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Durham Region Transit announces service amendments to U-Pass program


Durham Region Transit (DRT) has unveiled a series of service amendments to the One Fare Anywhere system that forms a key component of the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) program for full-time students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College. The DRT changes, which may or may not impact students’ U-Pass usage, will take effect on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

New: DRT Pulse 900 route

On June 29, DRT will launch its Pulse service (Route 900) along the Highway 2 corridor (Kingston Road/Dundas Street/King Street). The new DRT Pulse 900 will operate between DRT’s downtown Oshawa terminal (Simcoe Street and Bond Street East) and the bus terminal at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC, located at Military Trail and Ellesmere Road in Scarborough).

DRT Pulse 900 riders can connect with other DRT routes throughout the Scarborough-Oshawa corridor, including DRT Route 401 service between downtown Oshawa and the UOIT/DC joint campus in north Oshawa. The UTSC terminal offers connection to Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus routes as well as GO Transit bus routes.

Please consult the DRT flyer link or visit the DRT website for schedule information.

New: DRT Route 910

On June 29, DRT will launch Route 910, which will connect the DC/UOIT joint campus with the Whitby GO station (via Trent University’s Oshawa Campus and the Oshawa Centre mall). Route 910 service will replace the current Route 420 A/B service.

U-Pass is valid on the following GO Transit bus routes*:

  • GO 71 – Stouffville (in Township of Uxbridge)
  • GO 81 – Beaverton/Port Perry/Whitby
  • GO 88 – Peterborough/Oshawa (in Durham Region)
  • GO 90 – Newcastle/Oshawa (in Durham Region)
  • GO 91 – Newcastle/Oshawa (in Durham Region)

*U-Pass does not cover other GO Transit bus routes (including GO 93 – Durham College/UOIT/Scarborough; GO 52 – Oshawa/York University; and GO 92 – Oshawa/Yorkdale). Travel on GO Transit bus services on routes other than those listed above operate at GO’s regular distance fares.

About U-Pass

All UOIT and Durham College full-time students receive a U-Pass which provides unlimited access during the academic year to DRT bus service and connection opportunities to GO Transit services (as well as Toronto Transit Commission connections in Scarborough). The cost for the U-Pass is included in full-time student ancillary fees, providing transit service to students at a fraction of regular monthly student pass rates.