Scugog Mayor Marilyn Pearce, questioned David Gooding, DRT's manager of transit operations about adding a stop to the Route 950 at the SmartCentres (Wal-Mart) plaza. Mr. Gooding pointed out the problems of the lack of space to turn a bus around and the route having to double back.
"That will be a future transit hub," she stressed. She is looking after the future of transit in her Township. Glad to see the Mayor, willing to fight for transit. That is a better response that we get from our politicians in the south of Durham Region.
One of the things that resulted in DRT’s budget short fall, was the local DRT/GO co-fare agreement, allowing customers traveling on DRT buses to board GO Transit buses with a pre-paid DRT ticket, pass or transfer, turned out more successful than anticipated. Guess what? Ridership on GO buses, through the agreement with DRT, jumped by 33 per cent in 2007.
All of the Durham Region's departments have met their 2008 budget guidelines set by council. Although some councillors have expressed concerns over recent DRT route reductions, the committee endorsed a budget that included continuing with those reductions..