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DRT raises fares, May 1



As part of its five-year and rural-north service strategies, Durham Region Transit says “it’s implementing significant improvements across the system including:

  • better PULSE bus rapid transit with more frequent buses, new traffic-signal priority and more reserved bus lanes in Pickering;
  • more than 4,000 extra hours of new bus service;
  • more than 2,000 extra hours of ‘specialized service’ (door-to-door accessible service); and
  • eight new conventional buses and four new ‘specialized-service’ buses.”

But more service comes with a price.

In a news release, DRT says that “to continue building on the improvements introduced in 2015, DRT’s approved 2016 budget includes a five-cent increase to the cost of a single-trip PRESTO Card (e-purse) tap or paper ticket, and a 25-cent increase to cash fares. Monthly passes will see increases of $3.00 for adults, $2.50 for students, $1.50 for children, and $1.00 for seniors and Access Pass holders.”

You can view a chart listing the new DRT fares, starting Sunday, May 1 here.

After May 1, you can still use “old” DRT tickets and passes, even though those tickets will expire. You have two options for using expired tickets.

From Sunday, May 1 until Tuesday, May 31, you can use “Effective May 1, 2015” series tickets with a “top-up” — simply drop an extra five cents into the fare box with your ticket.

From Sunday, May 1 until Wednesday, August 31, you can exchange your old tickets for their value. Visit any of the four DRT PRESTO locations to apply the cash value of the tickets to a PRESTO fare card.

DRT PRESTO locations

DRT Westney Division
110 Westney Road South
Ajax
Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Durham Regional Headquarters
605 Rossland Road, East
Main Floor Cashier
Whitby
Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Oshawa Centre
United Way Information Services
419 King Street West
Mondays to Fridays, 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Pickering Town Centre
Guest Services
1355 Kingston Road
Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. drt-8005-uoftscarborough-20140704.jpg

DRT Orion VI bus #8005 lays over at the new U of T Scarborough bus loop, in service on the 923 BAYLY route. TTC Orion VII Next Generation hybrid bus #1096 pulls away, in 38 HIGHLAND CREEK service on July 4, 2014. Photo by James Bow.


Upcoming fare increases


York Region Transit is raising fares Canada Day, Friday, July 1.

Grand River Transit is raising fares Canada Day, Friday, July 1.


Recent fare increases


2016 fare increases

MiWay also raises fares Sunday, May 1.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 28.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, March 1.

GO Transit raised fares Monday, February 1.

Milton Transit raised fares Monday, January 4.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, January 3.

Oakville Transit raised fares New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1.

Guelph Transit raised fares New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1.


2015 fare increases

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Tuesday, September 1.

York Region Transit raised fares Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

Grand River Transit is raised fares, Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

Durham Region Transit raised fares Friday, May 1.

Burlington Transit raised fares Friday, May 1.

MiWay raised fares Sunday, April 27.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, March 1. (It also eliminated fares for children 12 years of age or younger.)

Oakville Transit raised fares Sunday, March 1.

GO Transit raised fares Sunday, February 1.

MiWay also reduced the fares for seniors to just $1 during off-peak hours, starting Monday, June 29.


2014 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1.

Grand River Transit raised fares Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 31.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, February 1.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 27.

Milton Transit raised fares Thursday, January 2.

The TTC raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.

York Region Transit raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.

Oakville Transit raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.


2013 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Monday, July 1.

Grand River Transit raised fares Monday, July 1.

Barrie Transit raised fares Wednesday, May 1.

Burlington Transit raised fares Wednesday, May 1.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, April 1.

GO Transit raised fares Friday, February 1.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 28.

Peterborough Transit raised fares Wednesday, January 2.

The TTC raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

York Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

Oakville Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

Burlington Transit revised fares for Handi-van (door-to-door accessible service) passengers Tuesday, January 1.

The Hamilton Street Railway revised fares for senior passengers Tuesday, January 1.


2012 fare increases

Durham Region Transit revised fares for DRT Specialized Services (door-to-door accessible service) passengers Saturday, December 1.

Guelph Transit raised fares Saturday, September 1.

Durham Region Transit and Grand River Transit raised fares Sunday, July 1.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, May 1.

The St. Catharines Transit Commission raised fares Monday, April 2.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 26.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, February 18.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 30.

The TTC raised fares New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

York Region Transit and Oakville Transit alos raised fares New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

Milton Transit also raised fares New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

2011 fare increases

Guelph Transit and Port Colborne Transit raised fares Wednesday, September 1, 2011.

Grand River Transit, Niagara Falls Transit and Oakville Transit raised fares Friday, July 1, 2011.

Barrie Transit raised fares Sunday, May 1, 2011.

MiWay raised fares Monday, April 4, 2011.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 28, 2011.


2010 fare increases

Burlington Transit raised fares Thursday, April 1, 2010.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Barrie Transit raised fares Monday, March 1, 2010.

Guelph Transit raised fares Monday, February 1, 2010.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, January 3, 2010.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Friday, January 1, 2010.


2009 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 14, 2009.

The Region of Peel’s accessible door-to-door TransHelp service raised its fares Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday February 16, 2009.

Guelph Transit raised fares Sunday, February 1, 2009.

Mississauga Transit raised the cost of fares Monday, January 26, 2009.

Burlington Transit raised the cost of cash fares, tickets and passes Sunday, January 4, 2009.

Barrie Transit raised the cost of monthly passes Thursday, January 1, 2009.

Oakville Transit raised the cost of adult cash fares Thursday, January 1, 2009.

York Region Transit raised the cost of adult cash fares Thursday, January 1, 2009.


2008 fare increases

Guelph Transit raised fares Sunday, July 6, 2008.

Durham Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

Oakville Transit raised fares Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Mississauga Transit raised all fares Monday, February 25, 2008.

Brampton Transit “adjusted” fares Monday, January 28, 2008.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

Mississauga Transit raised the cost of seniors passes Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

York Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1, 2008.


2007 fare increases

The TTC raised fares Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Durham Region Transit raised all fares Sunday, July 1, 2007.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Friday, June 1, 2007.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, May 1, 2007.

Milton Transit raised fares Monday, April 2, 2007.

Mississauga Transit raised fares Monday, February 26, 2007.

Brampton Transit raised fares [Monday, February 5, 2007.

York Region Transit raised fares Monday, January 1, 2007.

Durham Region Transit raised seniors and access fares only Monday, January 1, 2007.