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DRT introducing overnight service, new regional route

DRT works to eliminate travel barriers between Durham and Toronto

Durham Region Transit (DRT) will be introducing service changes, including an overnight service, and a new regional route, beginning Sept. 7, 2021.

The service enhancements include, for the first time, an overnight network in Durham. Route N1 Blue Night service will connect Harmony Terminal in Oshawa with Centennial Circle in Scarborough, travelling along the Highway 2, Simcoe Street, and Taunton Road corridors.

It will connect with the TTC Blue Night Network in Scarborough, providing residents with greater travel options.

On Demand will be available throughout the urban area with connections to Route N1.

Regional Chair John Henry says connecting Durham residents to other municipalities through safe and reliable transit at any time of day is “vital to our growing communities.”

“The Blue Night service will provide greater mobility options for residents who are travelling to popular destinations, or for those who are simply travelling to or from work,” says Henry.

“This service is beneficial to our growing community.”

DRT will also be further enhancing mobility between Durham Region and Scarborough with the introduction of regional Route 920, between the McCowan Station in Scarborough and Simcoe/Conlin, serving major destinations such as Centennial College Progress Campus, Ontario Tech University, Durham College, and the Amazon Fulfillment Centre in Ajax.

DRT General Manager Bill Holmes says DRT is working hard to eliminate barriers between Durham and Toronto.

“We are excited to offer more customers a one seat, one fare ride between new locations in Scarborough and key destinations in the region,” says Holmes.

Residents will also be able to access new Route 392 serving the Dundas corridor, west Whitby and Whitby Shores, providing access to Lakeridge Health Whitby, Durham Region Headquarters, Oshawa Centre, Ontario Shores, and the Abilities Centre.

Other changes include a new Route 411 in south Courtice, and later service on the Simcoe Corridor seven days a week.

Shaun Collier, Ajax Mayor and chair of the Transit Executive Committee, says, “I’m excited to see that we continue to enhance service and provide customers with improved access to key destinations across the region and into Scarborough.”