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Brampton unveils new buses for Züm rapid transit line

Patrick Brown, member of parliament for Barrie, Ontario Minister of Transport, Kathleen Wynne and Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell recently unveiled the first of Brampton Transit’s new fleet of Züm bus rapid transit (BRT) buses.

The new Xcelsior BRT vehicles that Brampton has chosen for Züm are the first of their kind and Brampton Transit will be the first transit agency in North America to use them. New Flyer Industries will build the buses at its plant in Winnipeg.

The buses feature clean, hybrid diesel-electric technology and use 10 to 15 percent less fuel than conventional diesel vehicles. Flyer is designing the new buses to be lightweight and quiet, and to provide a smooth, comfortable ride and reliable, convenient service for passengers.

Brampton is building its $285-million Züm project in two phases and the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Brampton are equal funding partners. Canada is contributing up to $95 million. Ontario has already advanced $95 million. The City is funding the other $95 million in total project costs.

Phase 1 includes building three BRT lines and the City has scheduled each of the three lines to open in September 2010, September 2011 and September 2012. The City is also relocating and redesigning the Brampton City Centre and Shoppers World Terminals, planning on finishing those terminals in September 2010 and September 2011.

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