Preliminary Renderings for City of Oshawa Renderings have been developed to show how the corridor would look in the future with BRT.

TPAP study on Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit is underway

Metrolinx said it is working to bring a more frequent and reliable transit service to Durham Region and the City of Toronto through the proposed Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DSBRT) project.

A Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) – to study impacts and proposed mitigation strategies – commenced on October 14, 2021.

The proposed Durham-Scarborough BRT 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, said a Metrolinx statement.

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, it added.

Public information Centre

Public information centre #4 (PIC #4) will be open until November 11. We encourage you to review and share your feedback on the PIC #4 materials, and most recent preliminary design plans for each municipality. We also encourage you to use our interactive map, said a Metrolinx statement.

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.

Image of proposed Durham-Scarborough BRT route alignment.

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

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