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Many more passengers rode Brampton Transit buses in 2011

A growing population and better service has resulted in more riders and more people demanding even more transit services in Brampton.

In 2011, 16.3 million riders rode Brampton Transit buses, increasing ridership levels to 18 per cent more than the 2010 level. The national average for transit growth is four per cent annually.

To address the growing number of passengers, BT is adding twenty 60-foot buses to its fleet this year. The buses will operate along all of the Züm bus rapid transit corridors.

The 60-foot articulated buses feature an accordion-style link between two vehicle platforms and can carry about 40 per cent more passengers than a standard 40-foot bus. Brampton Transit will start to train operators on driving these new vehicles along city streets during the next few weeks. The buses should start serving passengers this summer.

Brampton Transit is also getting ready to offer commuters another bus rapid transit route, when it launches the new Züm Steeles Avenue service this fall. At the same time, it will open a new transit terminal at the northwest corner of Steeles Avenue West and Main Street South, replacing the current Shoppers World terminal.

Census figures from Statistics Canada show that Brampton’s population grew by 21 per cent from 2006 to 2011. During the same time, Brampton Transit’s ridership grew by 61 per cent — nearly three times the population growth.

Growth is not news for Brampton Transit. CUTA, the Canadian Urban Transit Association, identified BT as Canada’s fastest-growing transit system in 2006.