Durham Region Transit unveils a new holiday bus

Posted on Friday November 15, 2019

WHITBY, ON – Durham Region Transit (DRT) is proud to unveil a new holiday bus, for participation in regional holiday events, and to help support Durham Regional Police Service’s (DRPS) 2019 Festive R.I.D.E. launch and 31st annual Food and Toy Drive kick-off.

Featuring a creative, whimsical and festive full-body decal, the DRT holiday bus artwork captures the diverse landscape of the Region of Durham, both the urban development cityscape in lakeshore municipalities, as well as the thriving agricultural geography of our northern and rural municipalities. The bus used for the wrap is a new addition to DRT’s fleet and will not be used in on-street service until 2020, once it’s completed Santa’s rigorous winter testing at DRT’s north pole facility!

“We’re excited to give back to the community and customers we serve and welcome the opportunity to help support the annual DRPS Food and Toy Drive,” says Bill Holmes, General Manager of DRT. “We hope our holiday bus will add to the joy of the season for parade attendees, residents, visitors and customers alike.”

Watch for DRT’s holiday bus at a number of DRPS donation events, encouraging residents and visitors to stuff the bus full of toys and non-perishable food, to support families in need in Durham Region.

  • Freshco Bowmanville @ Longworth Avenue – Sunday, Dec. 8, 10:00 to 14:00
  • Canadian Tire Whitby North @ Garden & Taunton – Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:00 to 14:00
  • Superstore Oshawa @ Harmony & Taunton – Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:00 to 14:00

With the support of volunteer DRT Community Ambassadors, the holiday bus will also be participating in Santa Claus parades in each municipality this season: 

  • Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Oshawa Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Clarington/Newcastle Santa Claus Parade – Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Pickering Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 23
  • Ajax Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 23
  • Brock/Cannington Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Nov. 30
  • Whitby Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Scugog/Port Perry Santa Claus Parade – Saturday, Dec. 7

Attached is a rendering of the DRT holiday bus; it can also be viewed on durhamregiontransit.com.

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Media inquiries:
Shelley Pollock – Marketing and Communications
905-668-7711 ext. 3701 or shelley.pollock@durham.ca

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