Brampton Transit to fund CAD/AVL project with nearly C$10 million funding commitment

May 18, 2021
The new systems will replace current systems on 80 articulated buses and 370 conventional buses.

The city of Brampton, Ontario, will replace the CAD/AVL system in more than 450 Brampton Transit vehicles with federal and provincial funding commitments to match its own.

The C$9.9 million (US$8.22 million) project will be funded with C$4 million (US$3.32 million) through the government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, in addition to the C$3.3 million (US$2.74 million) provided by the government of Ontario and C$2.6 million (US$2.16 million) from the city of Brampton.

"The city of Brampton welcomes this significant investment in our public transit system. Brampton Transit is one of the fastest-growing transit networks in Canada, and the updated dispatch and vehicle location technologies will greatly enhance the real-time information, connectivity, quality and safety of public transit in Brampton. I look forward to continuing to work with all levels of government to bring investment to Brampton,” said Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown.

The project includes the design, build and installation of all supporting devices, operating systems, networking gear and software for the CAD/AVL systems, which will replace current systems. These new systems will be installed on more than 80 articulated buses and 370 conventional buses. Work also includes the implementation and integration of subsystems, including Interactive Voice Response, data radio network, more than 131 electronic signs at terminals and station stops and outfitting buses with automatic passenger counters.

The addition of these new systems will improve data reliability, operational tracking, system capacity and performance, allowing for a better quality and a safer public transit system for residents in the city of Brampton.

"As a growing city, Brampton needs safe, smart and accessible transit to keep our people moving across our community. This investment is about continuing to build modern, effective and efficient transit for our community—so that hardworking Brampton families can seize every opportunity to get ahead," said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South, on behalf of The Honorable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.