DRT Fare Increase and Exchange Policy

WHITBY, ON, February 15, 2012 – Durham Region Transit (DRT) will implement the following fare increases:
  • Cash, tickets and monthly pass fare rates for Adult, Senior, Student, and Child fare categories will increase approximately 3%, effective July 1, 2012. The new fare structure continues to provide passengers with a larger discount when purchasing tickets or monthly passes compared to cash fare rates.
  • Effective December 1, 2012, the Specialized Services monthly pass will be withdrawn in favour of fare parity and terms of compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). All DRT monthly passes, tickets and cash fares, in all fare categories, adult, student, senior and child, will be valid on Specialized Services for registered Specialized Services passengers.
  • The fare increases were recommended to support increasing operating costs. With the exception of U-Pass programs and charter rate increases in July 2010 and 2011 and the Student cash fare in July 2011, DRT has not increased fares since July, 2009.
    The changes were approved by Regional Council on February 15, 2012 following DRT’s Transit Executive Committee (TEC) approval on February 1, 2012.

    Effective July 1, 2012​

    ​Cash Fare ​Monthly Pass ​10 Ride Tickets
    Adult *​ ​$3.00 ​$100.00 ​$27.00
    Senior 65 years & older​ $1.95​ ​$40.25 ​$18.50
    Student **​ ​$3.00 $84.00​ ​$25.00
    Student** Restricted​ n/a​ ​$70.50 ​n/a
    Child under 5 years​ Free ​Free ​Free
    Child*** 5 years & older $1.95 ​$59.50 ​$18.50
    Co-Fare**** ​$0.65 ​$25.00 ​$6.25
    ACCESS***** n/a ​$40.25 ​n/a
    Specialized****** n/a ​$100.00 ​n/a
    Specialized Services Trips
    $3.00 per trip​ ​
    Adult* Adult Monthly passes are transferable to any individual, provided the pass is not used at the same time by more than one person.
    Student**​ Individual attending a recognized educational institution with a current Student ID card.
    Student ** Restricted​ Monday to Friday 06:00 to 19:00. Not available in July & August.
    Child***​ Attending elementary school
    Co-Fare ****​ Transfer between DRT Bus and GO Transit for a reduced fare at GO Rail Stations
    ACCESS*****​ Special eligibility requirements. Valid on Specialized Service for registered Specialized Service passengers.
    Specialized Services​ Available by request for registered Specialized Services Customers only. Not transferable. Also valid on DRT & GO Bus conventional fixed route service in Durham Region. Effective December 1, 2012 all DRT monthly passes and tickets are valid on Specialized Services for registered Specialized Services clients.
    Grace Period - July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012:
    Passengers may pay a cash “top up” for old tickets on any DRT bus:
      • Adult Ticket top up          10 cents  
  • Senior Multi-Ride top up     5 cents
  • Student Ticket top up       10 cents   
  • Child Ticket top up             5 cents
  • Note: Top up is not accepted on GO Bus.
    Ticket Exchange Period - July 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012:
    To exchange old tickets, bring the old tickets and purchase a “top up” at these locations:
  • DRT Head Quarters, see cashiers on main floor at front counter at 605 Rossland Road, East, Whitby  Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • DRT Westney, 110 Westney Road, South,  Ajax Monday to Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm
  • United Way Star Assist Information Kiosk, Oshawa Centre, Oshawa - Monday to Friday 9:30am - 9:00pm, Saturday 9:30am - 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Note: customers must purchase a full 10 ride card or 10 ride ticket and pay the “top up” on each remaining unused ride. 
    To exchange old tickets after the November 1, 2012 expiry date:
    Send a written request for exchange and include old tickets to: Durham Region Transit, 605 Rossland Rd. East Box 623, Whitby, ON, L1N 6A3. If approved, a rounded-down value of tickets may be offered to the customer.
    Student Restricted Pass Upgrade: 
    Customers may upgrade from a Student Restricted Pass ($70.50) to a Student Unrestricted Pass ($84.00) by paying the $13.50 cost difference, at the following locations only:
  • United Way Kiosk, Oshawa Centre
  • C& D Financial, 250 Taunton Road, East, Oshawa
  • DRT Westney, 110 Westney Road, South, Ajax (closed during construction)
  • Oshawa Bus Terminal, 47 Bond Street, Oshawa
    Charter Rate: Effective July 1, 2012 -  $103.00 per hour weekdays and $122.00 per hour weekends and holidays, the discounted access rate $42.75 per hour will remain.
    DRT operates over 410,500 service hours annually. Since inception in January 2006, DRT has revitalized its fleet with 92 accessible buses, has grown its fleet with 22 new, service expansion buses and increased ridership by 42.9%. DRT operates community bus services and 62 conventional routes serving all communities in Durham Region. The DRT conventional and community bus fleet totals 164 vehicles. The Specialized Services fleet comprises 30 vehicles.

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