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Have your say about the future of DRT:
Open houses, October 29, November 2, 5, 14

Durham Region Transit and the Region of Durham are hosting four open houses on their long-term transit strategy.

At the events in Uxbridge, Bowmanville (Clarington), Whitby and Ajax, DRT and Region staff will present information on the strategy — including options for future rapid transit lines, listen to your ideas and answer your questions.

Let them know what you think about:

  • How transit in Durham Region should change and expand as the Region grows;
  • How transit should operate in 25 years;
  • What transit options DRT should consider as priorities in planning for the future.

The open houses take place:


Thursday, October 29, from 6 until 9 p.m.

Uxbridge Community Centre (Arena),
291 Brock Street West.

Bowmanville (Clarington)

Monday, November 2, from 4 until 8 p.m.

Garnet Rickard Centre,
2440 King Street West (Regional Highway 2).


Thursday November 5, from 2 until 7 p.m.

Whitby Civic Recreation Complex,
555 Rossland Road East.


Saturday November 14, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Ajax Community Centre
75 Centennial Road.

DRT held its first set of long-term transit strategy open houses in March. Staff have since used the information, suggestions and ideas that you offered during those events to refine their presentation and recommendations for this series of events.

Since the March meetings, a team of Region and DRT staff and consultants have evaluated a number of corridors to determine whether they could serve as rapid transit corridors. They are still considering what mode or technology to use for rapid transit in Durham, including light rail transit, bus rapid transit, subway and monorail.

Some of these technologies require vehicles that operate on an exclusive right-of-way, some require vehicles that operate along an exclusive median or curb lane, and others require vehicles separated from traffic in other ways.

The team also evaluated 14 north-south corridors and six east-west corridors to determine if: - the corridors met provincial and regional goals for land use development; - they served major points that attract transit passengers; - they connected to other rapid transit systems; - no physical barriers prevented future rapid transit; and - how many passengers would likely use rapid transit along the corridors in the future.

You can find out more about the long-term transit strategy here.

You can read the latest newsletter about the strategy here. (.pdf)