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Brampton Transit plans to re-organize routes in September



During the annual Brampton Transit public information service meeting on Tuesday, April 13, Brampton Transit staff outlined proposals to restructure East Brampton routes in September, when BT starts operating its Züm bus rapid transit system.

They also proposed


Revising routes in East Brampton


Züm

Special red-and-silver buses operate along the 501 Queen Züm route, using bus-only lanes on Queen Street East between Downtown Brampton and Highway 50, making just 15 stops.

Between Highway 50 and Martin Grove Road, buses operate in mixed traffic along Highway 7, then follow York Region Transit’s Viva orange route to the university, stopping at all vivastations.

Buses operate every 15 minutes at all times, seven days a week before 1 a.m.

To add service Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, 501A Queen Züm express buses also operate along Queen Street East and Highway 7 between downtown and Highway 427, then along Highways 427 and 407 and Keele Street without stopping until they arrive at York University.

These buses also operate every 15 minutes. That means that, between downtown and Highway 427, buses serve each stop every 7½ minutes during rush hours.

Two options for revising other routes in east Brampton

Introducing Züm service significantly affects service along other Brampton Transit routes. BT also wants to improve service to new communities in this growing area of the city.

At the meeting, staff presented two options for revising routes in this area. Both options require 18 buses for BT to operate, but both options also provide the same frequency of service.

Option 1

With option 1, BT staff propose extending local service along Queen Street and Highway 7 to Highway 27, where passengers could connect with YRT local services.

They also propose extending 23 Sandalwood service to connect with both the 1 Queen local service and the 501 Queen Züm bus rapid transit service and eliminating indirect routings along other routes.

1 Queen

BT extends the route to Highway 27, with buses looping clockwise around Highway 50, Zenway Boulevard, Highway 27 and Highway 7.

Buses operating along YRT’s 77 Highway 7 / Centre route use the same clockwise loop.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Queen Street East and Highway 50 becomes a secondary transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre route and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen and 23 Sandalwood routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Short-turn 1A Queen buses operate around the current east-end loop of the 1 Queen loop, looping clockwise along Delta Park Boulevard, Nevets and Coventry Roads, Walker Drive and Gateway Boulevard.

Short-turn 1A Queen buses operate every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. That means that, between downtown Brampton and Airport Road, buses serve every stop along the route every 10 minutes during rush hours.

23 Sandalwood

BT extends the route to Highways 50 and 7. Buses operate along their current route to Cottrelle Boulevard and McVean Drive, then continue eastward along Cottrelle and southward along Via Romano Way to Ebenezer Road.

Buses loop clockwise around Ebenezer, Highway 50, Queen Street East, The Gore Road and Ebenezer to Via Romano.

Buses replace current 50 Gore Road service along Cottrelle Boulevard.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 30 minutes 7 days a week before 7 p.m.

Buses operate every 60 minutes 7 days a week after 7 p.m.

(Currently, buses operate every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., every 60 minutes Mondays to Saturdays after 7 p.m. and every 60 minutes before 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays. BT does not operate buses along the route after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.)

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Queen Street East and Highway 50 becomes a secondary transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre route and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen and 23 Sandalwood routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Short-turn 23A Sandalwood buses operate to Sandalwood Parkway East and Torbram Road looping counterclockwise along Torbram, Australia Drive and Sunny Meadows Boulevard.

Short-turn 23A Sandalwood buses operate every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. That means that, between Mount Pleasant GO Station and Goreway Drive, buses serve every stop along the route every 15 minutes during rush hours.

31 McVean

BT expands the loop at Ebenezer Road to replace the current 50 Gore Road service along Don Minaker Drive.

Buses operate along their current route to Ebenezer and Don Minaker, then loop clockwise around Don Minaker, The Gore Road, Queen Street East, Palleschini Drive and Ebenezer.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, every 60 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 7 until 10 p.m. and every 60 minutes Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 7 p.m. BT will not operate buses after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or after 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

(Currently, buses operate every 60 minutes only before 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.)

50 Gore Road

BT eliminates the current diversions along the route. Buses operate only along The Gore Road between Castle Oaks Cross and Highway 50.

Buses operating along the 23 Sandalwood route will replace current 50 Gore Road service along Cottrelle Boulevard and Via Romano Way.

Buses operating along the 31 McVean route will replace current 50 Gore Road service along Don Minaker Drive.

BT would no longer operate buses along Westbrook Avenue, Cottrelle Boulevard west of Via Romano Way or Highway 50 between Cottrelle and Ebenezer Road.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m. Buses operate every 60 minutes Mondays to Fridays after 10 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays after 7 p.m. Buses operate every 20 minutes Saturdays before 7 p.m. and every 30 minutes Sundays and holidays before 7 p.m.

(Currently, buses operate at the same frequency Mondays to Fridays before 10 p.m., all day Saturdays and Sundays and holidays before 7 p.m. BT does not currently operate buses along the route after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.)

77 Highway 7

BT no longer shares responsibility with YRT for operating the route. YRT operates all buses along the route, but they no longer serve Brampton.

Buses loop clockwise around Highway 50, Zenway Boulevard and Highway 50.

Option 2

With option 1, BT staff propose extending local service along Queen Street to Highway 50, where passengers could connect with YRT local services.

They also propose extending 23 Sandalwood service to connect with both the 1 Queen local service and the 501 Queen Züm bus rapid transit service and eliminating indirect routings along other routes.

1 Queen

BT extends the route to Highway 50, with buses looping clockwise along The Gore Road, Ebenezer Road, Highway 50 and Queen Street East.

Buses operating along YRT’s 77 Highway 7 / Centre route use the same clockwise loop.

Buses operating along an extended 23 Sandalwood route use the same loop, but start the loop at Via Romano Way and Ebenezer Road

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 20 minutes all day Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays before 7 p.m.

Buses operate every 30 minutes Saturday evenings and all day Sundays and holidays.

(Currently, buses operate every 10 minutes Mondays to Fridays before 7 p.m., every 20 minutes after 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, every 15 minutes Saturdays before 7 p.m. and every 20 minutes all day Sundays and holidays.)

Short-turn 1A Queen buses operate around the current east-end loop of the 1 Queen loop, looping clockwise along Delta Park Boulevard, Nevets and Coventry Roads, Walker Drive and Gateway Boulevard.

Short-turn 1A Queen buses operate every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. That means that, between downtown Brampton and Airport Road, buses serve every stop along the route every 10 minutes during rush hours.

23 Sandalwood

BT extends the route to Highways 50 and 7. Buses operate along their current route to Cottrelle Boulevard and McVean Drive, then continue eastward along Cottrelle and southward along Via Romano Way to Ebenezer Road.

Buses loop clockwise around Ebenezer, Highway 50, Queen Street East, The Gore Road and Ebenezer to Via Romano.

Buses replace current 50 Gore Road service along Cottrelle Boulevard.

Buses operating along YRT’s 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit’s extended 1 Queen route use the same clockwise loop

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 30 minutes 7 days a week before 7 p.m.

Buses operate every 60 minutes 7 days a week after 7 p.m.

(Currently, buses operate every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., every 60 minutes Mondays to Saturdays after 7 p.m. and every 60 minutes before 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays. BT does not operate buses along the route after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.)

Short-turn 23A Sandalwood buses operate around the current east-end loop of the 23 Sandalwood loop, looping clockwise along Redwillow Road, Lexington Road and McVean Drive.

Short-turn 23A Sandalwood buses operate every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours. That means that, between Mount Pleasant GO Station and Goreway Drive, buses serve every stop along the route every 15 minutes during rush hours.

31 McVean

BT expands the loop at Ebenezer Road to replace the current 50 Gore Road service along Don Minaker Drive.

Buses operate along their current route to Ebenezer and Don Minaker, then loop clockwise around Don Minaker, The Gore Road, Queen Street East, Palleschini Drive and Ebenezer.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours, every 60 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 7 until 10 p.m. and every 60 minutes Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 7 p.m. BT will not operate buses after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or after 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

(Currently, buses operate every 60 minutes only before 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.)

50 Gore Road

BT eliminates the current diversions along the route. Buses operate only along The Gore Road between Castle Oaks Cross and Highway 50.

Buses operating along the 23 Sandalwood route will replace current 50 Gore Road service along Cottrelle Boulevard and Via Romano Way.

Buses operating along the 31 McVean route will replace current 50 Gore Road service along Don Minaker Drive.

BT would no longer operate buses along Westbrook Avenue, Cottrelle Boulevard west of Via Romano Way or Highway 50 between Cottrelle and Ebenezer Road.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.

Buses operate every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from about 7 until 10 p.m. Buses operate every 60 minutes Mondays to Fridays after 10 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays after 7 p.m. Buses operate every 20 minutes Saturdays before 7 p.m. and every 30 minutes Sundays and holidays before 7 p.m.

(Currently, buses operate at the same frequency Mondays to Fridays before 10 p.m., all day Saturdays and Sundays and holidays before 7 p.m. BT does not currently operate buses along the route after 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or after 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.)

77 Highway 7

BT no longer shares responsibility with YRT for operating the route. YRT operates all buses along the route, but they no longer serve Brampton, except for a short section of Queen Street East between Highway 50 and The Gore Road.

Buses loop clockwise around The Gore Road, Ebenezer Road and Highway 50.

Queen Street East and The Gore Road becomes a major transfer point, with passengers able to connect with YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre and Brampton Transit buses operating along the 1 Queen, 23 Sandalwood, 31 McVean and 50 Gore Road routes and the 501 Queen Z&uumlm service.


Building a new terminal and revising routes at Bramalea Transit Centre


Brampton Transit is building a new terminal closer to Queen Street East to better accommodate Züm buses.

It started work on building the new terminal, north of the Bramalea City Centre (mall) at the southeast corner of Team Canada Peel Centre Drives on Monday, March 22 and detoured buses operating along the 17 Howden and19 Fernforest routes during the construction. (The Bramalea Transit Centre currently stands south of the mall on Clark Drive.)

The new terminal will feature an indoor waiting area, a customer service centre, public washrooms and an electronic “real-time” arrival information sign.

BT proposes to re-organize the routes of the buses in the area when it opens the new terminal in September.

It also has two routing proposals for this area.

Option 1
1 Queen

Eastbound buses operate toward the terminal along West Drive, Clark Drive, Dixie Road South, Queen Street East, Central Park Drive and Peel Centre Drive, then, after leaving the terminal, along Peel Centre and Central Park Drive to Queen East.

Westbound buses reverse the routing.

15 Bramalea

Southbound buses operate toward the terminal along Queen Street East, Central Park Drive and Peel Centre Drive, then, after leaving the terminal, along Peel Centre, Central Park and Knightsbridge Road.

Northbound buses reverse the routing.

18 Dixie

Southbound buses operate toward the terminal along Queen Street East, Central Park Drive and Peel Centre Drive, then, after leaving the terminal, along Peel Centre, Central Park and Clark Drive.

Northbound buses reverse the routing.

Option 2
1 Queen

Eastbound buses operate toward the terminal along West Drive, Clark Drive, Dixie Road South, Central Park Drive and Peel Centre Drive, then, after leaving the terminal, along Peel Centre and Central Park Drive to Queen East.

Westbound buses reverse the routing.

15 Bramalea

Southbound buses operate toward the terminal along Queen Street East, Central Park Drive and Peel Centre Drive, then, after leaving the terminal, along Peel Centre, Central Park and Knightsbridge Road.

Northbound buses reverse the routing.

18 Dixie

Southbound buses on the main 18 branch operate toward the terminal along Queen Street East, Central Park Drive and Peel Centre Drive, then, after leaving the terminal, along Peel Centre, Central Park and Queen East.

Northbound buses reverse the routing.

Southbound buses on the 18A rush-hour branch start their trips at the terminal, then proceed along Peel Centre, Central Park and Clark Drives.

Northbound buses reverse the routing.

All other buses serving the Bramalea Terminal generally retain their current routings, with buses serving areas south of the terminal operating to and from the terminal along longer routes to reach the terminal, usually along Central Park Drive, Knightsbridge Road, Team Canada Drive or Peel Centre Drive. Buses serving areas north of the terminal generally retaining their current routes to rech the terminal, operating along shorter routes and not along Team Canada or Knightsbridge Drives.


Introducing new high school special routes


Brampton Transit proposes operating buses along four new high school special routes, starting in September: 211 Louise Arbor, 212 Central Peel, 213 St. Edmund Campion and 214 St. Roch.


Increasing the frequency of rush-hour service along seven routes


Brampton Transit proposes to increase the frequency of service along these routes during rush hours:

5 Bovaird

From every 12 minutes to every 10 minutes.

14 Torbram

From every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes.

23 Sandalwood

From every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes.

29 Williams

From every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes.

31 McVean

From every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes.

51 Steeles West

From every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes.


Increasing the frequency of service along twelve routes at off-peak hours


Brampton Transit proposes to increase the frequency of service along these routes at other times of the week, except for rush hours.

3 McLaughlin

From every 40 minutes to every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays after 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

4 Chinguacousy

From every 40 minutes to every 30 minutes Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and all day Sundays and holidays.

From every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes Saturdays after 10 p.m.

7 Kennedy

From every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes Saturdays after 7 p.m. and all day Sundays and holidays.

14 Torbram

From every 40 minutes to every 30 minutes Saturdays after 7 p.m. and all day Sundays and holidays.

15 Bramalea

From every 40 minutes to every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays after 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

18 Dixie

From every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes Saturdays after 7 p.m. and all day Sundays and holidays.

29 Williams

From every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 7 until 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and before 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Introducing service in new time periods: every 30 minutes after 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.

30 Airport Road

From every 40 minutes to every 30 minutes after 7 p.m. Saturdays and all day Sundays and holidays.

31 McVean

Introducing service in new time periods: every 60 minutes before 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

51 Steeles West

From every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

From every 40 minutes to every 30 minutes Mondays to Fridays after 7 p.m. and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

101 Airport express

From every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and before 7 p.m. Saturdays.

Introducing service in new time periods: every 60 minutes Sundays and holidays.


You can view the proposal boards from the public information meeting in three parts:

  • Pages 1 to 6 here. (.pdf)
  • Pages 7 to 9 here. (.pdf)
  • Pages 11 to 13 here (.pdf)

(Page 10 is no longer available.)

Note that these are large files. You may want to store them to your computer before viewing them.

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