Durham Region Transit route 900

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Durham Region Transit route 900 is wheelchair accessible.
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PULSE 900
Pulse-branded XD40 8626 on route 900.
Route Type Pulse
Number of Branches 2
Division Raleigh, Westney

Durham Region Transit route 900 is a bus rapid transit route that operates in Ajax, Oshawa Pickering, Toronto, and Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

Route details

Route 900 serves the Kingston Road/Dundas Street/King Street corridor through southern Durham. It also connects to the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

From Ritson Road and Bond Street, westbound branch 900 trips operate west on Bond Street, west on King Street, west on Dundas Street, west on Kingston Road, west on Ellesmere Road, and northwest on Military Trail to Centennial Circle. Eastbound branch 900 trips from Centennial Circle operate southeast on Military Trail, east on Ellesmere Road, east on Kingston Road, east on Dundas Street, and east on King Street to Ritson Road. Branch 900B trips operate from Ritson Road over the regular route to Glenanna Road, then turn south on Glenanna Road and west on Pickering Parkway to Pickering Parkway Terminal; they return to Oshawa via west on Pickering Parkway and north to Liverpool Road to Kingston Road.

Route 900 is a PULSE service type, meaning the route provides service at least every 15 minutes until 19:00 seven days a week. Overnight service is available on the corridor via route N1.

On weekdays, most trips on the 900 branch (with the exception of some early morning/late night trips) are operated from Raleigh Division, and use articulated buses (9100-9105 and 9106-9107); most weekday trips on the 900B are operated from Westney Division and use standard 40 foot buses. On weekends, both divisions provide buses for both branches.

Branches

This route has two branches:

History

  • 2007 - DRT identified Highway 2 as an important corridor for rapid transit and prepared a business case for BRT along the route.
  • June 15, 2007 - The government of Ontario announced their MoveOntario 2020 plan which committed $11.5 billion in funding 52 rapid transit projects in the GTHA. Metrolinx developed the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which became known as The Big Move, and approved it in November 2008. The Highway 2 rapid transit project was identified as a Top 15 Priority Project in The Big Move.
  • April 2011 - The Region initiated an environmental assessment. More public open houses are to take place, and a vote is being held on what to name the service. DRT unveiled four proposed names for the BRT service and four distinct logos and livery. The names to choose from are: DRT Plus, DRT MAX, DRT Rapid, and DRT Pulse. From April 4 to November 14, passengers could vote on the website. And on November 30, the Executive Committee approved the name with the most votes: DRT Pulse.
  • June 29, 2013 - Route PULSE 900 Highway 2 begins service with a soft launch; replacing GO route 94. Local stops were served along Highway 2 with added stops at Altona Road and Sheppard Avenue, however route 900 did not divert into any GO stations or terminals and terminates at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
  • September 2013 - Construction began on dedicated bus lanes along Highway 2 in Ajax between Salem Road and Harwood Avenue. The westbound lane was completed by December, and the eastbound lane was completed by the summer of 2014. Construction soon followed for dedicated bus lanes in Pickering between Glenanna Road and Liverpool Road.
  • 2015 - Dedicated bus lane construction was completed. Frequencies for weekday midday were increased from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes or better.
  • 2016 - Construction begins on bus only lanes between (West of) Brock Road and (East of) Bainbridge Drive in Pickering complimented by buffered bicycle lanes. Frequency was improved in the early morning periods on weekdays as well as Saturdays.
  • 2017 - Construction began on the final two sections of the phase one dedicated bus lanes. Construction began at (East of) Rotherglen Road to (East of) Westney Road in Ajax as well as (West of) Steeple Hill to (East of) Delta Blvd in Pickering. Each of these projects were scheduled to be completed by end of year 2017 and offered improved landscaping as well as safer pedestrian crossings at these busy intersections. Buffered bicycle lanes were also added across each of the sections. Due to a strike with construction workers employed by AECOM Construction, dedicated bus only lanes in Pickering between Brock Road and Bainbridge Drive, were unable to be completed by summer of 2017. Once the strike concluded, final paving on bus lanes took place.
  • September 4, 2017 - Route 900 was given improved weekday evening service as well as 30 minute minimum frequencies 7 days a week. The route was included in the new High Frequency Network.
  • September 2018 - Construction began on a new section of bus lanes linking the Westney Road section to the Harwood Avenue section.
  • January 7, 2019 - Western terminus moved from University of Toronto Scarborough bus loop to Centennial Circle.
  • February 27, 2019 - The Region of Durham started design work for the next segments of bus lanes that extend upon and connect the bus lanes that were already built. These extensions include, Delta Boulevard to East of Fairport Road in Pickering, West of Dixie Road to Glendale Drive in Pickering, Glenanna Road to Brock Road in Pickering, and Salem Road to Galea Drive in Ajax.
  • September 3, 2019 - Sunday frequency increased from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes on the new 900B branch that operates between Richmond and Ontario to Glenanna Road and the Pickering Town Centre.
  • March 23, 2020 - Frequency reduced to "enhanced Saturday service levels" following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • June 8, 2020 - Frequency further reduced to Sunday service levels with additional weekday and weekend trips.
  • September 7, 2021 - Overnight service introduced along the corridor as route N1; route 900 schedule adjusted to match with the new 24-hour service.
  • circa September 2021 - Route names eliminated; route now referred to as PULSE 900.
  • December 6, 2021 - 900B trips now serve the Pickering Parkway Terminal stop instead of Pickering Town Centre.
  • January 10, 2022 - Branch 900 service temporarily reduced to every 30 minutes. Late night departures after 23:00 replaced with N1 trips.
  • September 6, 2022 - Branch 900 service increased to every 20 minutes during weekday peak and midday periods.
  • January 2, 2023 - Branch 900 service permanently reduced to every 30 minutes. Additional 900B trips added to maintain 10 minute frequency east of Glenanna Road.

Route Maps

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
900 900B
Centennial Circle 900
Kingston Road & Whites Road 900
Pickering Parkway Terminal 900B
Kingston Road & Glenanna Road 900 900B
Kingston Road & Brock Road 900 900B
Kingston Road & Westney Road 900 900B
Kingston Road & Salem Road 900 900B
Dundas Street & Brock Street 900 900B
Dundas Street & Thickson Road 900 900B
King Street/Bond Street & Stevenson Road 900 900B
King Street/Bond Street & Simcoe Street/Centre Street 900 900B
King Street/Bond Street & Ritson Road 900 900B

Service Summary

Date AM/PM Peak
(Start-9:00 / 16:00-19:00)
Midday
(9:00-16:00)
Evening
(After 19:00)
Weekend Daytime
(Start to 19:00)
Weekend Evening
(After 19:00)
January 2024 10 min 10 min 15-30 min 15 min 15-30 min


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DRT Fleet
Conventional 1007-1015, 6100-6112, 6113-6116, 6117-6119, 6120-6129, 6130-6135, 6136-6150, 7100-7103, 7104-7117, 7118-7122, 7123-7124, 8470, 8471-8473, 8501-8515, 8516-8523, 8524-8535, 8536-8543, 8544-8547, 8551-8553, 8554-8559, 8560-8565, 8566-8578, 8579-8589, 8601-8626, 9100-9105, 9106-9107
DRT Routes
Current 101, 112, 121, 216, 224, 227, 301, 302, 319, 392, 403, 405, 407, 409, 410, 411, 419, 421, 423, 502, 507, 605, 900, 901, 902, 905, 915, 916, 917, 920/921, N1, N2
Former 10, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 181, 193, 199, 211, 215, 217, 218, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 226, 232, 235, 240, 291, 291, 292, 300, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 310, 312, 315, 318, 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 406, 408, 408, 409, 409, 411, 412, 413, 414, 416, 417, 419, 420, 420, 421, 422, 499, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 601, 603, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 658, 701, 801, 910, 922, 923, 950, 960
Facilities
Terminals U of T Scarborough - Pickering Parkway Terminal - Pickering GO Station - Ajax GO Station - Whitby GO Station - Oshawa Centre - Downtown Oshawa - Oshawa GO Station - Harmony Terminal - Durham College/UOIT - Curt & Water Terminal
Garages Raleigh - Victoria - Westney - Wentworth - Thornton
Bus Stops 1-999 1000-1999 2000-2999 3000-3999 4000-9999 90000-99999
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