Durham Region Transit announced today that the Region of Durham has opened a bus-only lane and an on-road “buffered” bicycle lane westbound along Regional Highway 2 (Kingston Road East) through the Salem Road traffic signal in Ajax.
The lane, the first of its kind in Durham Region, will provide faster and more reliable DRT Pulse bus service along Highway 2 between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto’ Scarborough Campus.
Contractors finishing up work on the rest of the segment between Salem Road North and Harwood Avenue North by paving the roadway and marking lanes. The Region also expects construction to continue further west between Harwood North and Best Buy, if the weather permits it.
Next spring and summer, the Region intends to build the eastbound bus-only lane and on-road buffered bicycle lane between Harwood Avenue South and Salem Road South.
(A “buffered” bike lane is separated from the rest of traffic on a roadway by a buffer or “shy zone”, which no vehicles other than bicycles can operate. Often the buffer disappears near intersections, allowing the drivers of cars, trucks, buses to cross into the bike lane to safely turn right.)
You can learn more about the Region’s project to build more bus-only lanes along the Highway 2 corridor here.