Peel Sustainable Transportation Strategy Survey

With close to 40% more people living in Peel by the year 2041, the Region will face increases to traffic related congestion, infrastructure demand, health concerns and environmental issues, unless we plan for a transportation system that fully realizes the potential of walking, cycling, transit, and carpooling to manage demand. The Sustainable Transportation Strategy is being developed as a long-term plan to enable and encourage more people to choose to travel in these modes.

Please take a moment to complete this survey. It will help the Region of Peel better understand the transportation issues that are important to you. Your input helps to provide services that are reflective of your needs.

Source: BikeBrampton | Peel Sustainable Transportation Strategy Survey – BikeBrampton


ZUM Airport Road

Brampton Transit ridership continues to grow. ZUM service is now being considered for Airport Rd. Public input is being requested on one of four possible destinations south of Steeles Ave.

  1. Bramalea Station
  2. Westwood Mall
  3. Pearson Airport via Airport Terminal Link Train
  4. Pearson Airport Terminal 1

Take a look at the presentation boards from the November 2016 PIC, then provide your feedback here.

Brampton’s HMLRT Provincial Capital Funding

Below are a few media articles and columns after Brampton Council voted against the Hurontario-Main LRT (HMLRT) and the Provincial funding that went with it. The HMLRT was funded through the Province’s Moving Ontario Forward Fund.

In the Fall of 2016, we understand a few Councillors in Hamilton have raised the question of what would happen to the funding offered by the Province if they said no to the Hamilton LRT project.

  1. LORINC: Spend Brampton LRT money on Queen’s Quay East –, November 2, 2015 (LINK, PDF)

  2. Brampton should not count on LRT funding, says minister – Toronto Star, November 3, 2015 (LINK, PDF)

  3. Brampton Turns Down Free Money for the LRT –, November 4, 2015 (LINK, PDF)

  4. New openness has region eyeing more public transit funds Kitchener Waterloo Record, November 26, 2015 (LINK, PDF)

  5. Toronto makes a pitch for rejected HMLRT cash – Brampton Guardian, December 10, 2015 (LINK, PDF)

  6. Toronto asks for Brampton transit cash – Toronto Sun, December 10, 2015
    (LINK, PDF)

In addition, here is a list of all the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan (aka the “Big Move”) projects and where they stand in terms of study completeness and funding.

Here is a report showing that over $28 billion is still required to funding proposed lines on the Big Move map.

Opportunity for Input: GTA West Corridor Review

In December 2015 the Ministry of Transportation suspended its work on the Environmental Assessment of the GTA West highway. This was done in order to, among other things, ensure the project still aligns with recent changes in government policy in the region — such as Regional Express Rail.

An Advisory Panel has been established to conduct a strategic assessment of potential alternative approaches to meeting future transportation demand and infrastructure needs for passenger and goods movement in the GTA West Corridor.

The Panel welcomes feedback, in particular on the following questions based on the panel’s Terms of Reference:

  • How is your organization planning for the introduction and adoption of new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, and how do you think they may change travel and transit demand in the Greater Toronto Area?
  • How does your organization foresee car-sharing services, such as Uber, influencing travel and transit demand in the Greater Toronto Area?
  • How do you foresee recent Provincial policy directions, such as Moving Ontario Forward, Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, and the Coordinated Review of Provincial Plans, impacting the Environmental Assessment recommendations including the GTA West Corridor?
  • Are there other infrastructure improvements that could be made to address goods movement in the Greater Toronto Area?
  • Are there any other recent studies related to other infrastructure that are relevant?
  • Should the GTA West Corridor be protected for other transportation needs?
  • What are your views on the appropriate path forward for the Environmental Assessment?

This is an excellent opportunity to provide input into this project. Visit for more information. Email your feedback to

Queen Street Transit Master Plan

Not that we were “gone”. Though perhaps it’s safe to say we took a small hiatus after the HLRT discussion went “off the rails”, and it was no longer about sound planning and how transit users actually use transit.

But, we’ve learned that there has been an update to the Queen Street Rapid Transit project. On August 4, 2016, The City of Brampton announced the initiation of the Queen Street Transit Master Plan.

Announced in 2012 as part of the “Next Wave” projects, the last update made public was the publication of a Benefits Case document in May 2013.

Read the Benefits Case document

The Benefits Case document discusses the benefits of different technologies on different segments of the route. Namely: BRT and LRT. Part of the consideration is how well it will play with neighbouring transit systems. Mississauga is joining Brampton in developing LRT along Hurontario. This is not likely the case with Vaughan Transit. Integration with their BRT will need to be considered.

To recap — the summary of benefits are as follows:

  1. Bus rapid transit in an exclusive right-of-way between Downtown Brampton and
    Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, results in the most favourable cost-benefit ratio.
  2. The full light rail transit option also provides significant benefits such as higher transit ridership, greater GHG emissions reductions, and more significant land value increases.
  3. The bus rapid transit options provide strongest benefits from the transportation user benefits perspective.
  4. Although the four project options perform similarly in terms of a benefits case ratio, the capital costs vary significantly.
  5. As BRT and LRT offer competing operational advantages, the qualitative aspects of the two modes should also be taken into consideration.
  6. LRT is seen to have better environmental qualities through reduced noise, no local emissions, and reduced energy consumption.
  7. LRT is also perceived to play a greater role in land use shaping by attracting more intensified development.
  8. Given the range of costs and the ability of all options to accommodate projected ridership to 2031, it would be prudent to invest in the corridor on an incremental basis.

Despite Brampton Council’s insistence that Queen St. is “second” priority (see Councillor Bowman’s motion from the October 27, 2015 meeting), the ridership and projected growth along this corridor compared to Hurontario-Main doesn’t necessarily agree with that assertion. Indicators suggest that improved BRT service might work just as well as LRT until 2031. However, time will tell as the Master Plan evaluates the corridor further.

In the meantime, we can also get excited about new bike lanes, as active transportation is also being considered! This is great news for people who want to ride bikes in Brampton to connect between downtown and the Chinguacousy Trail over by the Bramalea City Centre .

All around, good news. We’ll gladly keep everyone posted as we learn more!

GO Transit and the high cost of “free” parking, Part II: Brampton Boogaloo

Good insights from Sean Marshall on the cost and availability of parking in downtown Brampton.

Marshall's Musings

IMG_0610-001GO and VIA Trains meet at Brampton Station

On April 5, Peter Criscione at the Brampton Guardian reported on a matter that arose during the regular meeting of the City of Brampton Planning & Infrastructure Services Committee on April 4. Metrolinx, the regional transit authority that operates GO Transit and UP Express, confirmed the purchase of 1.78 acres in Downtown Brampton, land that will be used for surface parking.

Brampton Station, served by GO Transit and VIA trains, is located in Downtown Brampton, and is adjacent to Brampton Transit’s downtown transit terminal. With local shopping, restaurants, residential areas and employment, it is one of the most walkable stations in GO Transit’s system; it has a Walk Score of 90. (Bramalea GO Station, in comparison, has a Walk Score of 22. The options of getting to Brampton Station without a car are quite good, at least as far as most GO stations go.

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