The Regional Municipality of Durham is improving transit service on Highway 2 with the recent opening of its first segment of bus-only lanes. Located on Kingston Road (Highway 2) between Salem Road and Harwood Avenue, the bus-only lanes are a part of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which receives a large portion of its funding from the Province of Ontario. The area also features cycling lanes along the curbside, making it safer and easier for cyclists to use Highway 2. As well, Durham Region Transit (DRT) buses that travel this road are now outfitted with GPS-based smart technology through the BRT project.
As the project develops further, the Region approved financing in the amount of $5,970,000 and a tender to KAPP Construction to build bus lanes between Westney Road and Harwood Avenue. This brings the total project budget to 11,056,068, an increase of $948,818 over the initial approved budget of 10,107,268. The additional financing is to be provided at the discretion of the Acting Director of Finance.
“This is an important project that is contributing to the growth and development within the Region of Durham,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “Once complete, DRT Pulse will get local commuters where they need to go sooner and connect people to other transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”