OPINION: Transit Funding For Brampton – proposed ZUM Airport Road Route
CFBB welcomes the Federal government’s recent infrastructure investment announcement of $1.49 Billion for transit improvements and initiatives in Ontario, of which millions could be allocated for Brampton. City staff tabled a report at last week’s Community & Public Services Committee recommending $32.5 million dollars be submitted for funding approval. The staff report recommended projects such as: the expansion of the Sandalwood maintenance garage facility, several new buses and a new ZUM Bus Rapid Transit route along the Airport Road corridor.
Hopefully, we will see these funding requests approved and that there will be more such investments in the near future based on the tremendous growth that has been forecasted for our city in the next 25 years. We really need to have both Federal and Provincial governments make investments based on our actual population numbers and taxes generated so that Brampton can receive it’s fair share of funding for Transit, Healthcare and Infrastructure.
One question, why is Brampton Transit planning a ZUM Bus Airport Road route that doesn’t allow commuters to actually get to the airport? Getting to the airport for employment or travel purposes appears to be a weak point in the overall Transit Master Plan that was finalized back in September 2015.
Please refer to Page 68 (Figure 26– Transit Network Needs to 2041) of the Final Transportation Master Plan Update (TMPU). The proposed ZUM Airport Road route is not planned to extend south of Steeles Ave. Why not?
Last week’s article in the Toronto Star reminds us that many airport employees rely on transit to get to their jobs in and around Pearson airport which is open 24/7, 365 days of the year. Shouldn’t public transit be a viable option for these employees?
This next article highlights a Brampton resident’s miserable experience trying to use transit to get to her airport job on time.
Shouldn’t we be planning to include a connection to Pearson Airport for the proposed ZUM bus Airport Road route? This will provide all ZUM commuters easier access for work or travel with a direct link to Lester B. Pearson International airport. A suggestion would be to extend the ZUM route further south along Airport Road and connect it to the Terminal Link Train Station located on Viscount Road.
Chris Bejnar – Co-Chair CFBB