BRTs - Durham DRT Pulse

Oct. 12, 2016
Quick Facts

Status: Under construction (segments in use)
Number of stations/stops: 23 (dedicated bus-only lanes); 114 (entire PULSE route)
Route length: 2.3 kilometres (existing); total of 4 kilometres (planned)
Major transit connections: GO Transit bus service, TTC bus service
Completion date: 2018


Durham Region Transit’s PULSE launched in 2013 and operates a dedicated fleet of vehicles along Regional Highway 2, from the University of Toronto Scarborough to Downtown Oshawa. PULSE was made possible, in part, by $82.3 million in Metrolinx funding. PULSE ensures local commuters get where they need to go as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 - Metrolinx -

Learn more about DRT Pulse service at

Aug. 17, 2016

Bus rapid transit along Highway 2 from downtown Oshawa to Scarborough

The proposed 36-kilometre Durham-Scarborough BRT will improve transportation by attracting more transit passengers and reducing traffic congestion on this important corridor between Scarborough and Oshawa. In addition to serving one of Durham’s busiest corridors – Highway 2 – it will also provide for a regional connection with Ellesmere Road in Scarborough, and important access to both Scarborough Town Centre and the Scarborough RT

This project is intended as an evolutionary improvement upon the Durham Region Transit (DRT) Pulse service introduced in June 2013, which currently operates between Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough campus - The proposed enhancements will improve service speed and quality, and are currently in the planning phase

In 2008, the Province provided $82.3 million to expand the region’s bus fleet and pay for improvements to bus service and infrastructure in order to launch DRT Pulse - The full BRT project is anticipated to cost approximately $500 million, which is not currently Committed

-        Metrolinx – The Big Move – Next Wave Projects

Jul. 28, 2016

Hi All - I revised my plan for an elevated rapid transit line serving Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Durham Region to an LRT (MBTD LRT), but; I was not satisfied that an LRT will do the job, so I have decided to make it an Express LRT with limited stops instead – The line will have at least one stop in each community and connect with every major rapid transit line along its route - This will increase the average speed significantly and should be enough to accommodate the distances required - I am calling it MBTD Express LRT

The first phases of the lines will interconnect with the following:
- Meadowvale GO
- Hurontario LRT
- Brampton Züm BRT (3)
- Pearson Airport, UP Express, and SmartTrack LRT
- Weston GO
- Jane LRT or Beltline Subway
- Toronto-York Spadina Subway
- Yonge Street Subway
- Don Mills (Relief Line) Subway
- Lawrence GO/SmartTrack
- McCowan Road (Scarborough) Subway
- Markham Road LRT
- Crosstown East LRT
- Sheppard LRT or BRT
- Pickering GO

The line can eventually be extended east to Oshawa and Clarington/Bowmanville and west to Milton