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The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. Click on the icons below to learn more.
We're working on a plan to transform the way the region moves
Bus rapid transit was identified as the preferred transit technology to link Durham and Scarborough through the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan, and the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit Initial Business Case.
Part of the plan is to bring more frequent and reliable transit service to Durham Region and the City of Toronto, through the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit project. The proposed bus rapid transit project builds on the existing PULSE service along Highway 2 in Durham Region and Ellesmere Road in the City of Toronto.
Metrolinx is working with Durham Region, Durham Region Transit, City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission on the planning and design of this rapid transit corridor.
With rapid growth in the past decade, and an expectation for this growth to continue into the future, travel demand along the corridor will continue to increase and higher capacity transit will be needed to link communities and employment on both sides of the Toronto-Durham boundary.
What is bus rapid transit?
...for buses, where feasible, resulting in shorter travel times and more reliable transit service
...with a bus every 5 minutes or less during peak hours
...on Highway 2 are already installed and will adapt to support smoother traffic flow for all commutes-on buses, in personal vehicles, and on bicycles
...TTC, DRT and GO Transit routes can use the dedicated lanes and share the same stops, making it easier to travel throughout the region
...with buses that are separated from general traffic in most areas
Connections, Growth & Environment
The Durham-Scarborough BRT would create connections, support anticipated population growth, and help improve the environment.
The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit corridor proposes approximately 36 kilometres of bus rapid transit infrastructure along Highway 2 and Ellesmere Road connecting downtown Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering and Scarborough. The corridor will improve connections between TTC, DRT and GO Transit services, allowing transit riders to get where they are going faster than before.
The corridor is expected to grow by approximately 215,000 residents and 66,000 jobs by 2041. Higher capacity transit is needed to strengthen connections between communities and employment in Durham Region and the City of Toronto.
As the population grows, so will traffic and congestion. Rapid transit provides an alternative to car use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. Since many rapid transit trips start and end with an active mode of transportation, the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit project will help to improve the environment and our health.
Data from air quality monitoring stations was examined to determine existing conditions and the location of sensitive receptors. The existing conditions review is underway.
Air emissions that will be assessed include: CO, NO2, SO2, VOCs, PM2.5, PAH, GHG
Examples of sensitive receptors include:
• Place of residence
• Child care facility
• Health care facility
• Senior citizen’s residence
• Long-term care
Next, modelling will be conducted to determine air quality levels at sensitive receptor locations. Future ‘with BRT’ and ‘without BRT’ scenarios will be modelled.
Potential construction impacts include:
• Air pollution and dust from construction activities
To mitigate construction impacts, the following measures are proposed:
• Cover sources of dust where possible
• Apply dust suppressants
• Use low emissions equipment where possible
• Limit dust generating activities during high-wind conditions
Operational impacts and mitigation measures were presented at Public Information Centre #4.
Our engagement plan
Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons were encouraged to participate in discussions of the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit by attending consultation opportunities or by contacting staff directly with information, comments or questions.
Our first and second rounds of public information centres have been completed. If you were unable to attend in person please click the buttons below to download the materials.
Please note, the interactive map was last updated October 2021. The design has since been updated based on public and stakeholder feedback.
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