Brampton Transit continues to be recognized for its excellence and innovation in public transit, with the recent announcement of two major industry awards.
The Canadian Urban Transit Association recognized Brampton Transit with a 2012 Corporate Leadership Award for their Newcomer Tours. Launched in 2009, the Newcomer Tours are designed to orient new Brampton residents with their community, city facilities, library and transit amenities. These tours are offered bi-annually and are a partnership between the city of Brampton clerk’s office, Recreation division, Brampton Library and Brampton Transit.
Also, the city was presented with Canada’s Excellence Award from the Intelligence Transportation System Society of Canada (ITS) for its SmartBus technology. In partnership with the city’s Information Technology division, Brampton Transit implemented the technology on Züm, its bus rapid transit (BRT) service and its conventional fleet. This innovative system links communications, business systems and on-board electronic equipment. It also provides enhanced on-board security and real-time bus information for transit riders.
“These two awards demonstrate our focus and commitment to creating a transit system that is convenient, reliable and modern,” said city of Brampton Mayor, Susan Fennell. “The success of our strong transit system has made Brampton a more attractive place to both live and do business.”
In 2011, 16.3 million riders used Brampton Transit — an 18 percent increase over 2010. The national average for transit growth is 4 percent annually. To address this growth and service demand, twenty 60-foot articulated buses will be added to the transit fleet in 2012, designated for all Züm corridors. The articulated Züm buses were officially launched in mid-June marking a major milestone for Brampton’s BRT project.