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Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit

Update – April 18, 2022

The Environmental Project Report (EPR) was available for review for a 30-day review period from January 21, 2022 to February 22, 2022. On March 28, 2022, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued a Notice to Proceed with the transit project in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08. As the final step of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP), Metrolinx and Durham Region have issued a Statement of Completion in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08.

More information is available on our Environmental Assessment webpage

Project Overview

Welcome to our online engagement platform for the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DSBRT) project.

The proposed DSBRT line consists of 36 kilometres of bus rapid transit that would serve Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering and Scarborough. Improved transit along Highway 2 across the Toronto and Durham boundary would link communities, employment, schools and other major destinations in the Region.

The proposed project aims to create seamless connections with local transit networks, providing the residents of Durham Region and the City of Toronto more flexibility and choice to get where they need to go, faster and more reliably.

The DSBRT project was assessed under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08. On March 28, 2022, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued a Notice to Proceed with the transit project. As the final step of the TPAP, Metrolinx and Durham Region have issued a Statement of Completion. More information is available on our Environmental Assesment webpage

 

 

 

With rapid growth in this Region over the past decade, and an expectation for this growth to continue in the future – with approximately 215,000 residents and 66,000 jobs anticipated by 2041 – travel demand along the corridor will continue to increase.

As the population grows, so will traffic and congestion. Bus rapid transit provides an alternative to car use, reducing traffic congestion, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

Bus Rapid Transit was identified as the preferred transit technology to link Durham Region and the City of Toronto through the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit Initial Business Case (IBC), and was identified in the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan.

Metrolinx is working with Durham Region, Durham Region Transit (DRT), City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on the planning and design of this rapid transit corridor.

infographic displaying key facts about the DSBRT. 19 stop locations are proposed: the City of Toronto will have 14 stops, the City of Pickering will have 10 stops, the Town of Ajax will have 9 stops, the Town of Whitby will have 10 stops and the City of Oshawa will have 6 stops. Stop spacing will average at 730 meters.

 Image of 49 proposed stops on the Durham-Scarborough BRT route alignment.


What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Dedicated Lanes for buses, where feasible, resulting in shorter travel times and more reliable transit service.

Frequent Service with a bus every 5 minutes or less during peak hours.

Smart Signals on Highway 2 are already installed and will adapt to support smoother traffic flow for all commutes - on buses, in personal vehicles, and on bicycles.

Better Connections: TTC, DRT and GO Transit routes can use the dedicated lanes and share the same stops, making it easier to travel throughout the region.

Reliable Service with buses that are separated from general traffic in most areas.

Key Facts

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36 Kilometers

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85% Reduction in average bus delays

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49 Proposed Stops

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162 kilotonnes of CO2 reduced

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Two-way service every five minutes

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$686 million in economic benefits

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38,400 expected daily ridership by 2041

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208 Fewer Traffic Related Injuries

Project Timeline

Image of project lifecycle with timelines, ending in 2022. Key deliverables for the current period include planning for the Transit Project Assessment Process and Environmental Project Report and Preliminary Design Business Case.

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