by Phase 2) (7+ Post-LRT) 45 - 50 [3] 20.2 Full Service Brampton Transit, MiWay, GO
Steeles November 26, 2012 Lisgar GO Station Humber College North Campus 21 60 - 65 Full Service Brampton Transit, MiWay, TTC, YRT, GO
Bovaird September 2, 2014 Mt. Pleasant GO Queen St. & Goreway Dr. 14 44-50 Full Service Brampton Transit, GO
Queen West September 6, 2016 Mt. Pleasant GO Downtown Brampton 10 20-24 9.8 Monday To Friday only Brampton Transit, GO

Phase 1[edit]

Phase 1 calls for three express corridors to improve service on some of Brampton's busiest routes.

Some stops and routes are located outside of Brampton, namely Mississauga, Toronto and Vaughan. Once the Queen route leaves Brampton and enters Vaughan, the bus schedule alternates between express (along Highway 407) with no stops until York University, or regular (along York Regional Road 7) with stops at all stations that are on the York Region Transit Viva Orange route. Brampton Transit has a fare partnership agreement with York Region Transit that allows for boarding and debarking anywhere along the Viva Orange route, using Züm buses. This was particularly convenient during a labour dispute involving select contracted companies at York Region Transit resulting in the temporary suspension of Viva Orange.[4]

Phase 2[edit]

In phase 2, the existing routes will be extended to the west. Beyond phase 2, the agency plans to look into exclusive busways.[5]

Terminals[edit]

In preparation for the launch of Route 501 (Queen Street), Brampton Transit re-built its Bramalea City Centre terminal, relocating it from its previous location beside Clark Boulevard, on the south side of the shopping centre, to the north-east corner, adjacent to Queen Street. Minor renovations will also be performed at the downtown terminal.

In preparation for the launch of its Steeles Avenue route, Brampton Transit will also relocate the Shoppers' World terminal, near Hurontario and Steeles, to be closer to Hurontario/Main Street.

Züm will use Brampton's downtown, Bramalea, and Brampton Gateway terminals, in addition to Mississauga's City Centre terminal, and Toronto's York University Commons terminal. In 2017, Züm will connect to the TTC subway system at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

Station on York University campus

These are intermodal points that allow transfers to other modes such as Brampton Transit, Mississauga Transit, GO Transit, Toronto Transit Commission.

  • Airport Loop – Bovaird Drive Corridor (2014)
  • Bramalea City Centre - Queen Street Corridor (2010)
  • Bramalea GO – Steeles Corridor (2012)
  • Brampton Civic Hospital - Bovaird Drive (2014)
  • Downtown – Queen Street Corridor (2010)
  • Humber College (Toronto) – Steeles Corridor (2012)
  • Hurontario-407 – Main Street Corridor (late 2012 and beyond)
  • Lisgar GO (Mississauga) – Steeles Corridor (2015)
  • Mount Pleasant GO – Bovaird Drive Corridor (2014)
  • Sandalwood Loop – Main Street Corridor (2011)
  • Shoppers World – Main Street Corridor (2011)
  • Square One (Mississauga City Centre) – Main Street Corridor (2012)
  • Trinity Common - Bovaird Drive Corridor (2014)
  • Vaughan Metropolitan Centre TTC Subway Station - Queen Street Corridor (2016)
  • York University (Toronto) – Queen Street Corridor (2010)

Fares[edit]

With York Region's Viva as a precedent, Züm buses shares the same fare structure as the conventional Brampton Transit system. Further partnership between the two agencies permits YRT customers to board Züm buses within York Region and pay standard YRT fares (despite the fact that Viva uses proof-of-payment and Züm does not).

The Presto card fare payment system has been active on Züm since 2011.

Fleet[edit]

Media related to Brampton Züm buses at Wikimedia Commons The total fleet size for Zum is 73.

Make/Model Description Fleet Nos Image
New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40 BRT 1050–1074, 1150–1165, 1250-1251
(43 vehicles)
Brampton Transit Zum Zum.JPG
New Flyer Xcelsior XDE60 BRT 1275-1294, 1475-1484, 1575-1592, 1675-1682 (on order)
(58 vehicles)
Brampton Transit 1478.jpg

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Brampton Züm at Wikimedia Commons