Ontario Officially Opens Bus-Only Lanes in Durham Region
– Pickering, ON
Today, the province officially opened the second segment of Durham Region Transit (DRT) bus-only lanes and announced funding for the next phase of work for the proposed Durham-Scarborough bus rapid transit (BRT) project to improve public transit.
As part of the government’s Moving Ontario Forward plan, Ontario is also providing approximately $10 million to Metrolinx to work with Durham Region to advance planning, design and engineering work for the proposed BRT route between Oshawa and Scarborough. The proposed 36 km BRT route along Highway 2 would provide direct, seamless and convenient transit service between downtown Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering and the Scarborough Town Centre.
Additional work for the Durham BRT builds on Ontario’s previous investments in the Highway 2 BRT corridor. Current construction runs along Highway 2 with bus-only lanes and signal priority for buses at key intersections and is expected to be completed by 2018. The newly opened bus-only and on-road bike lanes run along Regional Highway 2 for 900 metres from west of Liverpool Rd. to Glenanna Rd., in the City of Pickering.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Investing in new transit and transportation is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
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