Durham Region Transit to give away a $500 PRESTO card to celebrate 100,000 On Demand trips

Posted on Monday June 07, 2021

Whitby, Ontario – To celebrate Durham Region Transit’s (DRT) appreciation for customers using On Demand service, the 100,000th rider will be gifted a pre-loaded $500 PRESTO fare card that can be used on all DRT services within Durham Region.

Flexible in meeting the individual needs of customers, On Demand is a shared ride public transit service within urban and rural areas, across Durham Region. Using the interactive mobile app, or by calling 1-866-247-0055, trips are available within 15 minutes of booking in urban areas and 30 minutes in rural areas.

Since its launch in Durham Region in September 2020, On Demand has provided safe and reliable transit service for approximately 70,000 trips for essential travel; including free trips to vaccine clinics currently available for all Durham residents. It is anticipated that the 100,000th milestone trip will be booked in the summer months.

In the weeks and months ahead, customers are encouraged to use DRT’s On Demand service for the chance to be the 100,000th rider and receive the $500 PRESTO card. Visit DurhamRegionTransit.com for information on how to plan your trip, or watch a short video to learn more.


“On Demand service reaching a milestone of 100,000 trips in less than a year is a remarkable accomplishment. The service has enabled residents of Durham Region to travel within our communities, during an unparalleled time, safely and efficiently. Thank you to our On Demand riders for your trust in DRT services.”

-        John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer

“This is an exciting opportunity to give back to our communities and present a $500 PRESTO card to the 100,000th On Demand rider. Not only has DRT’s On Demand service reached this milestone, but they have done so while keeping customers safe­ – that itself is an accomplishment to celebrate.”

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

“Over the past year, we have observed changes in the way people travel. We have adapted our service to meet their needs while ensuring all residents—regardless of where they live, work or otherwise travel in the Region—have access to safe and reliable mobility options. DRT is pleased to serve Durham residents with On Demand service, and we look forward to celebrating our appreciation by giving back a $500 PRESTO card to the 100,000th rider.”

-        Bill Holmes, General Manager of Durham Region Transit

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.