More than C$114 million in joint funding to build portion of Durham-Scarborough BRT project

Aug. 13, 2021
The funding commitment will build 7.5 kilometers of the proposed 36-kilometer BRT corridor that will connect Toronto to Durham Region.

The governments of Canada and Ontario, as well as the Regional Municipality of Durham, have reached a joint funding agreement for the construction of dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure in the city of Pickering.

The C$114.4-million (US$91.45 million) project includes the construction of 7.5 kilometers (4.66 miles) of dedicated median BRT lanes, 20 sheltered bus stops and 7.5 kilometers (4.66 miles) of bike lanes along Highway 2 in Pickering. The project is part of the Durham-Scarborough BRT initiative that is designed to include a total of 36 kilometers (22.37 miles) of BRT to connect the region of Durham to Toronto.

"Integrated and accessible public transit systems are essential to building cleaner and more inclusive communities. The construction of Bus Rapid Transit in Durham means more frequent and reliable public transit services, saving people time and money, and better linking them to friends, family and other communities across the region,” said Mark Holland, member of Parliament for Ajax.

The BRT initiative was identified in Metrolinx’s 2041 Regional Transportation Plan as the preferred transit option that would meet the needs of the region. By 2041, the corridor is expected to grow by approximately 215,000 residents and 66,000 jobs.

"The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit project is a great opportunity to continue to build and connect our communities. Travel demand continues to grow in Durham Region and, with our federal and provincial partners, we will continue to provide safe and reliable transit for residents and visitors," said Regional Municipality of Durham Chair and CEO John Henry.

The government of Canada will contribute more than C$45.8 million (US$36.61 million) to the project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. Ontario is providing more C$38.1 million (US$30.46 million) and the Regional Municipality of Durham is contributing more than C$30.5 million (US$24.38 million).

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.