Whether you live in Whitby, Ontario or the Durham Region already or are planning to move here, you may be wondering about the commuting situation. Many Durham Region residents work in surrounding areas – including Pickering, Markham, Toronto and other Greater Toronto Area (GTA) communities. In fact, over 50% of Whitby residents commute to work.*
You already know that Whitby is a great place to buy a home to invest in. But how is it for commuters? Read on to find out!
Great News for Drivers
Whitby is very accessible to Toronto and other nearby cities and towns, which is a big advantage for people who commute to work. It’s especially advantageous for drivers because of the easy access to several major highways, including Highway 401, Highway 7 and Highway 407.
Even better, Whitby’s own brand new Highway 412 (also frequently referred to as the West Durham Link) offers fast, convenient access north-south between Highway 401 and the eastern extension of Highway 407. Highway 412 is located entirely within Whitby. It’s the first new 400-series designation in several decades** – amazing news for Whitby residents and commuters.
Highway 412 opened in 2016 alongside the extension of Highway 407 (Highway 407E) from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa**, which is another useful route for anyone heading east to Brooklin, North Oshawa or beyond.
GO Transit Gets You Where You Need to Go (with Bus and Rail Service)
Durham Region Transit (DRT) includes a robust schedule and network map***, with a good variety of convenient travel and transportation networks to help you get around the city and region with ease via transit. You can get anywhere in the Durham Region seamlessly with DRT’s convenient single fare payment. DRT routes also connect you to GO Transit buses so that getting around is simple, convenient and affordable.
GO Transit buses travel swiftly from Whitby to many surrounding areas, including Trent University, Durham College/Ontario Tech University, the Pickering Town Centre, up to Beaverton, up Highway 404 to Woodbine Avenue, to Uxbridge, to Aurora and Newmarket, to York University and to so many other destinations. GO Transit connects you effortlessly.
For many commuters, it’s all about the GO Train. The GO Train provides a fast, seamless travel option and services Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Rouge Hill, all the way into downtown Toronto and west all the way to Hamilton, then around the Golden Horseshoe to Niagara Falls. It also has lines travelling up to Stouffville, Gormley, Barrie, and west to Kitchener and Milton.
Wherever you work or want to visit, the GO Train has you covered.
VIA Rail Takes You Further
For further travels, Whitby is also conveniently located close to a VIA Rail train station. The Whitby VIA Rail station is located at 1350 Brock Street South, and is your gateway to quick and easy travel all over the province – and the country! VIA Rail has daily passenger service to major cities across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver. It serves over 450 destinations in Canada so you can get wherever you want to go.
From driving to taking the bus to hopping on the train, Whitby is conveniently and centrally located so that travelling is a breeze. The many transit options are a huge plus for new homeowners and families considering moving to Whitby. Whether you’re a commuter or have friends or family members in other cities, the many transit options as well as the new highways and highway extensions in the Whitby area are major benefits.