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Progress in Durham

Each day about one million car trips are made to and from Durham Region. If it feels to you like traffic is getting worse, you’re right. Durham Region is growing. In fact, the population is projected to grow by more than 50 per cent by 2031.

Metrolinx is investing in Durham Region to improve access to transit and help create an integrated transportation system for all in the GTHA.

Transit Connecting the Region

DRT Pulse BRT service on Highway 2

Beginning in June 2013, DRT Pulse launched enhanced BRT service along Highway 2 from the University of Toronto campus on Military Trail in Scarborough to Downtown Oshawa. DRT Pulse enhanced bus service was made possible through $82.3 million in Metrolinx Quick Wins funding. 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.

Expansion of GO Services

GO Transit is improving access to transit by expanding parking at GO Stations in Durham Region, making it easier for you to Get on the GO!

Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility

A new rail maintenance facility in Whitby is a critical piece to support the continued expansion of GO Transit.

This facility is an important investment in support of The Big Move and bringing two-way, all-day GO train service to more residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Preliminary work started in summer 2012. The facility is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2017. It will include 18 storage tracks, maintenance bays, a fuelling station, washing buildings and offices. Learn more at gotransit.com.

Union Station Revitalization

Canada’s busiest transportation hub will gain vastly expanded concourses, new PATH connections, and a second subway platform to provide better passenger circulation and room for further ridership growth, in addition to a new glass train shed. In parallel to the work Metrolinx is doing, the City of Toronto is undertaking a major revitalization project to the portions of Union Station owned by them. The Union Station upgrades will be completed in 2016. Learn more at gotransit.com/unionstation.

More infrastructure to support future growth

Currently, Metrolinx has more than 200 projects in progress that will accommodate service enhancements and lay the foundations for future projects. What might seem like a ‘small’ project actually has significant connections to a much larger strategic vision, and will lead to big change for all residents – transit-users, motorists and cyclists alike.

  • Clarington North Park & Ride
  • New Pickering GO Station Building
  • New Whitby GO Station Building
  • Newcastle Park & Ride
  • Pedestrian bridge at Pickering GO Station
  • Pedestrian bridge at Whitby GO Station