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Durham Region Transit

Durham Region Transit (DRT) is the regional public transit operator in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada, east of Toronto. Its headquarters are at 605 Rossland Rd East in Whitby, Ontario, and there are regional centres in Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa. It was formed by the merger of Ajax/Pickering Transit, Whitby Transit, Oshawa Transit, and Clarington Transit.

Durham Region Transit
Durham Region Transit logo.png
Durham Region Transit 8172-a.jpg
Bus 8172 waits at the Ajax GO Station.
SloganMake Life Easy!
FoundedJanuary 1, 2006
HeadquartersWhitby, Ontario
Service areaDurham Region
Service typePublic transit
Fuel typeDiesel
OperatorDurham Region, Pacific Western (Whitby)



DRT's operation is overseen by the Durham Region Transit Commission, consisting of the members of Durham Region Council. In April 2007, a new Durham Region Transit Executive Committee was created to take over day-to-day oversight responsibilities, with the full Commission meeting on a limited basis as needed. The Executive Committee consists of the Regional Chair and one councilor from each of the eight Durham Region municipalities as appointed by the Mayor of each municipality.

DRT is organized into operating divisions mirroring its predecessor systems:

  • Raleigh (originally known as DRT East) serving the City of Oshawa and the Municipality of Clarington
  • Victoria (originally known as DRT Centre) serving the Town of Whitby
  • Westney (originally known as DRT West) serving the Town of Ajax and the City of Pickering
  • North (originally known as DRT North) serving the Townships of Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge
  • DRT Specialized Services providing service for the disabled

Most of DRT's operational and maintenance services are provided by regional staff who are members of Canadian Auto Workers Local 222.

Whitby initially operated under the terms of an existing Whitby Transit contract with Trentway-Wagar. A new contract that combined Brock, Scugog & Uxbridge operations with Whitby operations was awarded to Trentway-Wagar in 2011. The drivers and maintenance staff were therefore employees of Trentway-Wagar. This contract ended on June 30, 2016.[1]


On July 28, 2008, DRT introduced a unified route number system using a three digit format, with the first digit indicating the municipality:

West division
  • 100: Pickering
  • 200: Ajax
Central/East division
  • 300: Whitby
  • 400: Oshawa/Courtice
  • 500: Clarington
  • 600: Uxbridge, Scugog, and Brock townships
  • 900: Cross-boundary

The following routes are in effect as of January 7, 2019 [2]


Route Direction Destination Direction Destination


Bay Ridges CCW
Pickering GO Station CW
Pickering GO Station
103 Glenanna Strouds WB Rouge Hill GO Station EB Pickering Parkway Terminal
103B WB Highview and Rosebank EB Pickering GO Station
107 Rosebank WB Rougemount and Toynevale EB Pickering GO Station


Finch West WB
Pickering GO Station EB
Pickering Parkway Terminal
110B WB Altona and Sheppard EB Pickering Parkway Terminal


East Pickering CCW
Pickering Parkway Terminal CW
Pickering Parkway Terminal
112 Brock NB Brock Road and Zents SB Pickering GO Station
120 Whites NB Whites Road and Sunbird Loop SB Pickering GO Station


Late Night Shuttle 181 Towards West Pickering (Drop-offs upon request) 182 Towards East Pickering (Drop-offs upon request)
193A West Pickering Community Route WB Rosebank and Rougenount EB Pickering Town Centre
193B East Pickering Community Route WB Pickering Town Centre EB Walmart
1899 Pickering Parkway


215 Salem North NB Taunton Road and Salem SB Ajax GO Station
216 Harwood North NB Taunton Road and Salem SB Ajax GO Station
217 Monarch NB Ajax GO Station SB Pickering Beach and Dreyer
218 Pickering Beach NB Ajax GO Station SB Harwood and Dreyer
219 Ravenscroft NB Taunton and Harwood SB Ajax GO Station
219C NB Taunton and Harwood via Rossland SB Ajax GO Station via Rossland
223 Bayly NB Pickering Beach Road and Dreyer
via Pickering GO Station - Ajax GO Station
SB Pickering Parkway Terminal
via Pickering GO Station - Ajax GO Station
224 Harwood South/Salem South WB Ajax GO Station EB Kerrison and Harwood
225 Audley North NB Taunton Road and Salem SB Ajax GO Station
226 Westney South NB Ajax GO Station SB Harwood and Clover Ridge
232 Church NB Church and Rossland SB Ajax GO Station


Late Night Shuttle 283 Towards North Ajax
(Drop-offs upon request)
284 Towards South Ajax
(Drop-offs upon request)


Ajax Community Routes 291 Pickering Town Centre
via Ajax-Pickering Hospital
292 Westney and Harwood
via Ajax-Pickering Hospital


301 West Lynde NB Taunton Road and Cochrane SB Whitby GO Station
302 Baldwin-Brock NB Winchester and Baldwin (Brooklin) SB Whitby GO Station
303 Garden NB Taunton Road and McKinney SB Whitby GO Station
304 Anderson NB Anderson Street and Solmar SB Whitby GO Station
305 Thickson NB Taunton Road and Garrard SB Whitby GO Station
308 Whitby Shores NB Whitby GO Station SB Ontario Shores Centre
310 Winchester WB Winchester and Baldwin (Brooklin) EB UOIT / DC North Campus
312 Central Whitby WB Taunton Road and Cochrane EB Oshawa Centre Terminal
385 Late Night Shuttle NB Whitby (Drop-offs upon request, No Service to Brooklin) SB N/A


401 Simcoe NB UOIT / DC North Campus SB Lakeview Park and Ritson
401B NB UOIT / DC North Campus via Wentworth - Simcoe SB Ritson & Wentworth via First - Ritson - Wentworth
401C NB UOIT / DC North Campus via Bloor Street SB Oshawa GO Station via Bloor Street
402 King WB Oshawa Centre Terminal EB Courtice Road and Moyse
403 Park NB Oshawa Centre Terminal SB Oshawa GO Station
405 Wilson NB Harmony Terminal via Oshawa Centre Terminal SB Oshawa GO Station via Oshawa Centre Terminal
405S NB Wilson and Bond
406 Wentworth NB Oshawa Centre Terminal SB Farewell & Wentworth
407 Ritson Colonel Sam NB Harmony Terminal SB Colonel Sam Drive
407C NB Harmony Terminal via Nonquon Road
407S SB Farewell & Raleigh
408 Garrard NB Taunton and Garrard SB Oshawa Centre Terminal
409 Garrard Stevenson NB Taunton and Garrard SB Oshawa Centre Terminal

via Rossland - Stevenson

410 Olive Harmony NB Harmony Terminal SB Oshawa Centre Terminal
411 South Courtice WB Oshawa Centre Terminal EB Courtice Road & Moyse
412 Adelaide WB Oshawa Centre Terminal EB Courtice Road & Moyse
414 Community Bus NB Taunton and Ritson SB Oshawa Centre Terminal
To Dean and Normandy Street (First and Last Trip)
417 Conlin WB UOIT / DC North Campus EB Harmony Terminal
420 Britannia West NB Britannia and Windfield Farms SB UOIT / DC North Campus


501 South Bowmanville WB Clarington Centre EB Church and Temperance
502 North Bowmanville NB Scugog Street and Bons SB Church and Temperance
506 Clarington Community Route WB Bowmanville GO Park and Ride
via Newcastle GO Park and Ride
EB Highway 35 and Taunton Road
via Newcastle GO Park and Ride

Uxbridge, Scugog, and Brock townshipsEdit

601 Brock-Uxbridge NB Simcoe Street and Mara
via Sunderland
via Beaverton
SB Toronto Street and Welwood
via Sunderland
via Beaverton
603 Pickering-Uxbridge NB Toronto St & Welwood
via Brougham
via Claremont
SB Pickering Parkway Terminal
via Claremont
via Brougham
On Demand Service
651 Uxbridge Connector
652 Port Perry Connector
653 Beaverton-Orillia Connector
654 Cannington - Lindsay Connector


900 PULSE - Highway 2 (BRT) WB Centennial Circle EB Oshawa - Mary and Bond
910 Campus Connect NB UOIT / DC North Campus
via DC Whitby Campus - Oshawa Centre Terminalvia Trent University Oshawa
SB Whitby GO Station
via Trent University Oshawa
via Oshawa Centre Terminal - DC Whitby Campus
915 Taunton WB Ajax GO Station EB Harmony Terminal
915B Ajax GO Station UOIT / DC North Campus
915C Ajax GO Station Harmony Terminal via UOIT / DC North Campus
915D Ajax GO Station via UOIT / DC North Campus Harmony Terminal via UOIT / DC North Campus
916 Rossland WB Pickering Parkway Terminal EB Harmony Terminal
916C WB Pickering Parkway Terminal
via Terrace Drive
EB Harmony Terminal
via Terrace Drive
922 Bloor Townline WB Whitby GO Station
via Oshawa GO Station
EB Harmony Terminal
via Oshawa GO Station
922S WB Whitby GO Station
via Oshawa GO Station
EB Townline Rd & Nash Rd
950 Reach Simcoe North NB Welwood Plaza
via Port Perry Terminal
SB UOIT / DC North Campus
via Port Perry Terminal
960 Newmarket Uxbridge WB Davis and 404 GO Park and Ride EB Toronto Street and Brock

Terminals and hubsEdit

Location Routes served Connecting transit
Ellesmere and Military Trail 900 PULSE TTC 38, 95B/E, 198 ; GO 51/C/D
Rouge Hill GO Station 103 GO Lakeshore East train, TTC 38, 54A/E (at Lawrence Ave), 85A
Pickering GO Station 101+, 103B, 107, 110/A, 112, 120, 181, 182, 223 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 51/B, 90B/C
Ajax GO Station 915, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219+, 223, 224, 225, 226, 232, 283, 284 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 90B/C, 96
Whitby GO Station 910, 922, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 308+, 385 GO Lakeshore East train, GO 81/A, 90B/C, 96
Oshawa GO Station 922, 401C, 403, 405+ GO Lakeshore East train, GO 88, 90/A/B/C, 91, 96
Downtown Oshawa 900 PULSE, 401+, 402, 405, 407+, 411, 414 GO 52, 90/A/C/D, 92
Oshawa Centre 910, 312, 402, 403+, 405+, 406, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 414 GO 90/A/C (at Stevenson/Cartier or at King/Stevenson)
Durham College/UOIT 910, 915+, 950+, 310, 401+, 417, 420 GO 52/A/B, 93
Harmony Terminal
(Walmart North Oshawa)
915+, 916+, 922, 405, 407, 410, 417 NA
Pickering Parkway Terminal 916+, 103, 110+, 111+, 193 connecting bridge to Pickering GO Station
Port Perry Terminal
(Curt St & Water St)
950+ GO 81/A
Courtice Community Centre 402, 411, 412 NA

Service changesEdit

In its first year of operation in 2006, DRT implemented a number of service changes:

  • A common fare across Durham Region including transfer privileges
  • Access to GO Transit bus services operating within Durham Region for a standard DRT fare or transfer
  • Service for the northern communities of Port Perry, Brock, and Uxbridge in the form of community buses operating on specific days of the week
  • Implementation of Fixed-route evening/Sunday service in Ajax and Pickering replacing the former "dial-a-bus" service.
  • Service level improvements on several routes
  • The introduction of several new or extended routes, including:
    • Rush-hour Service along Brock Street/Baldwin Street (Highway 12) to Brooklin
    • Rush-hour Service along Bloor Street and Victoria Street (Durham Regional Road 22) from Oshawa GO to Whitby GO Train Stations
    • Service on Audley Road in Ajax, both south of Bayly Street and north of Kingston Road
    • Service along Townline Road in eastern Oshawa and Courtice
    • Weekend service to Whitby and Oshawa GO Transit stations

In 2007, the following new services were introduced:

  • 915 Taunton: grid service from Pickering GO Station via Bayly, Westney, Taunton and Simcoe to Durham College/UOIT
  • 916 Rossland : grid service from Ajax GO Station via Westney, Bayly, Harwood, Rossland, Grandview, Taunton, Ritson, Conlin and Simcoe
  • 302 Brock/Brooklin: increased service to Brooklin
  • 20 Westney and 40 Applecroft, and elimination of 23 Nottingham as a separate route
  • 504 Orono/Newcastle: revised to include Newcastle
  • 950 Uxbridge/Port Perry/UOIT: a grid weekday route from Uxbridge and Port Perry to Durham College/UOIT
  • replacement of Whitby dial a ride and shuttle bus service from the GO station with fixed routes

As a consequence of an operational budget shortfall, DRT implemented service cutbacks in December 2007 and March 2008, including cancellation of midday services, reduction in service hours and frequencies, and elimination of its 10 Ajax route.[3]

Rapid transitEdit

DRT Pulse
ParentDurham Region Transit
FoundedJune 29, 2013
LocaleDurham Region
Service areaOshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Toronto (Scarborough)
Service typebus rapid transit
FleetNew Flyer Xcelsior
Fuel typeDiesel
WebsiteDurham BRT

There has been some discussion of the possibility of creating a rapid transit line along the Durham Highway 2 corridor. The Durham Region Long Term Transit plan identifies Highway 2 and Taunton Road as higher order corridors where transit services would be especially fast, frequent and include elements such as right-of-way separation, transit priority, and potential for different vehicle technology including light rail.

On June 15, 2007, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a $17 billion transit plan called MoveOntario 2020. One component of the plan was a bus rapid transit line on Highway 2 between Pickering and Oshawa.[4] In November 2007, Metrolinx recommended[5] a funding package of $82.3 million for a "Quick Win" implementation of a bus rapid transit line along Highway 2. This funding package was approved in full as part of the 2008 provincial budget, and a preliminary BRT implementation is expected to be running within three years.

The first phase of BRT implementation, known as DRT Pulse, began service June 29, 2013, operating on the Ontario Highway 2 corridor between Downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. It runs on 7.5 minute headways during rush hour and 15 minute headways during off-peak hours.[6] Connections to Toronto Transit Commission services are available at U of T Scarborough and connections to GO Transit are available at various points along the line.[7]

The initial phase is similar to the first phase of Viva Rapid Transit, with buses running in existing lanes, while the full implementation will provide dedicated bus-only lanes and utilize transit signal priority to save travel time. These lanes, which incorporate bicycle lanes into their design,[8] are already in use on a section of Kingston Road West in Ajax, and are under construction on Kingston Road near Pickering Town Centre.[9]

The BRT is complemented by improved DRT and GO Transit service along Taunton Road, Rossland Road, Bayly/Bloor/Victoria Streets, and Simcoe Street.[10]

A further advancement of rapid transit is now in the proposal stage; the Highway 2 BRT would eventually be replaced with light rail transit all the way east to Courtice Road in Clarington, and west into Scarborough in Toronto. It would be complemented by two further LRT lines: on Simcoe Street in Oshawa (from Bloor to Highway 407), and on Taunton Road (from Simcoe Street in Oshawa to Whites Road in Pickering). This would be augmented by further BRT on Whites Road and Brock Road in Pickering; Harwood Avenue and Salem Road in Ajax; Brock Street and Baldwin Street in Whitby; Highway 7 from the western Pickering border to Simcoe Street in Oshawa; and Taunton Road westerly beyond Whites Road into Toronto on Steeles Avenue.[11]


The following table shows DRT's fare structure as of May 1, 2018:[12]

Age Group Cash Fare Presto card
single trip
Monthly Pass 10 ride
Adult $3.75 $3.15 $117.00 $31.50
Youth (formerly Student)
13–19 years old
$3.75 $2.80 $93.50 $28.00
$2.50 $2.10 $46.00 $21.00
Aged 6–12
Aged 5 and under - Free
$2.50 $2.10 $65.00 $21.00
Access $46.00
Co-Fare* $0.80 $0.80
  • DRT Adult monthly paper passes are transferable to any individual provided the pass is not used at the same time by more than one person.
  • Access: Eligibility requirements can be found here. Not available in tickets or PRESTO.
  • Specialized Services: All DRT fares (cash, ticket, monthly pass) in all fare categories (adult, student, senior, child and Access) are valid on Specialized Services for registered clients. PRESTO not available for Specialized Services

The provincial Minister of Transportation has announced plans to introduce a unified smartcard-based payment system for the entire Greater Toronto Area called "Presto card". DRT will be a participant in this system beginning in winter 2011.

DRT fares on GO Transit busesEdit

DRT tickets, passes, and transfers are accepted on GO buses operating within Durham Region, allowing riders to freely transfer between DRT and GO buses to complete a trip within the region. Full details about this program are available at the DRT site. The following restrictions are of specific interest:

  • Riders wishing to pay cash fares for GO bus service will need to pay the regular GO fare for the applicable zones, not the DRT fare.
  • Trips on GO buses that start or terminate outside of Durham Region are charged the regular GO fare
  • Trips on GO trains are not affected by this program.

The following GO bus routes will still accept DRT tickets, passes (not on PRESTO), U-pass and transfers within the Durham Region:

  • 71 Stouffville (in the Township of Uxbridge)
  • 81 Beaverton/Port Perry/ Whitby
  • 90 Newcastle/Oshawa


DRT uses the following maintenance and operational facilities:[13]

Raleigh Division:

Address: 710 Raleigh Avenue, Oshawa
Coordinates: 43°52′57″N 78°49′43″W / 43.88250°N 78.82861°W / 43.88250; -78.82861
Opened: 1965 (original) 1980 (GO Transit expansion)
Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and servicing for DRT (GO Transit no longer operates out of this location 2012-13)

Whitby Works Satellite Division - Trentway-Wagar:

Address: 1559 Victoria Street East, Whitby
Coordinates: 43°51′51.7″N 78°54′21″W / 43.864361°N 78.90583°W / 43.864361; -78.90583
Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and repairs

Westney Division:

Address: 110 Westney Road South, Ajax
Coordinates: 43°50′43″N 79°02′28″W / 43.84528°N 79.04111°W / 43.84528; -79.04111
Opened: 1988
Facilities: bus storage, maintenance and repairs

Pickering Works Satellite Division (Discontinued Late Aug 2014)

Address: 2570 Tillings Road, Pickering
Coordinates: 43°52′26″N 79°05′33″W / 43.87389°N 79.09250°W / 43.87389; -79.09250
Facilities: Previously used for bus storage only. DRT discontinued their use of space at this location Late August 2014; buses were transferred to Westney and/or Raleigh divisions to compensate.


DRT was formed in January 2006 through an amalgamation of existing municipal transit systems in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington (Bowmanville). The systems were transferred to the regional government along with the legal authority to operate public transit in the local municipalities. This required approval by both Durham Region Council as well as four out of eight local municipal councils consisting of at least 50% of the population of the Region. The approval process took several years, with final approval for the amalgamation given by Durham Region Council on February 9, 2005. The remainder of 2005 was spent preparing for the merger. DRT assumed its responsibilities and inherited the equipment and facilities of its predecessor systems effective January 1, 2006.

On October 5, 2006, members of Local 222 began a legal strike action against DRT. All services were suspended other than those operated by Trentway-Wagar in Whitby. Limited specialized service continued via the use of contracted taxis. On October 29, a tentative settlement was announced, and full service resumed on November 3.

Previous systemsEdit

Public transit service in Durham Region has a long history prior to the creation of DRT, dating back to the 19th century. The list below shows predecessor transit systems in each municipality:






See alsoEdit

- 103 Glenanna Strouds (Rouge Hill GO Station, 38 Highland Creek, 54A/E Lawrence East (at Lawrence Avenue), 85A Sheppard East)
- 900 drt PULSE (University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 38 Highland Creek, 95 York Mills, 198 U of T Scarborough Rocket)


  1. ^ "Durham Region Transit March 2011 meeting". Durham Region Transit. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  2. ^ DRT Routes and Services
  3. ^ "Durham Region Transit Identifies Low Performing Routes for Service Adjustments". Durham Region Transit. 2007-12-03. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  4. ^ Premier of Ontario Archived 2007-07-09 at the Wayback Machine Background - MoveOntario 2020 Projects
  5. ^ Metrolinx 2nd Win Quick Win Projects
  6. ^ "DRT Introduces New drt PULSE Service to Scarborough". Region of Durham. Durham Region Transit. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. ^ "DRT Pulse Map" (PDF). Durham Region Transit. Region of Durham. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Bus-only and Bicycle Lanes". Highway 2 Transit Priority Measures Class EA and Design. Region of Durham. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Reserved Lanes". Works. Region of Durham. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  10. ^ "With the Arrival of PULSE Service, DRT and GO Transit Focus Their 'One Fare' Agreement". Region of Durham. Durham Region Transit. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  11. ^
  12. ^ DRT Fares
  13. ^ Durham Region Transit Service Strategy
  14. ^

External linksEdit

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