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New buses in Durham and Hamilton

Durham Region Transit

Hamilton Street Railway

Durham Region Transit

Yesterday (March 28), DRT unveiled 30 new fully accessible and environmentally friendly buses, costing approximately $14 million. The Province of Ontario contributed to paying this cost by sharing provincial gas tax revenue and providing $10.6 million in one-time transit vehicle funding.

The new buses include a ‘kneeling’ feature and ramps and mean more accessible routes in Durham Region. This will result in better and easier service for passengers using wheelchairs and scooters or who have difficulty boarding older buses.

Hamilton Street Railway

The HSR recently introduced 22 new lower-emission diesel buses, five diesel-electric hybrid 40-foot buses and seven diesel-electric hybrid articulated 60-foot buses into its fleet.

Adding new buses allows the HSR to retire older vehicles and increase its capacity. All the new buses will be in service by the end of April.

The hybrid articulated buses will operate on the 10 Beeline Express route. HSR crews have painted the hybrid articulated buses painted using Hamilton artist Dave Kuruc’s winning design in metallic blue, yellow and silver. A panel chose Kuruc’s design from dozens of creative submissions. His design symbolizes two of Hamilton’s major natural landmarks - Hamilton Harbour and the Niagara Escarpment. You can see an illustration of the buses wearing their new look here. The newer vehicles also have a new interior look.

The new lower-emission diesel, low-floor buses will provide full accessible low-floor service on seven HSR routes:

2 Barton

4 Bayfront

10 Beeline Express

34 Upper Paradise

55 Stoney Creek Central

58 Stoney Creek Local