With the Arrival of PULSE Service, DRT and GO Transit Focus Their 'One Fare' Agreement

WHITBY, ON, JUNE 27, 2013 – Durham Region Transit (DRT) and GO Transit continue to work in close partnership to better complement their bus routes, as everyone is getting ready for the start of the new DRT PULSE service along the Highway 2 corridor on June 29. Beginning on that day, Durham Region residents will have a new, convenient way of travelling between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto campus in Scarborough (UTSC), with service more frequent than ever before and easy connections to other routes, including the TTC.
 
The new DRT PULSE will establish Highway 2 as a strong spine of the overall transit network in Durham, with the high frequency of its brand new, specially identified buses and the new design of bus stops and shelters along the corridor. To avoid duplication with this new, high frequency DRT service, GO Transit is adjusting some GO Bus routes and reallocating service in Durham Region to provide more transit options and offer faster, more direct service to Toronto on Highway 2 and Highway 401 corridors.
 
The “One Fare Anywhere” agreement between DRT and GO Transit will evolve into a more focused arrangement starting on June 29. Since 2006, DRT has integrated GO Bus services as part of the DRT system, making travel in Durham Region simple and affordable with a “One Fare Anywhere” agreement.  Passengers with a DRT ticket, pass or transfer were able to travel within Durham Region on GO Bus without additional cost. DRT compensated GO Bus for DRT passengers travelling on GO Bus in Durham Region.
 
At that time the decision to include GO Bus in the service delivery plan for Durham Region made sense, supplemented DRT routes and provided service across all municipalities. With the arrival of DRT PULSE along Hwy 2 however, the two agencies are transforming their routes to avoid duplication of service and accordingly, the “One Fare Anywhere” agreement will no longer apply to GO bus routes along Highway 2 (West of downtown Oshawa), Highway 401 and Highway 7 corridors.
 
CHANGES IN DETAIL: GO BUS SERVICE in DURHAM
● GO will continue to offer  semi-express bus service on Highway 2 for residents travelling between Oshawa, Scarborough Town Center and York Mills and Yorkdale Bus Terminals on the new GO Bus Route 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale
● GO will introduce express service from Pickering GO Station, to Scarborough Town Center and Finch GO Terminal via Highway 401 on new GO Bus Route 98 Pickering / Finch
● GO will increase service on Route 96 Oshawa / Finch Express offering a daily, two-way, all-day service, including weekends and holidays● GO Bus Routes 94 and 95 will be discontinued
 
NO CHANGE TO ‘ONE FARE’ GO BUS in BROCK, SCUGOG, UXBRIDGE & CLARINGTON
To supplement DRT Community Bus in Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge and provide transit in areas
DRT does not serve in Clarington, the ‘One Fare’ in Durham Region will continue on the following GO Bus routes:
GO 71 Stouffville (in the Township of Uxbridge)
GO 81 Beaverton / Port Perry/Whitby
GO 88 Peterborough / Oshawa (in Durham Region)
GO 90/91 Newcastle / Oshawa
 
CHANGES IN DETAIL: ONE FARE on GO BUS
Effective June 29, the ‘One Fare’ in Durham Region will no longer apply to GO Bus operating on the Highway 2 (West of downtown Oshawa), Highway 7 and Highway 401 corridors. Regular GO fare rates will apply to GO Bus Routes 51, 52, 93, 96 and the new GO Bus Routes 92 and 98. DRT tickets, passes and U-Pass will not be accepted on these GO Bus routes. However, using a PRESTO Card will qualify for Co-Fare. The Co- Fare discount is calculated when the connection between DRT and GO service is complete.
 
To be eligible for the ‘One Fare’ on all other GO Bus routes serving Durham Region, customers must begin their trip with a DRT ticket, pass (including U-Pass) or transfer, otherwise regular GO Bus fares will apply. Currently, a PRESTO Card cannot be used for ‘One Fare’ in Durham Region and regular GO Bus rates will apply. ‘One Fare’ passengers on the eligible GO Bus routes in Durham Region should therefore continue to use paper DRT tickets and passes to benefit from the DRT ‘One Fare’ program, until further changes come into effect.

For map and schedule information visit www.durhamregiontransit.com or www.gotransit.com.

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Media inquiries:
Susan Dickison, Communications Coordinator, DRT
susan.dickison@durham.ca 905-668-4113 ext. 3754