December 19, 2012
This morning, Durham Region Transit officially opens the $16.6-million, 3,400-sq.m. expansion of the Westney division storage and maintenance facility. The expansion is to accommodate the new bus rapid transit service along the Highway 2 corridor and will serve a portion of the new BRT fleet.
The expansion features three in-ground hoists, a degreasing bay and 32 additional indoor bus storage spaces. Beginning in June, the Highway 2 BRT (bus rapid transit), known as the DRT Pulse, will introduce service from the University of Toronto campus at Military Road in Scarborough, to the Durham Consolidated Courthouse in Oshawa.
The BRT project will receive $82.3-million in provincial funding, an estimated $17-million of which will go to the purchase of 26 new buses, and $17.5-million from Durham Region. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.