Brampton Transit receives Service Excellence award

Today, Brampton Transit received the Service Excellence award at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) annual conference in Toronto.

CUTA hosts urban planners and transit professionals from across Canada at its yearly conference, and hands out corporate awards in categories such as Innovation and Environment. The Service Excellence award was specifically created this year to recognize the unique success and unprecedented ridership growth on Brampton Transit’s Züm Bus Rapid Transit service (BRT).

Pronounced “zoom,” Brampton Transit’s BRT service was designed from the ground up to provide residents with an efficient, high frequency, comfortable service. Züm was launched in fall 2010, and now has five routes that service major corridors across the city, making local and regional connections. In September 2018, the Züm Bovaird service was extended to Malton GO Station – another key regional connection.

The success of the BRT service, and across all of Brampton Transit’s lines, is unmatched in Canada. Since 2009, Brampton’s population has grown by 22 per cent, while Brampton Transit’s ridership has increased by over 120 per cent. Ridership continues to grow in 2018.  As of August 2018, ridership has increased by 17 per cent compared to 2017.

Brampton Transit continues to deliver its popular BRT service, achieving overall record ridership growth with every new route launch, and continued ridership increases during non-launch years. Key to Brampton Transit’s success are overall improved service, a great customer experience and advanced technology that supports both the service and the experience. Continue reading “Brampton Transit receives Service Excellence award”

Toronto’s Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden wins international achievement award

The City of Toronto, in partnership with local community groups, has won the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence in Public Space for the innovative Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden. The installation was selected from among 17 qualified submissions in the same category.

The community transformed the intersection into a landmark and gathering space that celebrates the area’s Indigenous history and symbolizes the aspiration to positive international relationships.

“The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden is the result of hard work and vision by neighbourhood residents, business owners, volunteers and others,” said the Councillor for Ward 14. “I would like to thank the selection committee at the International Downtown Association for recognizing the work of Roncesvalles community and for celebrating the vibrancy of our city.”

The International Downtown Association (IDA) will officially present the award during the IDA Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas from October 24 to 26. The Public Space category recognizes capital improvements that have enhanced the urban design, transportation methods, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

Planning for renewal of the space was initiated by the Friends of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden community group along with the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area, and the garden officially opened in June 2016. Representatives of the Mississaugas of the Credit were engaged and a number of local volunteers donated their time to reimagine the space. PLANT Architect Inc. was commissioned to create the design concept. Continue reading “Toronto’s Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden wins international achievement award”