Backgrounder:  Canada and Ontario invest in modern public transit and active transportation infrastructure for residents of Durham Region


Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in modern public transit and active transportation infrastructure for residents of Durham Region

Joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support 11 public transit projects in the Durham Region. These investments will support more accessible and sustainable public transit and active transportation for communities.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $45.3 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS). The Government of Ontario is providing over $37.7 million, while The Regional Municipality of Durham is contributing more than $43.2 million in total toward these projects*.

Project Information:

Project Name Project Details Federal Funding Provincial Funding Municipal Funding
Detailed Design and Construction of Bus Rapid Transit Lanes in the Town of Ajax, Town of Whitby and the City of Oshawa

The design and construction of Bus Rapid Transit lanes with active transportation corridors on Kingston Road in the Town of Ajax, Dundas Street in the Town of Whitby, and downtown Oshawa. New cycling lanes and multi-use paths will connect to the transit stations along the corridors, providing residents with more options for accessing the transit system.




Implementation of the Simcoe Street Rapid Transit Corridor in the City of Oshawa

The implementation of a 10 kilometre north-south bus rapid transit (BRT) service through Oshawa that will run along Simcoe Street from Royal Street north to Highway 407. The project will include eight new conventional buses, new bus shelters and traffic signal upgrades that will improve service reliability along the transit corridor. An assessment will also be conducted to evaluate future rapid transit solutions for the Simcoe Street corridor.




Durham Region Transit Conventional Service Bus Replacement

Replacement of 11 conventional buses with the region's first hybrid electric buses. The new vehicles will reduce emissions and fuel costs while providing transit users with a modern, safe, and efficient transit system.




Bus Stop Infrastructure Safety and Accessibility Improvements

The resurfacing of unpaved bus stops will ensure that they are fully accessible, while the installation of accessible bus shelters with solar lighting will improve the safety and comfort of transit users.




Durham Region Transit Conventional Bus Rapid Transit Service Bus Replacement

Purchase of 13 buses, 40 feet long, to replace the older vehicles in the PULSE rapid transit fleet. Equipped with fare payment collection technology, the new vehicles will provide transit users with a modern, safe and efficient fleet.




Demolition and New Construction of Durham Region Transit Operations Building

The construction of a new 7,500 square-foot transit operations building that meets accessibility and energy efficiency standards will result in a higher quality public transit system.




Durham Region Transit On Demand Service Bus Replacement

Replacement of 16 mini buses used for On Demand and specialized transit services. The new vehicles will ensure the continued operation of a modern, safe and efficient transit fleet.




Durham Region Transit Articulated Bus Rapid Transit Expansion

Purchase of two articulated buses for the region's PULSE rapid transit fleet to provide increased capacity along the high-volume bus rapid transit corridor.




Transit Operator Protective Shields

The installation of protective shields on Durham’s public transit bus fleet will provide a physical barrier between customers and transit vehicle operators, resulting in improved safety for operators and transit users.




On-Board Destination Sign Upgrades

The replacement of on-board destination signs on the Durham Region Transit bus fleet:  bigger and brighter signs with Wi-Fi enabled digital controls to improve accessibility and visibility of destinations for customers.




Advanced Fuel and Fluid Management System

The installation of a fuel and fluid data collection system that will improve the performance of the bus fleet. Sensors that track fuel and fluid consumption levels will be installed on the fleet vehicles and tracked by the new central monitoring system which will improve the quality and safety of the public transit system.




*The federal and provincial governments are each contributing the maximum share of eligible costs for these projects, which are 40% and 33.33% respectively as per the requirements of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Bilateral Agreement. Contributions from recipients may include both eligible and ineligible costs. Ineligible costs are expenditures that municipalities have chosen not to request reimbursement for or that cannot be reimbursed (e.g., property purchases, overhead costs). Cost sharing may differ depending on recipient.

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