Transit Executive Committee: Pilot program for Next Bus digital signs; 2021 Safe Driver Awards; Youth monthly pass incentives

Posted on Thursday May 05, 2022

Whitby, Ontario – On May 4, members of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee (TEC) met virtually to discuss various Durham Region Transit (DRT) initiatives and updates. Details and highlights include:

  • Pilot program for Next Bus digital signs: DRT began the installation of new pilot digital signs at selected DRT stops and terminals during the week of April 4. The solar-powered signs provide live updates about bus departure times, similar to Transit App, and are equipped with a text-to-speech function for customers with visual impairments. Testing and configuration will continue in the coming weeks. Customers are encouraged to provide their feedback to customer service by calling 1-866-247-0055 or by e-mail to DRTHelps@durham.ca.
  • 2021 Safe Driver Awards: Last year, 32 operators achieved safe driver milestones ranging from five to 30 years without a preventable collision. These operators will be recognized at the next council meeting on May 25, 2022. DRT’s commitment to safety is demonstrated through the accomplishments and actions of staff—congratulations to these individuals on their impressive achievements.
  • Youth monthly pass incentives: TEC moved forward a recommendation to extend the Y10 Youth Loyalty Pass for the 2022-2023 academic year. A revision to the pilot bulk monthly youth pass available to school boards and their school board transportation consortium within Durham Region was also recommended to provide a graduated discount rate for the program.

Quotes

“Congratulations to the dozens of drivers who will be presented with Safe Driver awards this year. Your commitment to serving the community by providing a safe, reliable public transit service is appreciated and deserves recognition. Transit safety over the last couple of years has transformed due to the pandemic and we are grateful to all operators and DRT staff who continue to keep our system running safely.”

-        John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer

“The Next Bus digital signs will help to keep our riders aware of changes in real time. As we move forward with testing, improvements will be made to ensure optimal performance and user experience.”

-        Shaun Collier, Mayor of Ajax and Chair of the Transit Executive Committee

“DRT is happy to extend the Y10 Youth Loyalty Pass. Through the graduated discount rate for bulk monthly pass purchases, local school boards and their transportation consortium will also benefit from additional discounts.”

-        Bill Holmes, General Manager of Durham Region Transit

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