Züm

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Züm (pronounced zoom) is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system from Brampton Transit that launched in Brampton, Ontario September 20, 2010.

History

Brampton City Council endorsed a rapid transit initiative on March 10, 2003.[1] The province of Ontario provided $95 million in funding in 2006 for the first phase of the project, and in 2008, the federal government provided $53 million which came from the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.[2] During the planing stage, the project for rapid transit in Brampton, was known as AcceleRide. In June 2009, a new name for the project and system, Züm, was revealed to the public. An unveiling of the first of the new Züm-branded buses was held at the 2010 Ontario Transportation Expo on April 20, 2010 with a public unveiling at Brampton City Hall the following day. Züm services on the Queen Street corridor commenced September 20th 2010.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of Züm has BRT operation on three key corridors in Brampton: Queen Street, Main Street, and Steeles Avenue. The network will eventually use 50 to 60 new, specially branded buses from New Flyer. Initially planned to commence with the Queen route on September 8, 2010, the date was pushed back to September 20. Some shelters along the route and the new Bramalea terminal were still not complete on the launch day.

Routes

Stops and terminals

In July 2010, construction of the shelters at stops along Queen Street began with the eastbound shelter at Torbram Road and Queen Street East built first. In July 2011, shelters were installed at York University serving the Queen route. Shelters for the next Züm corridor on Main Street began going up in the summer of 2011. The shelters at Vodden, Wellington, and Theatre Lane/Nelson are located in the heritage part of Brampton and have a different design to better fit in their surroundings as is done on some stops on VIVA Blue. The heritage Züm shelters have black frames and rounded roofs.

A new Bramalea Transit Centre was built to replace the older one, which was closed when the new one opened on the first day of Queen Street Züm service. Another new terminal, Brampton Gateway Terminal, was built to replace the near-by Shoppers World Transit Terminal.

Züm also serves the following terminals: Downtown Transit Centre, York University, Sandalwood Loop, Mississauga City Centre, Bramalea GO Station, and Hummber College North Campus.

Fleet

Züm uses a fleet of specially branded buses built by New Flyer Industries that boast state-of-the-art features. The vehicles use diesel-electric hybrid technology which potentialy could achieve an eight to ten per cent fuel reduction compared to conventional diesel vehicles. There is a wider front door compared to the older New Flyer buses in the fleet, and the new Züm buses have a reduce ramp inclination. They are equipped with PRESTO farecard equipment.[3]

Active vehicles

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Garage allocation Notes
1050-1074 Brampton Transit 1055-a.jpg 2010 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison EP40
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1150-1165 Brampton Transit 1156-a.jpg 2011 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1250-1251 Brampton Transit 1250-a.jpg 2012 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood * Ordered to replace "Züm Backup" units 1129-1130
1275-1294 Brampton Transit 1283-a.jpg 2012 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1475-1484 Brampton Transit 1480-a.jpeg 2013 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1575-1579 Brampton Transit 1578-a.jpg 2014 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1580-1592 Brampton Transit 1583-a.jpg 2015 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1675-1682 Brampton Transit 1677-a.jpg 2016 NFI XDE60 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1775-1785 Brampton Transit 1777-a.jpg 2017 NFI XDE60 Cummins L9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood
1875-1885 Brampton Transit 1882-a.jpg 2018 NFI XDE60 Cummins L9 Allison H 50 EP
hybrid system
Luminator Horizon Sandalwood


  • Note: Due to a shortage of buses for Züm service in Fall 2011, Brampton Transit 1129-1130 were wrapped in a special "Züm Backup" livery, to operate in Züm service when needed and to distinguish them from the all-hybrid powered fleet of Züm buses. Züm-branded 1250-1251 were ordered to replace the Züm Backup units, and entered service in late 2012.

References

  1. September 2003 report, brampton.ca, retrieved on 2010-07-05
  2. Government of Canada and City of Brampton Help Shift AcceleRide into High Gear, tc.gc.ca, retrieved on 2010-07-05
  3. Züm Buses, brampton.ca, retrieved on 2010-07-05

External links

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Active Fleet
D40LF 0201-0221, 0301-0317, 0401-0435
Nova LFS 0601-0621, 0622-0638, 0701-0715, 0801-0810, 0811-0827, 0901-0916, 0917-0926, 1401-1415, 1501-1519, 1601-1623, 1701-1713, 1801-1823
XD40 1101-1130, 1201-1218, 1301-1319
XDE40 1050-1074, 1150-1165, 1250-1251
XDE60 1275-1294, 1475-1484, 1575-1579, 1580-1592, 1675-1682, 1775-1785, 1875-1885
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Terminals Bramalea GO Station - Bramalea Terminal - Brampton Gateway Terminal - Downtown Terminal - Heart Lake Terminal - Lisgar GO Station - Mississauga City Centre Terminal - Mount Pleasant Village & GO Station - Trinity Common Terminal - York University Terminal - Humber College
Garages Clark Blvd. Facility - Sandalwood Facility
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