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Durham Region Transit has published it's December (Christmas) Updates

Most notable

Route 905 will see service reduction - 30 min frequency to Harmony Terminal and Uxbridge
Route 917 will also see service reduction - 30 min frequency between Oshawa Ctr Terminal and Whitby GO.

December 2022 Holiday Schedule 

Date

Holiday

Service level

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Christmas Eve

Saturday schedule

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas Day

Special schedule

Monday, December 26, 2022

Boxing Day

Sunday schedule

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

N/A

Saturday schedule

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

N/A

Saturday schedule

Thursday, December 29, 2022

N/A

Saturday schedule

Friday, December 30, 2022

N/A

Saturday schedule

Saturday, December 31, 2022

N/A

Saturday schedule

Sunday, January 1, 2023

New Year's Day

Sunday schedule

December 25, 2022 - Christmas Day:

A special schedule will operate on Sunday, December 25, 2022:

Scheduled Service

Routes 902, 915, 916: Will operate hourly between approximately 9:30 – 17:30
Routes N1/N2: Will operate all day (24 hours) every 30 minutes
Click here to see the December 25, 2022 schedule

On Demand

Urban areas: Overnight On Demand will operate all day (24 hours)
Rural areas: Rural On Demand will operate on a Sunday schedule between 7:00 – 21:00

December 31, 2022 - New Year’s Eve:

Regular overnight service will operate.
Ride free after 19:00 on December 31, 2022

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Lots of new DRT Service Changes coming in January. Ridership on weekdays is at 75% pre-pandemic. There have been some difficulties by those still relying on OnDemand (Like myself in Newcastle) where booking a trip in the evening resulted in no rides being available. It appears these issues were related to buses being considered "full" by the computer, when in reality there may be multiple seats available. These scheduling issues with their back end should be fixed come January. Rural Clarington into Bowmanville (Including Newcastle) is the busiest OnDemand service. 

TEC Agenda: https://pub-durhamregion.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=13935ba8-c745-4e18-89db-21eaee6723f3&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English

Changes Effective January 2nd 2023

103 (Glenanna) - Peak Period Service extended to service Finch Avenue and Altona Road area

112 (Brock) - Peak Period Service extended to service Taunton Road and Burkholder Drive, DRT's first scheduled service in Seaton.

222 (Audley South) - Service frequency reduction from 30 minutes to every 45 minutes

392B (Whitby Shores) - Additional trips, service to operate every 30 minutes in midday between Whitby Station and Ontario Shores. 

410 (Olive Harmony) - Service altered to use Centre Street/Simcoe Street and Olive Avenue like the 423. Service will be removed on Celena, and Albert

411 (South Courtice) - Current School Trippers (411T) to be renumbered 411C via Avondale

423 (Townline/Adelaide) - Service to operate every 30 minutes all day

502 (North Bowmanville) - Weekday Service extended to 23:45 from 19:00. New weekend service between 9:30 and 19:30.

PULSE 900 - Service to Scarborough reduced (yet again) to every 30 minutes 

PULSE 901 - (Big service cut) Service to each terminus to operate every 30 minutes. Windfields every 30, OC every 30 and Lakeview Park every 30. Alternating between buses terminating at Durham College

905A (Thickson) - Additional Midday services on 905A from Whitby GO to Harmony Terminal

PULSE 915 - Service Reduced weekdays from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes

PULSE 916 - Additional Evening Trip added

917 (Bayly Consumers) - Service on 917B resumes

920 (Route 920) - Revised routing in Oshawa to serve growing markets. Now operating on Stevenson Road North, and Conlins Road West.

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1 hour ago, J. Hollingsworth said:

Lots of new DRT Service Changes coming in January. Ridership on weekdays is at 75% pre-pandemic. There have been some difficulties by those still relying on OnDemand (Like myself in Newcastle) where booking a trip in the evening resulted in no rides being available. It appears these issues were related to buses being considered "full" by the computer, when in reality there may be multiple seats available. These scheduling issues with their back end should be fixed come January. Rural Clarington into Bowmanville (Including Newcastle) is the busiest OnDemand service. 

TEC Agenda: https://pub-durhamregion.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=13935ba8-c745-4e18-89db-21eaee6723f3&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English

Changes Effective January 2nd 2023

103 (Glenanna) - Peak Period Service extended to service Finch Avenue and Altona Road area

112 (Brock) - Peak Period Service extended to service Taunton Road and Burkholder Drive, DRT's first scheduled service in Seaton.

222 (Audley South) - Service frequency reduction from 30 minutes to every 45 minutes

392B (Whitby Shores) - Additional trips, service to operate every 30 minutes in midday between Whitby Station and Ontario Shores. 

410 (Olive Harmony) - Service altered to use Centre Street/Simcoe Street and Olive Avenue like the 423. Service will be removed on Celena, and Albert

411 (South Courtice) - Current School Trippers (411T) to be renumbered 411C via Avondale

423 (Townline/Adelaide) - Service to operate every 30 minutes all day

502 (North Bowmanville) - Weekday Service extended to 23:45 from 19:00. New weekend service between 9:30 and 19:30.

PULSE 900 - Service to Scarborough reduced (yet again) to every 30 minutes 

PULSE 901 - (Big service cut) Service to each terminus to operate every 30 minutes. Windfields every 30, OC every 30 and Lakeview Park every 30. Alternating between buses terminating at Durham College

905A (Thickson) - Additional Midday services on 905A from Whitby GO to Harmony Terminal

PULSE 915 - Service Reduced weekdays from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes

PULSE 916 - Additional Evening Trip added

917 (Bayly Consumers) - Service on 917B resumes

920 (Route 920) - Revised routing in Oshawa to serve growing markets. Now operating on Stevenson Road North, and Conlins Road West.

Why would service be cut to areas where Post Secondary students need it the most? 901 regularly gets packed, same with the other PULSE routes...

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2 hours ago, J. Hollingsworth said:

Lots of new DRT Service Changes coming in January. Ridership on weekdays is at 75% pre-pandemic. There have been some difficulties by those still relying on OnDemand (Like myself in Newcastle) where booking a trip in the evening resulted in no rides being available. It appears these issues were related to buses being considered "full" by the computer, when in reality there may be multiple seats available. These scheduling issues with their back end should be fixed come January. Rural Clarington into Bowmanville (Including Newcastle) is the busiest OnDemand service. 

TEC Agenda: https://pub-durhamregion.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=13935ba8-c745-4e18-89db-21eaee6723f3&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English

Changes Effective January 2nd 2023

103 (Glenanna) - Peak Period Service extended to service Finch Avenue and Altona Road area

112 (Brock) - Peak Period Service extended to service Taunton Road and Burkholder Drive, DRT's first scheduled service in Seaton.

222 (Audley South) - Service frequency reduction from 30 minutes to every 45 minutes

392B (Whitby Shores) - Additional trips, service to operate every 30 minutes in midday between Whitby Station and Ontario Shores. 

410 (Olive Harmony) - Service altered to use Centre Street/Simcoe Street and Olive Avenue like the 423. Service will be removed on Celena, and Albert

411 (South Courtice) - Current School Trippers (411T) to be renumbered 411C via Avondale

423 (Townline/Adelaide) - Service to operate every 30 minutes all day

502 (North Bowmanville) - Weekday Service extended to 23:45 from 19:00. New weekend service between 9:30 and 19:30.

PULSE 900 - Service to Scarborough reduced (yet again) to every 30 minutes 

PULSE 901 - (Big service cut) Service to each terminus to operate every 30 minutes. Windfields every 30, OC every 30 and Lakeview Park every 30. Alternating between buses terminating at Durham College

905A (Thickson) - Additional Midday services on 905A from Whitby GO to Harmony Terminal

PULSE 915 - Service Reduced weekdays from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes

PULSE 916 - Additional Evening Trip added

917 (Bayly Consumers) - Service on 917B resumes

920 (Route 920) - Revised routing in Oshawa to serve growing markets. Now operating on Stevenson Road North, and Conlins Road West.

Nice to see Seaton area start to get service...eventually with a connection to Cornell (hopefully)

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On 12/2/2022 at 1:26 PM, Gamer Studios said:

Why would service be cut to areas where Post Secondary students need it the most? 901 regularly gets packed, same with the other PULSE routes...

Not just that, but I wished that the OnDemand service should expand to all areas where a fixed service used to be offered (for example, the 225 Audley North which was "abandoned" since June 2020).

In other news, one of the DRT Novabus Hybrids have since been expanded to other routes. If I recall from my sightings today,  6121 is doing the 291S in Ajax (when it enters the Ajax Walmart).

Aside from those news, I'm waiting patiently for DRT to accept credit/debit payments (plus mobile wallets) to pay for fares.

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14 hours ago, FutureHeartsJunkie said:

Aside from those news, I'm waiting patiently for DRT to accept credit/debit payments (plus mobile wallets) to pay for fares.

They are waiting for mobile devices that can accept Debit/Credit while in an OnDemand/Specialized ride

Delibery of these devices began in early November, and I’ve began seeing these in use last week in Clarington.

This is the same reason York Region Transit doesn’t yet accept Debit/Credit

Hopefully with these new device arriving, the functionality can be enabled in a few weeks or a couple months!

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2 hours ago, blue.bird.fan said:

Does anyone know if DRT still operates the on-demand service between Orillia and Beaverton? I was planning on making a large loop through there, by taking GO to Barrie, LINX to Orillia, and then GO back from Beaverton.

Hmmmm, not completely sure. I haven't personally tried this service myself (as I'm not from North Durham Region but live in the southern part) - however, such a service had quietly discontinued likely due to the pandemic.

If anyone who knows any insight about the service and to verify if my  facts are correct, please advise.

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2 hours ago, blue.bird.fan said:

Does anyone know if DRT still operates the on-demand service between Orillia and Beaverton? I was planning on making a large loop through there, by taking GO to Barrie, LINX to Orillia, and then GO back from Beaverton.

DRT hasn’t operated this service since COVID, no plans to return it, or the service to Lindsay. 
 

When the 960 was discontinued during covid, on demand service was extended to Mount Albert in York Region, but this was also quietly discontinued, despite STILL being listed on their website

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DRT appears to be changing its into announcement system voice once again.

This will be the third change in the voice since the systems implementation in 2016.

In October, this voice was found on the exterior announcements of the 917B, 905B, and 392.

Just today the next stop phrase is said in that’s same voice, followed by the actual stop announcements being said in current “Tracy” voice.

ill try to attach a link to two videos I took showing the exterior, and “next stop” announcement. File is too large for here

 

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DRT just posted new updates (effective Jan 2, 2023) - link: https://www.durhamregiontransit.com/Modules/News/index.aspx?feedId=fcda21e8-a0d7-4bbe-9955-c4e9163cc1fd&newsId=f0bb22dd-a667-4863-a320-652a7a73b398

 

Affected route

Change(s)

103

Monday to Friday:

  • AM and PM peak routing will be extended to the Finch and Altona area. 
  • To improve connections with the GO Train, trips departing Pickering Parkway Terminal between 17:05 and 19:05 will depart 10 minutes earlier.

112

Monday to Friday:

  • AM and PM peak routing will be extended to the Taunton and Burkholder area of Seaton.  The routing is temporary and will be updated as additional arterial roadways open.

211

Monday to Friday:

  • To improve connections with the GO Train, the 6:11 trip from Ravenscroft towards Ajax Station will depart at 06:00.

222

Monday to Friday:

  • Updated travel times have been implemented to reflect increased road congestion.  As a result, trips will now operate every 45 minutes.

291

Monday to Friday:

  • Trips will depart 45 minutes earlier.

302

Monday to Friday:

  • Trips towards Whitby Station will end one hour later from North Campus.  
  • Trips towards North Campus will end a half hour later.

392

Monday to Friday:

  • Route will now operate every 30 minutes, from early morning to evening between Whitby Station and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  

410

Monday to Sunday:

  • Route will travel via Centre Street / Fairbanks Street and Simcoe Street, instead of Celina and Albert Streets, following the same routing as the 423.  

411

Monday to Friday:

  • Trips departing Oshawa Centre Terminal at 07:18 and 13:51 will operate as 411C trips, serving Avondale Drive.
  • Service towards Farewell/Raleigh will end one hour later. 

423

Monday to Friday:

  • Will now operate every 30 minutes continuously from early morning to evening.  

502

Monday to Friday:

  • New evening service extended to 23:00.
  • Routing in the Clarington Centre area has been modified to operate via Green Road and Stevens Road, instead of Boswell Drive and Brookhill Boulevard. 

Saturday and Sunday:

  • New service will operate from 09:30 to 19:30.

PULSE 900

Monday to Friday:

  • Trips to and from Scarborough will operate every 30 minutes. 
  • 10-minute frequency will be available between Glenanna Road and downtown Oshawa.

PULSE 901

Monday to Friday:

  • Updated travel times have been implemented to reflect increased road congestion.
  • Updates to the weekday schedule:
    • Departures from the Oshawa Centre Terminal every 30 minutes.
    • Departures from Lakeview every 30 minutes.
    • Departures from Windfields Farm every 30 minutes.
    • Additional trips will operate between downtown Oshawa and North Campus reflecting the higher demand along this part of the route.

905

Monday to Friday:

  • Additional trips will operate during the midday between Whitby Station and Harmony Terminal. 
  • Trips will now operate every 15 minutes between Whitby Station and Simcoe Street and Brittania Avenue

PULSE 915

Monday to Friday:

  • Updated travel times have been implemented to reflect increased road congestion. As a result, trips will operate every 20 minutes between 6:00 and 20:00 and every 30 minutes after 20:00. 
  • Trips towards Harmony Terminal will now begin at 03:45. 
  • Trips towards Ajax Station will end at 23:30. 

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Service will operate every 20 minutes between 11:00 and 18:00, and every 30 minutes after 18:00. 
  • Trips towards Ajax Station will end at 23:00.

PULSE 916

Monday to Friday:

  • Service towards Harmony Terminal will end later at 22:25. 

917

Monday to Friday:

  • Additional trips to operate between Whitby Station and Oshawa Centre Terminal at certain high demand times.

Monday to Sunday:

  • Scheduled departure times have been adjusted.

920

Monday to Friday:

  • To improve reliability, the route will now temporarily use Stevenson Road and Conlin Road, between Taunton Road and Thornton Road and Conlin Road and Simcoe Street.
  • Upon completion of construction, the 920 will operate via Thickson Road and Conlin Road.  

 

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Quick glance at fleet allotment (since the Wiki isn't updated) in case anyone is curious

Raleigh
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Conventional LFS's: 6105-6117, 8551-8569, 8579-8589
Conventional Xcelsiors: 8507-8511, 8516-8522
PULSE LFS's: 7111-7114 (they lost 7115-7117 to Westney for PULSE 915 and PULSE 916/916C)
PULSE XD40s: 8601-8610 (they lost 8611-8613 to Westney for PULSE 915 and PULSE 916/916C)
PULSE LFSAs: 9101-9107

 

Westney
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Conventional LFS: 6100-6104, 6118-6119
Conventional LFS HEVs: 6120-6130
Conventional XD40s: 8502, 8504-8506, 8524-8532, 8539-8547
PULSE XD40s: 8611-8626 
PULSE LFSs: 7100-7110, 7115-7122
D40LF: 8470 and 8473


Whitby
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Conventional LFS's: 8570-8578
Conventional XD40s: 8501 (Broken Tracker), 8503-8504, 8512-8515, 8523, 8534-8538 (8533 retired due to a accident)
D40LF: 8471-8472

 

Voyago (the contractor for DRT On-Demand) uses a cutaway #2254 for Bowmanville/Newcastle On-Demand operations. Photo by Richard Oldfield
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3 hours ago, Gamer Studios said:

Quick glance at fleet allotment (since the Wiki isn't updated) in case anyone is curious

Raleigh
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Conventional LFS's: 6105-6117, 8551-8569, 8579-8589
Conventional Xcelsiors: 8507-8511, 8516-8522
PULSE LFS's: 7111-7114 (they lost 7115-7117 to Westney for PULSE 915 and PULSE 916/916C)
PULSE XD40s: 8601-8610 (they lost 8611-8613 to Westney for PULSE 915 and PULSE 916/916C)
PULSE LFSAs: 9101-9107

 

Westney
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Conventional LFS: 6100-6104, 6118-6119
Conventional LFS HEVs: 6120-6130
Conventional XD40s: 8502, 8504-8506, 8524-8532, 8539-8547
PULSE XD40s: 8611-8626 
PULSE LFSs: 7100-7110, 7115-7122
D40LF: 8470 and 8473


Whitby
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Conventional LFS's: 8570-8578
Conventional XD40s: 8501 (Broken Tracker), 8503-8504, 8512-8515, 8523, 8534-8538 (8533 retired due to a accident)
D40LF: 8471-8472

 

Voyago (the contractor for DRT On-Demand) uses a cutaway #2254 for Bowmanville/Newcastle On-Demand operations. Photo by Richard Oldfield
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Interesting. DRT on-demand seems to be operated by both DRT and Voyago depending on the area... I know someone from the OTEG Facebook group got a Voyago Toyota Camry sedan numbered 3007. However, I believe DRT may operate the service in the urban areas. I'm not sure, could someone clarify?

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5 hours ago, blue.bird.fan said:

Interesting. DRT on-demand seems to be operated by both DRT and Voyago depending on the area... I know someone from the OTEG Facebook group got a Voyago Toyota Camry sedan numbered 3007. However, I believe DRT may operate the service in the urban areas. I'm not sure, could someone clarify?

DRT a provides about 25% of the service.

DRT mainly provides specialized service trips, using cutaways and Promasters

Voyago is a mix between specialized and OnDemand, using accessible vans, sedans and now that cutaway between Newcastle and Bowmanville, of which there were four passengers (myself included) on a trip from Newcastle to Bowmanville at 5pm last night; not bad.

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21 minutes ago, 2044 said:

Is DRT on a special schedule until the new year? Notice a bunch of local routes don't seem to be running today, and On Demand isn't available in those service areas either.

Yeah so… that’s a bit of a mishap it seems.

Voyago (OnDemand and Specialized) is running like it’s a weekday, this includes using the cutaway van in Newcastle.

this is great, aside from the fact that DRT is running on a Saturday schedule, but OnDemand has not been set correctly to fill in the gaps where regular routes aren’t 

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10 hours ago, J. Hollingsworth said:

DRT a provides about 25% of the service.

DRT mainly provides specialized service trips, using cutaways and Promasters

Voyago is a mix between specialized and OnDemand, using accessible vans, sedans and now that cutaway between Newcastle and Bowmanville, of which there were four passengers (myself included) on a trip from Newcastle to Bowmanville at 5pm last night; not bad.

From what I know, it seems to be busier than the YRT on-demand service.

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17 minutes ago, blue.bird.fan said:

From what I know, it seems to be busier than the YRT on-demand service.

...again different areas has different needs

2 hours ago, J. Hollingsworth said:

Yeah so… that’s a bit of a mishap it seems.

Voyago (OnDemand and Specialized) is running like it’s a weekday, this includes using the cutaway van in Newcastle.

this is great, aside from the fact that DRT is running on a Saturday schedule, but OnDemand has not been set correctly to fill in the gaps where regular routes aren’t 

DRT is stuck on Saturday/Sunday level service until the new years...

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20 hours ago, J. Hollingsworth said:

Yeah so… that’s a bit of a mishap it seems.

Voyago (OnDemand and Specialized) is running like it’s a weekday, this includes using the cutaway van in Newcastle.

this is great, aside from the fact that DRT is running on a Saturday schedule, but OnDemand has not been set correctly to fill in the gaps where regular routes aren’t 

Looks like whoever’s in charge is on holiday. Must be nice. They still haven’t fixed the app.

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