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  Enjoy a Free Ride This New Year's Eve

Dec 17, 2012 11:03 ET

Durham Region residents celebrating New Year's Eve are encouraged to start 2013 off on the right foot by ensuring our roadways are safe for everyone.

Residents are being asked to leave their cars at home and take advantage of free transit and extended service hours compliments of Durham Region Transit (DRT). The initiative is being sponsored by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Durham Regional Police Services Board.

Deputy Chief Scott Burns and Staff Sergeant Mark Morissette joined Regional Chair Roger Anderson, DRT General Manager Ted Galinis, DRT Deputy General Manger Maintenance and Equipment Peter Chatoff and Manager Pickering Corporate Relations and Communications Ontario Power Generation Don Terry for the joint announcement.

“Durham Transit, the Region, OPG and police want everyone to find a safe way home following New Year’s celebrations,” says Deputy Chief Scott Burns. “We are here to give people an option so there will be no excuses.”

"DRT and community partners are working together to help region residents celebrate New Year’s Eve and return home safely," says Regional Chair and CEO Roger Anderson, Chair of the Transit Executive Committee. "Leave the driving to DRT Operators and make this a safe festive season.”

All DRT routes operating at 20:00 on December 31, 2012 will be free after 20:00 and be extended to 02:00 January 1, 2013. The last DRT GO Train connection will be the 01:20 departure from Union Station on New Year’s Eve arriving at the Pickering GO Train Station at 01:58, Ajax GO Train Station at 02:03 (however, route 916 Rossland meeting the 02:03 at the Ajax GO Station will short turn at Rossland and Simcoe). The last GO Train connection at Whitby GO Train Station will be at 02:18. DRT service will not meet the last (02:20) GO Train departure from Union Station.

“Plan ahead for a safe festive season and take advantage of free transit after 8pm in Durham Region on DRT,” says Ted Galinis, General Manager, DRT.

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Officials With Durham Region Transit, Durham Region, OPG and DRPS Encourage Everyone To Have A Safe New Year (JPG file, 293.3K bytes)
S/Sgt. Mark Morissette, Deputy Scott Burns and DRT Driver Ted Bird (JPG file, 212.2K bytes)