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Modernizing DRT Specialized Transit

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 07:15 AM

One of Durham Region Transit’s (DRT) main objectives is to ensure equitable public transit for all residents in Durham regardless of where they live, work, go to school, or otherwise travel in the Region. We are also committed to modernizing services to improve access and enhance the frequency and capacity of all services that meet the travel needs of residents. As part of these commitments, I wanted to provide you with an update on how we are modernizing Specialized Transit.

New third-party...

Transit Executive Committee: Hybrid buses; Electric bus pilot; Updated surveillance system; Transition to PRESTO from ACCESS Pass

Posted on Friday, September 09, 2022 06:30 AM

Whitby, Ontario – On September 7, members of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee (TEC) met to discuss various Durham Region Transit (DRT) initiatives and updates. Details and highlights include:

  • Hybrid buses: DRT is in the process of receiving 10 diesel electric hybrid buses, which are expected to be in service this fall.
  • Electric bus pilot: As part of the DRT electric bus pilot DRT will purchase a total of six buses from the top-ranked respondents from the request for proposals that was...

The Region of Durham receives 2022 Peter J. Marshall Award for DRT’s On Demand service

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 10:30 AM

Whitby, Ontario – At the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference, the Region of Durham was awarded with the 2022 Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award for Durham Region Transit’s (DRT) On Demand service. The award is given to municipal governments who demonstrate excellence in the use of innovative approaches to improve capital and/or operating efficiency. Award recipients are also recognized for innovating through service delivery initiatives and partnerships.


PRESTO contactless payment to launch on DRT at a later date

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2022 12:00 PM

Durham Region Transit (DRT) does not currently accept PRESTO contactless payment through credit card.

While customers travelling on Brampton Transit, MiWay, Oakville Transit and GO Transit are now able to pay their fare using credit card (PRESTO contactless payment), this method of payment has not yet been launched for customers travelling on DRT. PRESTO contactless payment for DRT will be announced at a later date. 

Customers transferring to and from GO Transit may continue to use a PRESTO card or...

September 6, 2022 service updates

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2022 10:30 AM

Whitby, Ontario – This September Durham Region Transit (DRT) is increasing service to welcome customers who may be returning to school or work in the fall.

Customers will benefit from increased frequency on several other routes including four PULSE Rapid Routes and more than 10 routes which will operate every 15 minutes or better, and increased connection to GO Trains with the launch of five new routes.

Increased service to Scarborough will be available via route 920 and PULSE 900. DRT will also...