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Transit service in Pickering began with the Bay Ridges Dial-A-Bus, which ran from July 1970 to January 1973 as a demonstration project conducted by the Government of Ontario. Local GO fixed route supplementary service was introduced in February 1972.
Transit service was taken over by the municipality with the creation of Pickering Transit in 1973.
Pickering Transit and Ajax Transit were merged on September 4, 2001 to form the Ajax Pickering Transit Authority. APTA was merged into Durham Region Transit on January 1, 2006. DRT's Pickering operations remain heavily based on those operated by Pickering Transit.
The following routes were operated:
- Town Centre
- West Shore
- Bay Ridges
- Finch/Hwy 2
- Brock Rd
- Maple Ridge
Since its inception, Pickering Transit listed a variety of buses among its fleet:
- Rek Vee Industry (Club Car)
- Orion (01.501, 01.502, 01.507 and 05.501)
- Bus Industry of America (06.501)
- New Flyer (D40HF)
- Grumman Flexble (870)
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