DRT Celebrates 50 Million Passengers

WHITBY, ON, November 28, 2011 – Durham Region Transit (DRT) ridership has climbed to a total of 50 million passengers since inception in January, 2006. The largest fare category continues to be students at 45% of total rides.
While DRT could not be certain who the actual 50 millionth passenger was, eight DRT representatives and members of the DRT Transit Executive Committee, visited eight municipalities and selected eight grand prize winners. DRT Representatives also selected a Specialized Services winner.
Winners from each municipality and the Specialized Services passenger received free DRT tickets or a pass and a DRT prize package. 50 Millionth Rider winners and presenters:
  • DRT Deputy General Manager Operations Martin Ward, DRT Operator Ishwar Dass,  Ajax winner James McKinnon, Town of Ajax Councillor Shaun Collier. 
  • City of Pickering Deputy Mayor, Doug Dickerson, Pickering winner Diana Cattley, DRT Westney Operations Manager Ahmad Kidwai, DRT Deputy General Manager Maintenance & Equipment Peter Chatoff. 
  • DRT General Manager Ted Galinis, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer Roger Anderson and Chair of the DRT Commission,  Whitby winner Rachel Conium, Town of Whitby Councillor Don Mitchell. 
  • City of Oshawa Councillor and Vice Chair Transit Executive Committee Nester Pidwerbecki and Oshawa winner Brandon White and daughter Savana. 
  • Clarington winner Heidi Gray and son Tayden, Municipality of Clarington Councillor Mary Novak. 
  • Township of Uxbridge Deputy Mayor Bev Northeast and Uxbridge winner Betty Pugh. 
  • Township of Scugog Councillor Bobbie Drew and Scugog winner Marion Lee. 
  • Brock winner Gloria Humphrey, Township of Brock Mayor Terry Clayton. 
  • DRT Specialized Services Operator Janet McKinnon, Specialized Services passenger Laura Tulloch. 
    “DRT’s ridership has increased 41.7% or 2.85 million additional riders per year since the inception of regional transit service. In 2012, DRT anticipates 10 million passengers will be using the service annually. Durham Region will continue its commitment to invest in the transit needs of residents and continue to move forward with a planned long-term transit strategy,” says Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer Roger Anderson and Chair of the DRT Commission.
    “The focus will remain on providing residents of the eight municipalities in Durham Region with the most effective and efficient public transit service possible. DRT has implemented 11 new or expanded routes, added 43,400 service hours, revitalized and grown its fleet with 116 accessible buses since amalgamation”, says General Manager, DRT, Ted Galinis.
    DRT is an integrated transit system serving all communities in Durham Region. Accessible transit for approximately 3,200 clients or 155,000 trips per year is provided by DRT Specialized Services.
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    Media Inquiries:
    Neil Killens, Deputy General Manager, Support Services, 905-668-4113 ext. 3752
    Susan Dickison, Communications Coordinator, 905-668-7711 ext. 3754