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Fare collection, 2020 rates, and incentives

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2020 11:00 AM

WHITBY, ON – After suspending fares on March 23 to support the physical distancing measures required as a part of the COVID-19 response, Durham Region Transit (DRT) is set to resume fare collection on July 2. Along with fare collection, the resumption of front door boarding (and implementing rear door exiting) will begin to ensure one-way passenger flow and eliminate bunching at the front doors. Also effective July 2:

  • 2020 fare rates: 2020 fare rates will be in effect (approved as part of the...

The Atmospheric Fund awards grant to Durham Region Transit for electric bus project

Posted on Tuesday, June 09, 2020 10:00 AM

WHITBY, ON – Since 2017 Durham Region Transit (DRT) has been actively engaged in investigating transit electrification innovation opportunities throughout the Region. In November 2019 Durham Region Council committed $10.1 million in federal gas tax funding towards DRT’s first battery electric buses and charging infrastructure as a pilot project to inform the transition of the Region’s transit fleet to zero emission buses over the next ten years. This project will be an important step to...

Durham Region Transit: safety, reliability and sustainability during COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2020 09:30 AM

WHITBY, ON – On Wednesday, June 3, members of the Transit Executive Committee (TEC) met virtually and at Regional Headquarters for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in mid-March. The meeting included a strong focus on the implications of the pandemic on Durham Region Transit (DRT), as follows:

  • Ridership: While ridership was exceeding expectations in the first ten weeks of 2020, due to the sudden 70 per cent decrease in ridership due to COVID-19, a 20 per cent reduction in...

Durham Region Transit Safe Driver Awards

Posted on Monday, June 01, 2020 07:15 AM

WHITBY, ON – Twenty-nine Durham Region Transit (DRT) operators are being recognized for their dedication and ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of passengers and the public with whom we share the roadways in and around Durham Region.

The Safe Driver Awards were established in 2015 to publicly honour DRT operators who have achieved safe driving milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years without a single preventable collision. Throughout 2019, the 29 employees celebrating Safe Driver milestones...

Durham Region Transit announces additional service changes beginning June 8

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2020 11:00 AM

WHITBY, ON – On Monday, June 8, Durham Region Transit (DRT) will be implementing additional service changes to reflect expected ridership levels and continue supporting the physical distancing directives from the Durham Region Health Department and provincial and federal governments. These modifications will be in effect until further notice.

The changes will more closely match capacity to expected ridership levels. As the economy reopens, modest ridership increases are expected over the summer....