DURHAM: Members of the Transit Executive Committee (TEC) met virtually, on Wednesday, May 5th, to discuss various Durham Region Transit (DRT) initiatives and updates.
Details and highlights include:
Safe Driver Awards: On May 26th, 2021, DRT Operators will be recognized virtually, at Regional Council, for their dedication to safety and efforts to ensure the roads in Durham Region remain safe for residents and visitors. For 2020, a total of 31 Operators are celebrating safe driving milestones of five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years without a single preventable collision. These milestones are even more impressive when factoring in the extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inclusive Community Grant: DRT recently received funding, from the Ontario Inclusive Community Grants program, to improve access to safe, affordable public transit for seniors, reduce social isolation and maintain the dignity of older adults and people with disabilities. Nine transit service kiosks will be installed in local retirement residences, long-term care homes and community service locations. These installations are expected to reduce outdoor wait times in harsh weather conditions while providing enough time for residents to safely and securely arrive at the bus stop.
Bill Holmes, General Manager of Durham Region Transit, shared, “DRT values the safety of all customers, staff and communities. Thanks to all our staff for their continued commitment to safety, and to these remarkable operators for achieving their safe driving milestones while following enhanced safety protocols during the pandemic.”