Durham Region Transit route 900 'Highway 2'

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Route Details

DRT Pulse (route 900 Highway 2 Pulse) is Durham Region Transit's (DRT) branded bus service, and precursor to bus rapid transit, along Ontario Highway 2. Pulse operates between the downtown Oshawa courthouse at Mary Street and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. It serves the intermediate municipalities of Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering. Pulse currently runs in mixed traffic with 7.5 minute headways during peak periods. DRT will implement "conditional" transit signal priority and automatic vehicle locating systems for the BRT system.

History

Since 2007, DRT identified Highway 2 as an important corridor for rapid transit and prepared a business case for BRT along the route. On June 15, 2007, the government of Ontario announced their MoveOntario 2020 plan which committed $11.5 billion in funding 52 rapid transit projects in the GTHA. Metrolinx developed the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which became known as The Big Move, and approved it in November 2008. The Highway 2 rapid transit project was identified as a Top 15 Priority Project in The Big Move.

The Region has solicited the public input for starting the BRT project. This included open houses and a formation of a committee to discuss the Long Term Transit Strategy. This long term study identified other main corridors in the region that would support rapid transit by the year 2031. Highway 2 is estimated to reach ridership and development which would warrant an upgraded to light rail transit.

In April 2011, the Region initiated an environmental assessment. More public open houses are to take place, and a vote is being held on what to name the service. DRT unveiled four proposed names for the BRT service and four distinct logos and livery. The names to choose from are: DRT Plus, DRT MAX, DRT Rapid, and DRT Pulse. From April 4 to November 14, passengers could vote on the website. And on November 30, the Executive Committee approved the name with the most votes: DRT Pulse.

A soft launch took place on June 29, 2013. The service operates much like the GO Transit route 94 that it replaced. It makes all local stops along Highway 2 with added stops at Altona Road and Sheppard Avenue. Unlike the route 94, the route does not serve any GO stations or terminals and terminates at the University of Toronto.

In September 2013, construction began on dedicated bus lanes along Highway 2 in Ajax between Salem Road and Harwood Avenue. The westbound lane was completed by December, and the eastbound lane was completed by the summer of 2014. Construction soon followed for dedicated bus lanes in Pickering between Glenanna Road and Liverpool Road. They were completed by the end of 2015. Buffered bicycle lanes compliment all of the bus lanes.

Stops

Pulse services a number of local stops in each direction.

Stop Street Cross-street Direction Wc15.JPG Routes served Notes
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Military Trail Ellesmere Road East Wc15.JPG 51 38 95 198 923
Meadowvale Ellesmere Road Meadowvale Road East/West Wc15.JPG 95 923 Pick up eastbound and Drop off westbound
Sheppard Kingston Road Sheppard Avenue East West Wc15.JPG 92 923 Drop off only
Port Union Kingston Road Port Union Road East Wc15.JPG 92 103 923 Pick up only
Altona Kingston Road Altona Road East/West Wc15.JPG 923 110B 110B only stops on westbound side
Rougemount Kingston Road Rougemount Drive East/West Wc15.JPG 92 193 923 110B 110B only stops on westbound side
Rosebank Kingston Road Rosebank Road East/West Wc15.JPG 193 923 110B 110B only stops on westbound side
Steeple Hill Kingston Road Steeple Hill East/West Wc15.JPG 193 923 110B 110B only stops on westbound side
Whites Kingston Road Whites Road East/West Wc15.JPG 92 193 923 110B 110B only stops on westbound side
804 Kingston Road Kingston Road N/A West Wc15.JPG 193 923
817 Kingston Road Kingston Road N/A East Wc15.JPG 193 923
Fairport Kingston Road Fairport Road East/West Wc15.JPG 51 92 193 923
Dixie Kingston Road Dixie Road East/West Wc15.JPG 193 923 111A 111A only stops on westbound side
Walnut Kingston Road Walnut Lane East/West Wc15.JPG 51 92 193 923 111/111A
Liverpool Kingston Road Liverpool Road East/West Wc15.JPG 193 923 111/111A
Glenanna Kingston Road Glenanna Road East/West Wc15.JPG 92 291 292 923 923 only stops on westbound side
Valley Farm Kingston Road Valley Farm Road East/West 291 292 Accessible only on westbound side
Denmar Kingston Road Denmar Road East 291 292
Guild Kingston Road Guild Road West Wc15.JPG 291 292
Brock Road Kingston Road Brock Road East/West 92 111/111A 291 292
Southview Kingston Road Southview Drive East/West Wc15.JPG 291 292
Notion Kingston Road Notion Road East/West Wc15.JPG 291 292
Elizabeth Kingston Road Elizabeth Street East/West Wc15.JPG 291 292
Church Kingston Road Church Street East/West Wc15.JPG 92 291 292 Stop labeled as "625 Kingston Road" while travelling east
Mill Kingston Road Mill Street East/West Wc15.JPG 291 292
Westney Kingston Road Westney Road East/West Wc15.JPG 92 291 292 Important transfer to route 915 Taunton
Ritchie Kingston Road Ritchie Road/Chapman Drive East Wc15.JPG 291 292
Chapman Kingston Road Ritchie Road/Chapman Drive West Wc15.JPG 291 292
184 Kingston Road Kingston Road N/A West Wc15.JPG 291 292 Announced as "132 Kingston Road"
113 Kingston Road Kingston Road N/A East Wc15.JPG 221D 291 292
Harwood Kingston Road Harwood Avenue East/West Wc15.JPG 92 291 292 Important transfert to route 916 Rossland
84 Kingston Road Kingston Road Durham Centre West Wc15.JPG 291 292
69 Kingston Road Kingston Road Durham Centre East Wc15.JPG 291 292
Salem Kingston Road Salem Road East/West Wc15.JPG 92 225 291 292 225 only stops on eastbound side
257 Kingston Road Kingston Road N/A East Wc15.JPG 225
Wicks Kingston Road Wicks Drive East/West Wc15.JPG 225
Galea Kingston Road Galea Drive West 225/225A
Alexanders Crossing Kingston Road Alexanders Crossing East/West
Audley Kingston Road Audley Road North East/West
Lake Ridge Kingston Road Lake Ridge Road East/West
White Oaks Dundas Street White Oaks Court East/West Wc15.JPG 92 Some trips will short turn at this stop
Jeffery Dundas Street Jeffery Street East Wc15.JPG
McQuay Dundas Street McQuay Boulevard West Wc15.JPG
Wellington Dundas Street Wellington Street East/West Wc15.JPG
Cochrane Dundas Street Cochrane Street West Wc15.JPG 312
Annes Dundas Street Annes Street East Wc15.JPG
Frances Dundas Street Frances Street East Wc15.JPG
Euclid Dundas Street Euclid Street West Wc15.JPG
King Dundas Street King Street East Wc15.JPG
Byron Dundas Street Byron Street North West Wc15.JPG
Brock Street Dundas Street Brock Street East/West Wc15.JPG 92 Important connection to route 302 Brock/Brooklin
Perry Dundas Street Perry Street East Wc15.JPG
Athol Dundas Street Athol Street West Wc15.JPG
Hickory Dundas Street Hickory Street East Wc15.JPG
Pine Dundas Street Pine Street West Wc15.JPG 312
Garden Dundas Street Garden Street West Wc15.JPG 92 312
Lupin Dundas Street Lupin Drive West Wc15.JPG 92
Craydon Dundas Street Craydon Road East/West Wc15.JPG 304 312 312 only stops on westbound side
Hopkins Dundas Street Hopkins Street East Wc15.JPG 92
Anderson Dundas Street Anderson Street West Wc15.JPG 92 312
Bowman Dundas Street Bowman Avenue West Wc15.JPG 312
Glen Hill Dundas Street Glen Hill Drive East Wc15.JPG 312
Thickson Dundas Street Thickson Road East/West Wc15.JPG 92 Important connection to route 305 Thickson/Garrard
Kathleen Dundas Street Kathleen Street East/West Wc15.JPG
Kendalwood Dundas Street Kendalwood Road East Wc15.JPG
Garrard Dundas Street Garrard Street West Wc15.JPG 409
Thornton King Street Thornton Road East/West Wc15.JPG 409 Important connection to route 910 Campus Connect
Waverly King Street Waverly Road East/West Wc15.JPG
Stevenson King Street/Bond Street Stevenson Road East/West Wc15.JPG 90 92 GO 90 only stops eastbound on King Street
Gibbons King Street/Bond Street Gibbons Street East/West Wc15.JPG
Park Bond Street Park Street North West Wc15.JPG 90 92
Warren King Street Warren Avenue East Wc15.JPG 90 92 402/402B 405 411
Midtown King Street Midtown Drive East Wc15.JPG 402/402B 405 411
Arena Bond Street Arena Street West Wc15.JPG 402/402B 405 411
Centre King Street/Bond Street Centre Street East/West Wc15.JPG 90 92 402/402B 405 411
Simcoe King Street/Bond Street Simcoe East/West Wc15.JPG 90 402/402B 405 411
Bond Mary Street Bond Street North Wc15.JPG

Fleet

Pulse is operated with 26 specially branded and appointed buses that are stored at the upgraded Westney facility in Ajax. DRT purchased the buses through the 2012 option of the Metrolinx Transit Purchasing Co-operative which would allow for delivery of the buses in the summer of 2012.

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Seating Division Notes
8601-8626 Durham Region Transit 8626-a.jpg 2013 NFI XD40
Wc15.JPG
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5 Luminator Horizon 36 4ONE Aries Ralleigh

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Current 5100-5102 6100-6112 6113-6116 7100-7103 8401-8430 8431-8445 8446-8459 8460-8470 8471-8473 8501-8515 8516-8523 8524-8535 8536-8543 8544-8547 8551-8553 8554-8559 8560-8565 8566-8578 8579-8598 8601-8626 8855-8856 8975 8976-8977 8978 8979-8980 8981 9100-9105
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Frequent PULSE 900 901 902 915 916
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