The City of Brampton recently announced a new direct bus rapid transit connection from Brampton to Toronto Pearson International Airport. The 505 Züm Bovaird route will be extended to the airport and is expected to begin in Fall 2020.
Brampton City Council unanimously approved this as part of the City’s 2020 Budget. The Route 505 Züm Bovaird extension will cost $1.75 million – $900,000 will be city funded, with the remainder coming from revenue. The extension will improve regional connectivity, offering more convenience for residents who work at or travel from Toronto Pearson, and further strengthen Brampton’s connections to the Innovation Corridor.
Pearson airport is a large and complex place to work, with more than 400 companies employing about 50,000 people; 10,000 of whom live in Brampton. Pearson anchors the Airport Employment Zone, which includes areas of Brampton, Mississauga and Etobicoke, and is the second-largest employment area in Canada with more than 300,000 jobs.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) welcomes the new route, as research has shown there are significant benefits to improving direct bus connections between Brampton and the airport. The 505 Züm Bovaird extension could double the current number of Brampton-based airport employees who take public transit.
At Toronto Pearson, Brampton transit users can connect with other regional transportation networks including the UP Express, six TTC routes, four MiWay routes, two GO Transit routes and other regional services like Greyhound.
“Today’s announcement will allow both passengers and employees to more easily access Toronto Pearson from Brampton. To efficiently connect people and businesses to three-quarters of the world’s economies, we need strong local ground connections. This service strengthens Brampton’s access to the airport and to the world,” said Scott Collier, Vice President, Customer and Terminal Services, GTAA.