Feb 7, 2008

Just a few items

Durham Region Transit officials were on hand at Scugog council chambers explaining that transit service in Scugog, Uxbridge and north Oshawa has been a runaway success. On the Route 950, monthly ridership is now at about 2,000 passengers.

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.


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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.


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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..


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