There are a number of other transit expansion projects currently underway in the City of Toronto, at varying phases of planning, design and construction.

The Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (DS-BRT) project is a Metrolinx-led project that will provide approximately 36 km of dedicated transit infrastructure that will connect Durham Region and the City of Toronto.

The DS-BRT will connect local and regionally significant areas including Scarborough Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough, the downtowns of Ajax and Whitby and the Urban Growth Centres in Pickering and Oshawa. The corridor is expected to grow by approximately 215,000 residents and 66,000 jobs by 2041. Higher capacity transit is needed to strengthen regional connections between communities and employment in both areas.

The DS-BRT will foster a safe and accessible multi-modal network connecting communities, and will provide:

  • Dedicated lanes for buses, where feasible, resulting in shorter travel times and more reliable transit service;
  • Better connections, with TTC, Durham Region Transit and GO Transit routes using the dedicated lanes and sharing the same stops, making it easier to travel throughout Toronto and the surrounding region; and
  • Because of the operation of existing and improved TTC and Durham Rapid Transit services, frequent service would be provided on the DS-BRT, with a bus every five minutes or less during peak hours.

Metrolinx is leading the planning, design and engineering work for the proposed DS-BRT. BRT was identified as the preferred transit technology to link Durham and Scarborough through the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the DS-BRT Initial Business Case (IBC). A Preliminary Design Business Case (PDBC) was initiated in early 2019.

For more information, see the Metrolinx DS-BRT project page or City Council agenda items:

In early 2020, Metrolinx completed an updated Initial Business Case for transit solutions along Dundas Street West that recommended a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line from Kipling Station in Toronto through Mississauga and Halton Region to Highway 6 in Hamilton. The project will provide improved transit accessibility between the Kipling Mobility Hub, the busy TTC bus corridor on Highway 427, and municipalities west of Toronto, including a connection to the Hurontario Light Rail Transit.

City and TTC staff are working with Metrolinx and the City of Mississauga on the planning for the Dundas BRT project. Work is currently being undertaken on the Preliminary Design Business Case (PDBC) and the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the project, funded by Metrolinx and the City of Mississauga.

For more information, see City Council agenda item 2020.EX18.3: Update on Metrolinx Transit Expansion Projects – Fourth Quarter 2020.

In December 2019, the TTC Board approved a 5-Year Service Plan & 10-Year Outlook, which included various ways to provide more priority to surface transit routes.

In June 2020, the TTC Board requested accelerated installation of the surface transit priority measures on the corridors, and in late July 2020, City Council authorized the installation of approximately 10.9 km of priority bus lanes on Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road, and Morningside Avenue – along the same alignment as the proposed Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (EELRT). The bus lanes along the Eglinton East corridor were installed in late September 2020 and went into service on October 9, 2020.

Learn more about the RapidTO.