Could Improved Public Transit be Coming to Brampton?

Brampton and public transportation go hand in hand. While some Canadian cities have to put resources into persuading residents to swap car journeys for public transit, Brampton boasts a rare position that means it has to work hard to keep up with demand. 

Brampton Transit, the city’s local bus service, serviced an estimated 30 million passengers last year – a stark rise on the 20.4 million just four years previous. When you consider that these impressive figures are without including the city’s three separate GO train stations, it’s easy to see the areas strong relationship with its public transit. 

Ridership has been on an upward trajectory for some time now and it shows no sign of plateauing. In fact, the local council has plans to invest capital in extending public transit options and improving those already in place.

In this post, we break down the new public transport options currently in the pipeline for Brampton.

Hurontario Light Rail Transit

The Hurontario LRT is a transit project that will span 18 km from Brampton Gateway Terminal down to Port Credit GO at Lakeshore Road. It will bring fast and reliable transit between Mississauga and Brampton with 19 stops and connections to GO Transit lines along the way. 

The line will move tens of thousands of people daily, helping the cities combat congestion that is experienced in certain areas. For Brampton residents, the LRT will undoubtedly revolutionize day-to-day movement; allowing easy access to other areas of the community. 

The $1 billion project represents a major step towards creating a sustainable transit network that connects the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Construction is expected to commence in 2019, and the line is projected to enter service in 2022.

Canada Infrastructure Program Public Transit Stream

Brampton also has the opportunity to receive more transit funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Public Transit Stream. 

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30-billion infrastructure program with Ontario’s share per project ($10.2 billion) being spread across four streams, including public transit. Funds from the Public Transit Stream will support expansion and improvements to networks throughout Ontario.

Brampton, along with 10 other municipalities across the GTHA can apply for funding and it is up to each municipality to submit how they would plan to use the funds. 

It’s unclear yet what Brampton will do with the funding but it’s safe to assume any funds it receives will be used to replace aging buses and expand the fleet, leading towards a better-connected city. The deadline for applications is October 24, 2019.

So much is the strength of Brampton’s public transit, it was an important factor in the city achieving a high finish in the list of best places to live in Canada. 

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