Durham Region Transit
Bus 8172 waits at the Ajax GO Station.
|Slogan||Connecting Communities. One Fare Anywhere|
|Founded||January 1, 2006|
|Service area||All of Durham Region|
|Service type||Public transit|
|Hubs||Pickering GO Stn, Pickering Town Centre, Ajax GO Stn, Ajax Plaza, Whitby GO Stn, Oshawa GO Stn, Oshawa Centre, Durham College/UOIT, Downtown Oshawa, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus|
|Operator||Durham Region, Trentway-Wagar (Whitby)|
Durham Region Transit (DRT) is the regional public transit operator in Durham Region, east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its headquarters are at 605 Rossland Rd East in Whitby, Ontario, and there are regional centres in Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa. It was formed with the merger of Ajax/Pickering Transit, Whitby Transit, Oshawa Transit, and Clarington Transit.
DRT's operation is overseen by the Durham Region Transit Commission, consisting of the members of Durham Region Council. In April 2007, a new Durham Region Transit Executive Committee was created to take over day-to-day oversight responsibilities, with the full Commission meeting on a limited basis as needed. The Executive Committee consists of the Regional Chair and one councilor from each of the eight Durham Region municipalities as appointed by the Mayor of each municipality.
DRT is organized into operating divisions mirroring its predecessor systems:
- Raleigh (originally known as DRT East) serving the City of Oshawa and the Municipality of Clarington
- Victoria (originally known as DRT Centre) serving the Town of Whitby
- Westney (originally known as DRT West) serving the Town of Ajax and the City of Pickering
- North (originally known as DRT North) serving the Townships of Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge
- DRT Specialized Services providing service for the disabled
Whitby initially operated under the terms of an existing Whitby Transit contract with Trentway-Wagar. A new contract that combined Brock, Scugog & Uxbridge operations with Whitby operations was awarded to Trentway-Wagar in 2011. The drivers and maintenance staff are therefore employees of Trentway-Wagar. This contract ends on June 30, 2016.
As of July 28, 2008, DRT has introduced a unified route number system using a three digit format, with the first digit indicating the municipality the route operates in:
- 100: Pickering
- 200: Ajax
- 300: Whitby
- 400: Oshawa/Courtice
- 500: Clarington
- 900 series: Regional Cross-Boundary routes
Brock, Uxbridge, and Scugog Community Bus service is not numbered
Routes are in effect as of 2 September 2014.
|101||Industrial||Mon - Sat|
|103||Amberlea||Mon - Sat|
|105||West Shore||Mon - Sat|
|106||Bay Ridges||Mon - Sat|
|107||South Rosebank||Mon - Sat|
|109||Rouge Hill Shuttle||Weekday AM/PM rush/ Sat|
|112||Brock Road||Weekday/ Sat|
|Dixie||114: Weekday AM/PM rush
114B: Weekday Midday, Sat
|116||Sheppard||Mon - Sat|
|117||Valley Farm||Weekday AM/PM Rush|
|Pickering Community Bus||Mon - Sat limited service|
|101D||Industrial/ Bay Ridges||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|103D||Amberlea||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|105D||West Shore/ South Rosebank||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|112D||Brock Road/ Valley Farm||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|114D||Dixie/ Sheppard||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|218||Beach||Mon - Sat|
|219||Ravenscroft||Mon - Sat|
|221||Central Ajax||Mon - Sat|
|222||Audley South||Mon - Sat|
|224||Harwood||Mon - Sat|
|225||Audley North||Mon - Sat|
|225A||Audley North Ajax||Mon - Sat|
|226||Duffins||Mon - Sat|
|232||Village||Mon - Sat|
|Ajax Community Bus||291: Daily limited service
292: Mon - Sat limited service
|218D||Beach/ Audley South||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|219D||Ravenscroft/ Village||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|221D||Central Ajax/ Monarch||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|224D||Harwood/ Lake Driveway||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|225D||Audley North||Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday|
|301||West Lynde/ Otter Creek||Weekday|
|312||Whitby Community Bus||Daily|
|318||Otter Creek/ Garden/ Whitby Shores||Weekday PM/ Weekends/ Holiday|
|Park||403/ 403A: Daily
403B: Mon - Sat PM
|Central Park||405: Weekday AM/PM rush
|Dean||406: Mon - Sat
406B: Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday
|Ritson||407: Mon - Sat
407B: Mon - Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday
|414||Oshawa Community Bus||Weekday midday|
421A: Weekday AM only
|503||Wilmot Creek||Mon/Wed/Fri limited|
|504||Orono/ Newcastle||Tues/Thur limited|
(Bus Rapid Transit)
|910||Campus Connect/ Whitby GO||Daily|
|Rossland||916: Mon - Sat
916B: Mon-Sat PM/ Sun/ Holiday
|922||Bloor Victoria||Weekday AM/PM rush|
|950||Uxbridge/ Port Perry/ UOIT||Weekdays|
|COMMUNITY BUSES (NORTH)|
|Brock||Weekday limited service|
|Tues/ Fri limited|
|Port Perry||Mon/ Wed/ Fri|
In its first year of operation in 2006, DRT implemented a number of service changes:
- A common fare across Durham Region including transfer privileges
- Access to GO Transit bus services operating within Durham Region for a standard DRT fare or transfer
- Service for the northern communities of Port Perry, Brock, and Uxbridge in the form of community buses operating on specific days of the week
- Implementation of Fixed-route evening/Sunday service in Ajax and Pickering replacing the former "dial-a-bus" service.
- Service level improvements on several routes
- The introduction of several new or extended routes, including:
- Rush-hour Service along Brock Street/Baldwin Street (Highway 12) to Brooklin
- Rush-hour Service along Bloor Street and Victoria Street (Durham Regional Road 22) from Oshawa GO to Whitby GO Train Stations
- Service on Audley Road in Ajax, both south of Bayly Street and north of Kingston Road
- Service along Townline Road in eastern Oshawa and Courtice
- Weekend service to Whitby and Oshawa GO Transit stations
In 2007, the following new services were introduced:
- 915 Taunton: grid service from Pickering GO Station via Bayly, Westney, Taunton and Simcoe to Durham College/UOIT
- 916 Rossland : grid service from Ajax GO Station via Westney, Bayly, Harwood, Rossland, Grandview, Taunton, Ritson, Conlin and Simcoe
- 302 Brock/Brooklin: increased service to Brooklin
- 20 Westney and 40 Applecroft, and elimination of 23 Nottingham as a separate route
- 504 Orono/Newcastle: revised to include Newcastle
- 950 Uxbridge/Port Perry/UOIT: a grid weekday route from Uxbridge and Port Perry to Durham College/UOIT
- replacement of Whitby dial a ride and shuttle bus service from the GO station with fixed routes
As a consequence of an operational budget shortfall, DRT implemented service cutbacks in December 2007 and March 2008, including cancellation of midday services, reduction in service hours and frequencies, and elimination of its 10 Ajax route.
|This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (May 2013)|
|Parent||Durham Region Transit|
|Founded||June 29, 2013|
|Service type||bus rapid transit|
|Destinations||Downtown Oshawa to University of Toronto Scarborough|
There has been some discussion of the possibility of creating a rapid transit line along the Durham Highway 2 corridor. The Durham Region Long Term Transit plan identifies Highway 2 and Taunton Road as higher order corridors where transit services would be especially fast, frequent and include elements such as right-of-way separation, transit priority, and potential for different vehicle technology including light rail.
On June 15, 2007, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a $17 billion transit plan called MoveOntario 2020. One component of the plan was a bus rapid transit line on Highway 2 between Pickering and Oshawa.
In November 2007, Metrolinx recommended a funding package of $82.3 million for a "Quick Win" implementation of a bus rapid transit line along Highway 2. This funding package was approved in full as part of the 2008 provincial budget, and a preliminary BRT implementation is expected to be running within three years.
The BRT is expected to operate using new hybrid buses running on 7.5 minute headways during rush hour and 15 minute headways during off-peak hours. Buses will utilize transit signal priority to save travel time. The initial phase will be similar to the first phase of Viva, with buses running in existing lanes, while the full implementation will provide dedicated transit/High-occupancy vehicle lane lanes. Connections to Toronto Transit Commission services in Scarborough are expected.
The BRT would be complemented by improved service along Taunton Road, Rossland Road, Bayly/Bloor/Victoria Streets, and Simcoe Street.
A further advancement of rapid transit is now in the proposal stage; the Highway 2 BRT would eventually be replaced with light rail transit all the way east to Courtice Road in Clarington, and west into Scarborough in Toronto. It would be complemented by two further LRT lines: on Simcoe Street in Oshawa (from Bloor to Highway 407), and on Taunton Road (from Simcoe Street in Oshawa to Whites Road in Pickering). This would be augmented by further BRT on Whites Road and Brock Road in Pickering; Harwood Avenue and Salem Road in Ajax; Brock Street and Baldwin Street in Whitby; Highway 7 from the western Pickering border to Simcoe Street in Oshawa; and Taunton Road westerly beyond Whites Road into Toronto on Steeles Avenue.
Durham Region Transit launched its DRT Pulse bus rapid transit service June 29, 2013. DRT Pulse will operate on the Ontario Highway 2 corridor between Downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. See map.
The following table shows DRT's fare structure as of July 1, 2014:
|Age group||Cash Fare||10 Rides||Monthly Pass||Presto Card|
|GO Transit co-fare||$0.70||$0.70|
|Child (under 5)||Free|
|ODSP (Disability card)||$42.75|
|Access Pass (Special Eligibility Requirements)||$42.75|
The provincial Minister of Transportation has announced plans to introduce a unified smartcard-based payment system for the entire Greater Toronto Area called "Presto card". DRT will be a participant in this system beginning in winter 2011.
DRT fares on GO Transit buses
DRT tickets, passes, and transfers are accepted on GO buses operating within Durham Region, allowing riders to freely transfer between DRT and GO buses to complete a trip within the region. Full details about this program are available at the DRT site. The following restrictions are of specific interest:
- Riders wishing to pay cash fares for GO bus service will need to pay the regular GO fare for the applicable zones, not the DRT fare.
- Trips on GO buses that start or terminate outside of Durham Region are charged the regular GO fare
- Trips on GO trains are not affected by this program.
On June 29, 2013, with the launch of DRT's bus rapid transit - "drt PULSE",
the following GO buses won't accept DRT tickets, pass and transfers within the Durham Region:
- 51 Pickering/ York U
- 52 Oshawa/ York U
- 92 Oshawa/ Yorkdale Express
- 93 Durham College/ UOIT/ Scarborough Town Centre
- 96 Oshawa/ Finch Express via Hwy 401
- 98 Pickering/ Finch
Although, the following GO buses will still accept DRT tickets, passes and transfers within the Durham Region:
- 71 Stouffville (in the Township of Uxbridge)
- 81 Beaverton/Port Perry/ Whitby
- 88 Peterborough/Oshawa (in Durham Region)
- 90/91 Newcastle/Oshawa (between Newcastle and Downtown Oshawa)
The following conventional fleet roster is as of September 2008:
|Fleet Numbers||Year||Make/Model||Engine/Transmission||Fleet size||Original Operator|
|8001-8008||1999||Orion VI||Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Allison B400R||8||Pickering Transit|
|8009-8011||1999||Orion VI||Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Allison B400R||3||Ajax Transit|
|8012-8013||1994||Orion V||Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Voith D863.3||2||Ajax Transit|
|8014-8015||1994||Orion V||Cummins L10 / Voith D863.3||2||Pickering Transit|
|8016-8017||1992||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Voith D863.3||2||Ajax Transit|
|8018-8019||1992||Orion V||Cummins L10 / Voith D863.3||2||Pickering Transit|
|8050-8055||2003||Orion V||Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Voith D863.3E||6||Ajax Pickering Transit Authority|
|8060-8061||1990||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Allison HTB-748||2||Ajax Pickering Transit Authority, Ex. Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority|
|8062-8065||1992||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Allison HT-748||4||Ajax Pickering Transit Authority, Ex. Port Authority of Allegheny County|
|8066||1994||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Allison HT-748||1||Lynx|
|8129-8132||1990||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Voith D863.3||4||Oshawa Transit|
|8133-8136||1991||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Voith D863.3||4||Oshawa Transit|
|8137-8145||1992||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Voith D863.3||9||Oshawa Transit|
|8151-8152||2001||Nova LFS||Detroit Diesel Series 40 / Allison B400R||2||Oshawa Transit|
|8153-8160||2002||Nova LFS||Detroit Diesel Series 40 / Allison B400R||8||Oshawa Transit|
|8161-8168||2004||Nova LFS||Cummins ISL / ZF 5HP552C||8||Oshawa Transit|
|8169-8170||2005||Nova LFS||Cummins ISL / ZF 6HP552C||2||Oshawa Transit|
|8171||2006||Nova LFS||Cummins ISL / ZF 6HP552C||1|
|8172-8173||2005, arrived 2006||Nova LFS||Cummins ISL / ZF 6HP552C||2|
|8174-8180||1999||Nova LFS||Detroit Diesel Series 40 / Allison B400R||7||First: Philadelphia Airport, arrived 2007|
|8318||1994||Orion V||Detroit Diesel 6V92TA / Voith D863.3||1||Whitby Transit|
|8321-8322||1998||Orion VI||Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Allison B400R||2||Whitby Transit|
|8324-8329||2004||Nova LFS||Cummins ISL / Allison B400R||6||Whitby Transit|
|8330-8332||1997||Orion V||Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Allison B400R||3||Whitby Transit|
|8401-8430||2007||New Flyer D40LF||Cummins ISL / Voith D864.3E||30|
|8431-8445||2007, arrived late 2007-2008||New Flyer D40LF||Cummins ISL-07 / Voith D864.5||15|
|8446-8459||2008||New Flyer D40LF||Cummins ISL-07 / Voith D864.5||14|
|8460-8473||2009, arrived late 2009-2010||New Flyer D40LF||Cummins ISL-07 / Voith D864.5||11|
|8501-8535||2012||New Flyer XD40||Cummins ISL9 / Voith D864.5||35|
- denotes wheelchair accessible
- On each line of the table, groups of fleet numbers, separated by commas, correspond to the years listed on that line.
- Ajax Transit and Pickering Transit vehicles were operated by the Ajax Pickering Transit Authority (APTA) prior to the creation of DRT.
- Ajax Transit, APTA, and Pickering Transit-sourced buses are generally operated throughout Ajax and Pickering. Whitby and Oshawa-sourced buses generally stay in their home city. However, some exceptions include cross regional routes and equipment transfers between divisions.
In addition, there are 26 Specialized Service cutaway vans used for Flag Bus and for specialized services. The current Flag Bus Fleet consists of three ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX 30 foot buses and 2 Overland Custom Coach ELFs.
DRT uses the following maintenance and operational facilities:
- Address: 710 Raleigh Avenue, Oshawa
- Opened: 1965 (original) 1980 (GO Transit expansion)
- Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and servicing for DRT (GO Transit no longer operates out of this location 2012-13)
Whitby Works Satellite Division - Trentway-Wagar:
- Address: 1559 Victoria Street East, Whitby
- Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and repairs
- Address: 110 Westney Road South, Ajax
- Opened: 1988
- Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and repairs
Pickering Works Satellite Division
- Address: 2570 Tillings Road, Pickering
- Facilities: bus storage only
DRT was formed in January 2006 through an amalgamation of existing municipal transit systems in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington (Bowmanville). The systems were transferred to the regional government along with the legal authority to operate public transit in the local municipalities. This required approval by both Durham Region Council as well as four out of eight local municipal councils consisting of at least 50% of the population of the Region. The approval process took several years, with final approval for the amalgamation given by Durham Region Council on February 9, 2005. The remainder of 2005 was spent preparing for the merger. DRT assumed its responsibilities and inherited the equipment and facilities of its predecessor systems effective January 1, 2006.
On October 5, 2006, members of Local 222 began a legal strike action against DRT. All services were suspended other than those operated by Trentway-Wagar in Whitby. Limited specialized service continued via the use of contracted taxis. On October 29, a tentative settlement was announced, and full service resumed on November 3.
Public transit service in Durham Region has a long history prior to the creation of DRT, dating back to the 19th century. The list below shows predecessor transit systems in each municipality:
- Charterways Transportation Limited 1969-1973
- Ajax Transit 1973-2001
- Ajax Pickering Transit Authority 2001-2005
- Burley Bus Lines
- Charterways Transportation Limited
- Whitby Transit ?-2005
- Specialized Service provided by Handi-Transit 1974-2005
- Oshawa Railway Company (operated by Canadian National Railway) 1895-1959
- Queen Bus Lines 1920s
- Oshawa Transit 1960-2005
- Specialized Service provided by Handi-Transit 1974-2005
- Clarington Transit 2002-2005
- Specialized Service provided by Handi-Transit 1974-2005
- Toronto Transit Commission - connections made with 109 Rouge Hill Shuttle, 923 Bayly and 900 drt PULSE
- GO Transit - connections with many services.
- "Durham Region Transit March 2011 meeting". Durham Region Transit. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- DRT Bus Schedule
- "Durham Region Transit Identifies Low Performing Routes for Service Adjustments". Durham Region Transit. 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Premier of Ontario Background - MoveOntario 2020 Projects
- Metrolinx 2nd Win Quick Win Projects
- Durham Region Transit Service Strategy
Media related to Durham Region Transit at Wikimedia Commons