Our vision for a zero-emissions fleet

Durham Region Transit (DRT) is a leader when it comes to the adoption of new mobility solutions and clean technologies. Our goal is to improve the customer experience while making transit more sustainable, safer and cost effective. Some of our actions include implementing demand responsive micro transit; piloting autonomous and connected technologies; and transitioning the vehicle fleet to alternative fuel propulsion systems with the goal of achieving zero emissions by 2045. Aligning with Durham Region’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan and Community Energy Plan, DRT will adopt renewable technologies that contribute to sustainable communities across the Region.

 About E-Mission Zero

DRT's E-Mission Zero is an ambitious and co-ordinated suite of emission-reducing initiatives to introduce a more sustainable network of vehicles, infrastructure and facilities over the next 25 years.

Bringing new technology and smart infrastructure to Durham Region, this program is positioned to significantly reduce transit emissions; with a focus on healthy, sustainable communities for generations to come. This vision is a transformational breakthrough for DRT's transit system. It provides opportunities for employment growth, community partnerships and expanded services within the Region; reinforcing DRT as a safe, reliable, sustainable mode of transportation for residents and visitors.

Quick Facts 
  • In 2019, Regional Council approved Federal Gas Tax funding to assess up to eight battery electric buses and charging technology.
  • Vehicles will be deployed on Routes 900 PULSE Highway 2 and 901 PULSE Simcoe for the initial launch of the pilot.
  • A feasibility study and infrastructure assessment is underway to inform the requirements and prepare a transition plan for the fleet and supporting infrastructure to achieve zero-emissions.