How the Durham Scarborough BRT will bring new bus rapid transit to Oshawa

The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit is a 36-kilometre bus rapid transit corridor that would serve Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering and Scarborough, and provide better access for residents and businesses for key destinations along Highway 2 including Trent University, the Oshawa urban growth centre and its commercial strip, all the way to Scarborough Town Centre and the TTC Line 2 subway extension.

Oshawa residents are getting an update regarding the newest transit project planned for their city. 

The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DSBRT) is currently in the design phase and residents are invited to get more information on the project at the next live virtual open house on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, at 6:30 PM.  

To register for the event, click here.  

The proposed DSBRT project would include six stops running along King Street (eastbound) and Bond Street (westbound), from Simcoe Street in the City of Oshawa, west to the Town of Whitby.  


A before and after of what the new BRT project may bring. Photo represents Bond Street at Park Street, looking southeast. (Metrolinx photo) 

From Waverly Street to Simcoe Street, one traffic lane on both King Street and Bond Street would be converted into a curbside dedicated transit lane, while maintaining two lanes for general traffic on each one-way road.   

West of Waverly Street, King Street would be widened to include two new dedicated centre-median transit lanes, while maintaining the existing lanes for general traffic.  

Transit stops will be located at intersections with traffic lights, and transit riders will be protected at raised and barrier protected platforms. The raised median design restricts left turns between intersections to prevent drivers from crossing four traffic lanes.  

Left turns and U-turns will only be permitted at traffic lights with an advanced green. This will increase the safety of King Street for all road users.  

 The Oshawa portion of the DSBRT project would support a safer and more pedestrian-friendly downtown neighbourhood while also allowing for the opportunity to improve transit connectivity. Both King Street and Bond Street will see an improved pedestrian experience through upgraded, continuous sidewalks. 

There will be changes to the existing on-street parking in downtown Oshawa on King Street and Bond Street. Metrolinx will continue to work with the City of Oshawa to minimize parking impacts.  

Residents can find out more by attending the next live virtual open house on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, at 6:30 PM.  

For more information on the latest preliminary design plans in Oshawa visit Metrolinx Engage.  

To keep informed on upcoming public engagements, please subscribe to the Metrolinx Durham regional e-newsletter here, and to the project mailing list by e-mailing the team at DSBRT@metrolinx.com

Story by Jocelyn Stenner, Metrolinx communications specialist