Durham Region Transit

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Durham Region Transit
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Bus 8172 waits at the Ajax GO Station.
Slogan Make Life Easy!
Founded January 1, 2006
Headquarters Whitby, Ontario
Service area Durham Region
Service type Public transit
Fuel type Diesel
Operator Durham Region, Pacific Western (Whitby)
Website www.durhamregiontransit.com

Durham Region Transit (DRT) is the regional public transit operator in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada, east of Toronto. Its headquarters are at 605 Rossland Rd East in Whitby, Ontario, and there are regional centres in Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa. It was formed by 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

Most of DRT's operational and maintenance services are provided by regional staff who are members of Canadian Auto Workers Local 222.

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.[1]


Route numbering / Route list[edit]

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/ Uxbridge, Scugog, and Brock townships

The following routes are in effect as of April 10, 2017 [2]

900: Regional
900 DRT PULSE (bus rapid transit)
910 Campus Connect
915 Taunton
916 Rossland
922 Bloor Townline
950 Reach Simcoe North
960 Newmarket Uxbridge
West Division
100: Pickering 200: Ajax
101 Bay Ridges-Industrial
103 Glenanna Strouds
107 Rosebank
110 Finch West
111 East Pickering
112 Brock
120 Whites
181 Late Night Shuttle
182 Late Night Shuttle
193 Community Route
199 Claremont
215 Salem North
216 Harwood North
217 Monarch
218 Pickering Beach
219 Ravenscroft
223 Bayly
224 Salem South/ Harwood South
225 Audley North
226 Westney South
232 Church
283 Late Night Shuttle
284 Late Night Shuttle
291 / 292 Ajax Community Routes
Central / East Division
300: Whitby 400: Oshawa
301 West Lynde Otter Creek
302 Baldwin Brock
303 Garden
304 Anderson
305 Thickson
308 Whitby Shores
310 Winchester
312 Community Bus
318 Garden Otter Creek
385 Whitby Late Night Shuttle
401 Simcoe
402 King
403 Park
405 Wilson
407 Ritson Colonel Sam
409 Thornton Stevenson
410 Olive Harmony
411 South Courtice
412 Adelaide
414 Community Bus
416 Kedron
417 Conlin
500: Clarington 600: North
501 South Bowmanville
502 North Bowmanville
506 Clarington Community Bus
601 Brock-Uxbridge

Terminals and hubs[edit]

Location Routes served Connecting transit
U of T, Scarborough 900 PULSE TTC 38, 95B/E, 198 ; GO 51
Rouge Hill GO Station 103 GO Lakeshore East train, TTC 38, 54A/E (at Lawrence Ave), 85A
Pickering GO Station 101+, 103B, 107, 110/A, 112, 120, 181, 182, 223 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 51/B, 90B/C
Ajax GO Station 915, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219+, 223, 224, 225, 226, 232, 283, 284 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 90B/C, 96
Whitby GO Station 910+, 922, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 308+, 318, 385 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 81/A, 90B/C, 96
Oshawa GO Station 922, 401C, 403, 405 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 88, 90/A/B/C, 91, 96
Downtown Oshawa 900 PULSE, 401+, 402, 405, 407+, 411, 414 GO 52, 90, 91, 92
Oshawa Centre 910/B, 312, 402, 403+ , 405, 409, 410, 411, 412, 414 GO 90 (at Stevenson/Cartier or at King/Stevenson)
Durham College/UOIT 910+, 915, 950+, 310, 401+, 416, 417 GO 52/A/B, 93
Harmony Terminal
(Walmart North Oshawa)
916, 922, 405, 407, 410, 416, 417 NA
Pickering Parkway Terminal 916, 103, 110+, 111+, 193 connecting bridge to Pickering GO Station
Port Perry Terminal
(Curt St & Water St)
950+ GO 81/A
Courtice Community Centre 402, 411, 412 NA

Service changes[edit]

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.[3]

Rapid transit[edit]

DRT Pulse
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Parent Durham Region Transit
Founded June 29, 2013
Locale Durham Region
Service area Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa
Service type bus rapid transit
Routes 900
Stops Along Kingston Road, Dundas St, and King/Bond Sts. (Former Ontario Highway 2)
Destinations Downtown Oshawa
U of T Scarborough
Fleet New Flyer Xcelsior
Fuel type Diesel
Website Durham BRT

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.[4] In November 2007, Metrolinx recommended[5] 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 first phase of BRT implementation, known as DRT Pulse, began service June 29, 2013, operating on the Ontario Highway 2 corridor between Downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. It runs on 7.5 minute headways during rush hour and 15 minute headways during off-peak hours.[6] Connections to Toronto Transit Commission services are available at U of T Scarborough and connections to GO Transit are available at various points along the line.[7]

The initial phase is similar to the first phase of Viva Rapid Transit, with buses running in existing lanes, while the full implementation will provide dedicated bus-only lanes and utilize transit signal priority to save travel time. These lanes, which incorporate bicycle lanes into their design,[8] are already in use on a section of Kingston Road West in Ajax, and are under construction on Kingston Road near Pickering Town Centre.[9]

The BRT is complemented by improved DRT and GO Transit service along Taunton Road, Rossland Road, Bayly/Bloor/Victoria Streets, and Simcoe Street.[10]

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.[11]


The following table shows DRT's fare structure as of May 1, 2017:[12]

Age Group Cash Fare Presto card
single trip
Monthly Pass 10 ride
Adult $3.75 $3.10 $117.00 $31.00
Youth (formerly Student)
13–19 years old
$3.75 $2.80 $93.50 $28.00
$2.50 $2.10 $46.00 $21.00
Aged 6–12
Aged 5 and under - Free
$2.50 $2.10 $65.00 $21.00
Access $46.00
Co-Fare* $0.80 $0.80
  • DRT Adult monthly paper passes are transferable to any individual provided the pass is not used at the same time by more than one person.
  • Access: Eligibility requirements can be found here. Not available in tickets. Not available in PRESTO.
  • Specialized Services: All DRT fares (cash, ticket, monthly pass) in all fare categories (adult, student, senior, child and Access) are valid on Specialized Services for registered clients. PRESTO not available for Specialized Services

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[edit]

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.

The following GO bus routes will still accept DRT tickets, passes (not on PRESTO), U-pass and transfers within the Durham Region:

  • 71 Stouffville (in the Township of Uxbridge)
  • 81 Beaverton/Port Perry/ Whitby
  • 90 Newcastle/Oshawa


Current Conventional Fleet List
Fleet Numbers Year Make/Model Engine/Transmission Fleet size Original Operator
8050 2003 Orion V Handicapped/disabled access Detroit Diesel Series 50 / Voith D863.3E 6 Ajax Pickering Transit Authority
8151-8152 2001 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Detroit Diesel Series 40 / Allison B400R 2 Oshawa Transit
8153-8160 2002 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Detroit Diesel Series 40 / Allison B400R 8 Oshawa Transit
8161-8168 2004 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL / ZF 5HP552C 8 Oshawa Transit
8169-8170 2005 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL / ZF 6HP552C 2 Oshawa Transit
8171 2006 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL / ZF 6HP552C 1 DRT
8172-8173 2005, arrived 2006 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL / ZF 6HP552C 2 Originally ordered by Oshawa Transit
8174-8180 1999 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Detroit Diesel Series 40 / Allison B400R 7 ex-Philadelphia International Airport Parking Shuttle service operated by First Transit (1999), arrived 2007
8324-8329 2004 Nova LFS Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL / Allison B400R 6 Whitby Transit
8401-8430 2007 New Flyer D40LF Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL / Voith D864.3E 30 DRT
8431-8445 2007, arrived late 2007-2008 New Flyer D40LF Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL-07 / Voith D864.5 15 DRT
8446-8459 2008 New Flyer D40LF Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL-07 / Voith D864.5 14 DRT
8460-8473 2009, arrived late 2009-2010 New Flyer D40LF Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL-07 / Voith D864.5 11 DRT
8501-8535 2012 New Flyer XD40 Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL9 / Voith D864.5 35 DRT
8536-8538 2013 New Flyer XD40 Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL9 / Voith D864.5 3 DRT
8539-8545 2013 New Flyer XD40 Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL9 / Allison B400R 7 DRT
8546-8548 2014 New Flyer XD40 Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL9 / Allison B400R 3 DRT
8601-8626 2013 New Flyer XD40 Handicapped/disabled access Cummins ISL9 / Voith D864.5 3 DRT - PULSE

Note: Handicapped/disabled access denotes wheelchair accessible

Current Community Bus Fleet List
Fleet Numbers Year Make/Model Engine/Transmission Fleet size Original Operator
8975-8978 2009-2010 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX 30 foot Cummins ISB or ISB6.7 / Allison B300R 4 DRT
8979-8981 2012, 2014 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II BRT Cummins ISB6.7 / Allison B300R 3 DRT

The 4 Overland Custom Coach ELF 125 and 128 (Ford E450) acquired by Ajax Pickering Transit in 2000-2001 are all retired (2008-2009) and replaced by the E-Z Rider II.


DRT uses the following maintenance and operational facilities:[13]

Raleigh Division:

Address: 710 Raleigh Avenue, Oshawa
Coordinates: 43°52′57″N 78°49′43″W / 43.88250°N 78.82861°W / 43.88250; -78.82861
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
Coordinates: 43°51′51.7″N 78°54′21″W / 43.864361°N 78.90583°W / 43.864361; -78.90583
Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and repairs

Westney Division:

Address: 110 Westney Road South, Ajax
Coordinates: 43°50′43″N 79°02′28″W / 43.84528°N 79.04111°W / 43.84528; -79.04111
Opened: 1988
Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and repairs

Pickering Works Satellite Division (Discontinued Late Aug 2014)

Address: 2570 Tillings Road, Pickering
Coordinates: 43°52′26″N 79°05′33″W / 43.87389°N 79.09250°W / 43.87389; -79.09250
Facilities: Previously used for bus storage only. DRT discontinued their use of space at this location Late August 2014; buses were transferred to Westney and/or Raleigh divisions to compensate.


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.

Previous systems[edit]

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:






See also[edit]

- 103 Glenanna Strouds (Rouge Hill GO Station, 38 Highland Creek, 54A/E Lawrence East (at Lawrence Avenue), 85A Sheppard East)
- 900 drt PULSE (University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 38 Highland Creek, 95 York Mills, 198 U of T Scarborough Rocket)


  1. ^ "Durham Region Transit March 2011 meeting". Durham Region Transit. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ DRT Routes as of April 10, 2017
  3. ^ "Durham Region Transit Identifies Low Performing Routes for Service Adjustments". Durham Region Transit. 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  4. ^ Premier of Ontario Background - MoveOntario 2020 Projects
  5. ^ Metrolinx 2nd Win Quick Win Projects
  6. ^ "DRT Introduces New drt PULSE Service to Scarborough". Region of Durham. Durham Region Transit. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "DRT Pulse Map" (PDF). Durham Region Transit. Region of Durham. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Bus-only and Bicycle Lanes". Highway 2 Transit Priority Measures Class EA and Design. Region of Durham. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Reserved Lanes". Works. Region of Durham. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "With the Arrival of PULSE Service, DRT and GO Transit Focus Their 'One Fare' Agreement". Region of Durham. Durham Region Transit. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  11. ^ http://www.durhamlongtermtransitstrategy.ca/img/DRT_LTSnewsletter4_web_final2.pdf
  12. ^ DRT Fares
  13. ^ Durham Region Transit Service Strategy
  14. ^ http://www.vivanext.com/files/BoardMeetingsReports/Quarterly%20Reports/YRRTC_Project_Status_Quarterly_Report_-_Q1_2016_.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Durham Region Transit at Wikimedia Commons