DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Residents will have a chance to get informed about, and to provide input on, Durham Region Transit’s (DRT) new rural north service strategy on Tuesday, March 29 at the Sunderland Arena.
DRT has been holding public information centres across the region, including in Uxbridge on Tuesday, March 22 and Port Perry on Wednesday, March 23. DRT staff will be on hand to answer any questions and people will be able to provide feedback on the plan.
Under the new plan, there will be numerous changes made to how the North Durham is serviced, including extending Port Perry’s 950 route to replace the 701 and 801 buses.
“(950) is a major connection to the network…,” Durham Region Transit general manager Vincent Patterson said. “This change offers a fixed route and a predictable service."
There will also be a route added that travels from Uxbridge to Newmarket, which will be titled 960.
“This is a case in point where concerns came in loud and clear from residents,” Mr. Patterson said. “People go to the hospital in Newmarket, and there are so many other reasons to go East-West."
DRT is also planning on putting in bus terminals in Scugog and Uxbridge. The Scugog terminal would be located at Curt and Water streets, with the Uxbridge terminal to be built somewhere in the central area of the town.
"Travel doesn't start on a bus, it starts at home. We wanted to make sure that people could get to a stop and have a friendly environment. Where there is a shelter and a clean environment,” Mr. Patterson said. “Many times people have had to wait near people's lawns or the area is uncomfortable or is just concrete."
If all goes well with the plan, Mr. Patterson told The Standard that DRT is looking at having routes go to places such as Orillia.
The Sunderland public information centre will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. To check out the full rural strategy, go on-line to www.durhamregiontransit.com
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