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Züm

Züm
ParentBrampton Transit
FoundedSeptember 20, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-09-20)
Service areaBrampton, Toronto, Vaughan, and Mississauga
Service typeBus rapid transit
AllianceViva Rapid Transit
Routes5
Fleet43 40' XDE40
58 60' XDE60
OperatorBrampton Transit
WebsiteAbout 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. 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]

The first phase calls for three corridors operating in mixed traffic, similar to York Region Transit's (YRT) Viva network. 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.

History

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

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

Some stops and routes are located outside of Brampton in 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 contractors operating York Region Transit resulting in the temporary suspension of Viva Orange.[2]

In phase 2, the existing routes will be extended to the west. Beyond phase 2, the agency plans to look into exclusive busways.[3]

Routes

Corridor Opening date Termini Stops Running time (mins) Status Connecting services
501 Queen September 20, 2010 Downtown Brampton (501)
Bramalea Terminal (501C)
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
York University
26 65-70 (501)
45-50

(501C)

Full service Brampton Transit, MiWay, YRT, TTC, GO, Viva Orange
502 Main September 6, 2011 Sandalwood Parkway Loop Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal 18 55–60 Full service Brampton Transit, MiWay, GO
511 Steeles November 26, 2012 Lisgar GO Station Humber College North Campus 21 60–65 Full service Brampton Transit, MiWay, TTC, YRT, GO, Milton Transit
505 Bovaird September 2, 2014 Mount Pleasant GO(505)
Trinity Common Terminal (505A)
Malton GO
Viscount Station
23 60-65 (505)

40-45 (505A)

Full service Brampton Transit, GO, MiWay, Terminal Link, TTC
561 Queen West September 6, 2016 Mount Pleasant GO Downtown Brampton 10 20–24 Monday To Friday only Brampton Transit, GO

Terminals

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 also relocated the Shoppers' World terminal, near Hurontario and Steeles, to be closer to Hurontario/Main Street.

Züm uses Brampton's downtown, Bramalea, and Brampton Gateway terminals, in addition to Mississauga's City Centre terminal, and Toronto's York University Commons terminal. In December 2017, Züm connected to the TTC subway system at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. In October 2022, Züm connected to the Pearson Airport Terminal Link at Viscount Station.[1]

Intermodal transfer points

Station on York University campus

These stops allow interchange to other services, including Brampton Transit, Mississauga Transit, GO Transit, and the Toronto Transit Commission.

Stop Corridor Open
Airport Loop Bovaird Drive 2014
Bramalea City Centre Queen Street 2010
Bramalea GO Station Steeles 2012
Brampton Civic Hospital Bovaird Drive 2014
Downtown Brampton Queen Street

Main Street

2010
Humber College (Toronto) Steeles 2012
Hurontario–407 Main Street 2011
Lisgar GO Station (Mississauga) Steeles 2015
Malton GO Station (Mississauga) Airport Road 2018
Mount Pleasant GO Station

Mount Pleasant Village

Bovaird Drive

Queen Street West

2014
Sandalwood Loop Main Street 2011
Shoppers World Main Street

Steeles

2011
Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal Main Street 2011
Trinity Common Bovaird Drive 2014
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre TTC subway station Queen Street 2017
Viscount Station Airport Road 2022
York University (Toronto) Queen Street 2010

Fares

Similar to York Region's Viva service, 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.

Brampton Transit is listed as one of the transit agencies in the GTHA to use Presto contactless payment such as debit, credit, and mobile wallets. This extends to the Züm network as well.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Brampton Züm
  2. ^ http://www.york.ca/NR/rdonlyres/bylu22r66kodibouvu2eliqi7rzynvbzrj7vdxvgwc7a3mgbqgqoenqwjlnjyjte6sx66f25jjyajugf46lplioioc/MR+YRTViva+Potential+Labour+Strike++Oct++20+_2_.pdf [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Official Website of the City of Brampton, Ontario - www.brampton.ca". brampton.ca. Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2019-05-04.

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