York Region Transit
|Headquarters||50 High Tech Road,
Richmond Hill, ON
|Service area||Urban/semirural areas|
|Service type||bus service, bus rapid transit|
|Alliance||Toronto Transit Commission
|Routes||94 YRT, 5 Viva,
|Fleet||Approx. 450 (2008)|
|Annual ridership||over 22 million (2012)|
|General Manager||Richard Leary|
YRT operates 65 full-time, rush hour and limited routes, 35 school services, 5 Viva rapid transit routes and utilizes 14 Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) routes that run within York Region's boundaries. TTC passengers who cross Steeles Avenue (the Toronto-York boundary) must pay an additional fare (the YRT fare) to continue on that route (in practical sense, the TTC bus becomes a YRT bus when it crosses Steeles Avenue).
Some YRT routes operate within the City of Toronto; these buses are generally running to and from TTC subway stations. YRT northbound buses are allowed to pick up passengers south of Steeles Avenue if they are heading into York Region (but passengers must flag the bus from a designated TTC or YRT stop). YRT buses heading to a TTC subway station can similarly drop off passengers at designated stops south of Steeles Avenue, but are usually not permitted to pick up passengers from these stops (with the exception of York University).
- 1 Ridership
- 2 History
- 3 Operations
- 4 Subsidiaries
- 5 Bus rapid transit
- 6 Fares
- 7 Vehicles and fleet rosters
- 8 Staff
- 9 Transit enforcement
- 10 Terminals
- 11 Routes
- 12 2011-2012 labour strike
- 13 Officers
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Average daily ridership is between 150,000 to 200,000 riders on buses and 1,000 on MobilityPlus. 22 million riders used YRT in 2012, an 11.6% increase over 2011. YRT is projecting more than 23.5 million riders for 2013.
YRT was created by the regional government in 2001 to combine the five municipally-managed transit authorities in the region:
- Vaughan Transit, since 1973
- Markham Transit, since 1973
- Richmond Hill Transit, since 1960
- Aurora Transit, merged in 1999 with Newmarket Transit
- Newmarket Transit
In mid-2006, the York Region Transit (YRT) logo was modified to bear closer resemblance to the Viva logo and, by most of the YRT fleet and bus stop signs had their looks changed to bear the new colours.
All transit services in York Region are provided by private operators under contract.
- Area served: Markham and Stouffville
- Operator: Miller Transit Limited
- Facility: 8050 Woodbine Ave., Markham - outdoor yard home to 135 buses stored on Miller Avenue or Burncrest Road
- Web site: Miller Transit
- Area served: Newmarket, Aurora, King Township, East Gwillimbury and Georgina
- Operator: Tok Transit Limited
- Facility: 18106 Yonge Street, Newmarket (leased by York Region to TOK Transit). Sub-division at 536 Pefferlaw Road in Georgina for some route 50 Queensway vehicles and operators.
Tok Transit Limited, a subsidiary of Tokmakjian Incorporated of Concord, won the contract for serving Division 2 after First Student Canada (formerly Laidlaw Transit Limited)'s services were terminated effective January 16, 2012 by YRT due to the transit strike. First Canada were stored in an outdoor facility at 534 Kent Drive in Newmarket
- Area served: Richmond Hill
- Operator: Miller (same information as Division 1)
- Area served: Vaughan
- Operator: Veolia Transportation
- Facility: 8300 Keele Street, Vaughan
- Web site: Veolia Transport - Bus rapid transit in York region
- Services: Discontinued in Fall 2011
- Former Operator: Stock Transportation
- Facility: 550 Edward Avenue, Richmond Hill
- Services: Viva (bus rapid transit)
- Operator: Veolia Transportation (operated by Subsidiary company York BRT Services L.P)
- Facility: 8301 Keele St., Vaughan - Temporary storage for VIVA Purple, Orange, Green, Pink and Blue.
- Web site: Veolia BRT
All but Veolia are Canadian based transit operators. All contractors maintain and store the YRT fleet within York Region.
YRT Capital Assets and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation are responsible for procurement of vehicles for YRT.
Bus rapid transit
In response to escalating congestion on the region's roads, York Region's transit plan included a provision for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system along the Yonge Street and Highway 7 arterial corridors. This service, known as Viva, was launched in September 2005.
Currently YRT bus fares are the most expensive in all of Canada. A fare increase is planned for January 1, 2014  bringing the cash fare for a 1 Zone trip to $4.00. Monthly pass for an adult will cost $132 a month.
The Presto card is available for use starting July 18, 2011  and fares are equivalent to one ticket. The Presto card cannot be used on TTC routes serving York Region even if travelling entirely within York Region, as the TTC has not integrated with the Presto card system.
Fares were increased on January 1, 2013.
Beginning January 1, 2013, YRT and Viva's fares are as follows:
|Fare Category||Cash Fare||10 Tickets||Monthly Pass|
|1 Zone||2 Zone||1 Zone||2 Zone||1 Zone||2 Zone|
|High School Students||$3.75||$4.75||$23.00||$33.00||$90.00||$135.00|
|Children / Senior 65+||$3.75||$4.75||$18.50||$28.50||$55.00||$85.00|
|Express (All age groups)||$4.25||-||$35.00||-||$145.00||-|
|Greater Toronto Area||$55.00|
|Ride to GO||$0.75|
Fares were once again approved to be increased in Autumn 2013.
Beginning January 1, 2014, YRT and Viva's fares are as follows:
|Fare Category||Cash Fare||10 Tickets||Monthly Pass|
|1 Zone||2 Zone||1 Zone||2 Zone||1 Zone||2 Zone|
|High School Students||$4.00||$5.00||$25.00||$35.00||$99.00||$144.00|
|Children / Senior 65+||$4.00||$5.00||$20.00||$30.00||$55.00||$85.00|
|Express (All age groups)||$4.50||-||$38.00||-||$152.00||-|
|Greater Toronto Area||$55.00|
|Ride to GO||$0.75|
YRT is divided into three fare zones (Zone 1, 2, and 3) with the boundary being the Oak Ridges Moraine (between the King Road Vivastation and the Bloomington Road Vivastation) and Ravenshoe Road; the zone rule is that a one-zone fare is needed for a trip that starts or ends within the boundaries, and a two-zone fare is needed for a trip that passes completely through the boundary. Because there is no route that exists that passes through all three zones, all trips are two-zone, unless a transfer is made. Also, there is only one route which passes and Zone 2-3 boundary, which is Route 50 - Queensway.
Tickets purchased at certain stores are unvalidated, and are validated for boarding a bus or Viva by inserting the ticket into a slot at the side of Viva stations.
Customers starting their trip on a TTC bus in Toronto are required to pay a YRT fare when leaving the bus in York Region (North of Steeles) through the front door. TTC buses will issue a TTC transfer punched zone 3 on request, which can be used to transfer to YRT services. Similarly, customers starting their trip in York Region must pay a YRT and TTC fare when boarding the bus if they are travelling into Toronto. Customers starting and ending their trip in York Region do not have to pay any kind of TTC fare.
Paper transfers are issued on YRT buses, but not on Viva buses. A transfer is a proof of payment issued when a fare is paid; the transfers allows riders to switch between YRT, Viva and contracted routes (Brampton Transit and the TTC) within York Region and without paying additional fares. Transfers are valid where routes intersect. They are valid for up to 2 hours after the time issued. Pass and Presto holders are not entitled to transfers.
Vehicles and fleet rosters
YRT has about 450 buses (as of March 2008); operated by private contractors as shown above in Operations
|New Flyer Industries D40LF||40' Diesel bus||311-335, 401-412, 571-585, 601-609, 610- 618, 701-730, 801-819, 901-945, 1001–1019||320,323, 330,333,610-618,700s,800s,900's,1000's in new YRT livery.|
|New Flyer Industries D40LFR||40' Diesel bus||1020–1038, 1101-1120||All buses delivered in new YRT livery.|
|Orion Bus Industries 05.501||40' Diesel bus||001-014, 225-233, 301-310,||006, 007 retired. 224 retired as a result of an accident, 307 in new paint scheme|
|Orion Bus Industries 06.501||40' Diesel bus||1045–1046, 2061–2067, 9701-9704, 9801-9802, 9931-9933||9701 and 9703 in recently refurbished and in new scheme. 1045-1046, 2061–2067, 9702, 9704, & 9801-9802 retired|
|Van Hool newA330||40' Diesel bus||501-520||Converted from Viva Rapid Transit|
|ElDorado National EZ Rider II||30' Diesel bus||541-570 619-621, 623||622 retired due to fire.|
|ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX||30' Diesel bus||850-868, 980-990, 991-996||850-859, 980-990 to Newmarket, 860-868, Miller, 991-996 Can-Ar (Mobility Plus)|
|ElDorado National EZ Rider II BRT||30' Diesel bus||1060-1072 1160-1162||1060-1064 to Newmarket, 1065–1067, 1160-1162 Markham, 1068-1072 Richmond Hill|
|Overland Custom Coach Ford ELF||Wheelchair Accessible Bus||381-385, 481-483, 591-598|
|General Motors Astro||Utility Van|
|Chevrolet Impala||supervisor car/Mobility Plus service car/transit enforcement||357-XX|
|Ford Taurus station wagon||supervisor car|
|Chevrolet Uplander||Mobility Plus wheelchair Accessible vans|
|Dodge Caravan||Mobility Plus wheelchair Accessible vans|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||Transit enforcement||357-XX|
The initial fleet consisted of buses from previous York Region operators, but has since been expanded with YRT-bought vehicles.
For Viva bus fleet, see Viva (bus rapid transit) for details.
- ElDorado Axess 2004 - full size bus never entered full service
- Novabus LFX 2009 - Articulated bus never entered service with YRT, but led to the purchase of them for VIVA
YRT's first fleet (2001–2005) was painted with a white base with blue and gold stripes. During the early years many buses still had their pre-2000 colours from the previous operators with "YRT" painted on the front and sides. The livery was changed after 2005 to a white and several tones of blue. Only the Viva fleet is all-blue, but one Orion I YRT (#2028) was painted all-blue for a colour demo. During the transition to the second colour theme some buses were all white with the old "YRT" label remaining.
YRT operating staff are employed by their respective contractors
Bus operating staff uniform consists of a white shirt with blue pin strips with YRT crest on the left chest and dark navy pants.
Fare Inspectors and Special Constables patrol the entire transit system for the safety and security of passengers and to ensure compliance with the proof-of-payment system. They make random checks onboard buses to ensure the proper use of tickets, transfers and passes. Customers without valid fares are subject to a warning, an instant fine or a criminal charge.
Starting in 2006, YRT began installing 150 cameras on YRT (including Mobility Plus) and Viva buses. By the end of 2008, there will be 210 more cameras added to the two systems. CCTV Cameras are also installed in some of the vivastations. Such example will be Bayview Vivastation in Richmond Hill.
Effective June 30, 2013
- 1 to 99 — Regular bus routes
- 200 series — GO Transit Shuttle (excluding Route 224)
- 300 series — Express (50 cents extra fare required)
- 400 series — High School Specials
- 500 series — Community Bus Routes
|Number||Route Name||East/North Destination||West/South Destination||Via Points||Connecting VIVA Services||Service Time||Notes|
|1||Highway 7||Copper Creek Drive||Richmond Hill Centre Terminal||n/a||Blue, Pink, Purple, and Green||Monday-Sunday||Route operate via Markham Stouffville Hospital|
|2||Milliken||Eastvale / Copper Creek||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Middlefield Collegiate Institute||Blue, Pink||Monday-Sunday||Two weekday trips divert Middlefield High School along Middlefield, Highglen and Fonda during school year. Weekday trips end at Markham Road and Denison. Weekend trips end at Smartcentre Box Grove.|
|3||Thornhill||Don Mills||York University||n/a||Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|4||Major MacKenzie||Woodbine||Vaughan Mills Mall||St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Walmart||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Two weekday trips divert St Joan of Arc C.H.S.|
|4A||Major Mackenzie||Woodbine||Weston Rd.||n/a||Blue||Monday-Sunday.|
|5||Clark||Finch Station||Glen Shields||Glen Shields||Blue, Pink||Monday-Saturday||Trips will operate counter-clockwise along Glen Shields during weekday AM rush, and clockwise at all other times.|
|7||Martin Grove||Al Palladini Community Centre||Woodbine Centre / Islington Loop||n/a||Orange||Monday-Saturday||No service south of Steeles on Saturday: Trips run along Steeles to Islington loop.|
|8||Kennedy||Major MacKenzie||Steeles||n/a||Purple, Pink, Green||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|9||9th Line||Stouffville||Copper Creek||Eastern Gate||Purple||Monday-Friday||Seven trips will divert to Eastern Gate in Stouffville. No service directly into Markham Stouffville Hospital.|
|10||Woodbridge||York University||Martin Grove Rd.||n/a||Purple, Orange||Monday-Sunday||Every other trip will divert north on Martin Grove, West on Langstaff and South on Kipling. All other trips will divert south on Martin Grove and east on Woodbridge.|
|12||Pine Valley||Vaughan Mills Mall||Islington Loop||Four Valley Drive||Orange||Monday-Saturday||Two weekday trips will divert Four Valley Drive.|
|13||Islington||Napa Valley / Kileiburg||Islington Loop||Klienburg||Orange||Monday-Saturday||Eight weekday trips will bypass Napa Valley Drive and head north on Islington to Klienburg.|
|14||14th Avenue||Copper Creek||Woodbine||Rouge Bank||Green||Monday-Friday||Route 14 operates along Rouge Bank Dr. and Russel Jarvis Dr. during rush hour.|
|16||16th Avenue||Markham Stouffville Hospital||Lebovic Campus Drive||n/a||Blue, Purple||Monday-Sunday|
|17A||Birchmount||14th Avenue||Warden Station||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|18||Bur Oak||Markham Stouffville Hospital||Angus Glen Community Ctr.||Whites Hill Ave, Kenilworth Gate||Purple||Monday-Saturday||Two weekday trips will divert along Kenilworth Gate. Four weekday trips will divert along Whites Hill Avenue.|
|20||Jane||Teston Rd.||York University||Creditstone Road||Orange, Purple||Monday-Sunday||Four weekday trips will divert along Creditstone Road. Weekend service will not service areas west on Jane, South of Bass Pro.|
|21||Vellore Local||Major MacKenzie||Vaughan Mills Terminal||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour|
|22||King City||Seneca College King Campus||Maple||Kingshill Rd, St Thomas of Villanova College||Blue||Rush Hour & Saturday||Two weekday trips will divert to St Thomas of Villanova College. Select weekday trips will service Kingshill Road.|
|22A||King City||Newmarket||York University||Kirby Road||Purple, Blue, Orange||Monday-Friday||Operates into Ravineview and Kirby during rush hours.|
|23||Thornhill Woods||Teston Rd / Lebovic Campus Dr.||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Blue, Pink, Purple||Monday-Friday||Rush hour service will continue north to Teston Road. Off-Peak service will end at Lebovic Campus Drive.|
|24D||Victoria Park||Major Mackenzie||Victoria Park Station||n/a||Pink, Purple||Off-Peak Monday-Friday||n/a|
|25||Major MacKenzie||Markham Stouffville Hospital||Harding Boulevard||n/a||Blue, Purple||Monday-Friday|
|26||Maple Local||Maple||Vaughan Mills Terminal||n/a||n/a||Monday-Sunday|
|28||Zenway||Zenway Blvd.||Steeles Ave.||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|31||Aurora North||Aurora GO Station||n/a||Aurora High School, St Maximilian Kolbe C.H.S||Blue||Rush Hour Only||Two weekday trips will divert to Aurora High School. One afternoon trip will divert St Maximillian Kolbe C.H.S.|
|32||Aurora South||Bayview Ave. & Stone Rd.||Bathurst St. & McClellan Way / Seneca College King Campus||G.W. Williams High School, Aurora GO Station||Blue||Monday-Saturday||Rush hour service to Seneca College King Campus. Non-Rush service ends at Bathurst Street. Three trips will divert to G.W. Williams High School. Two trip will divert to Cardinal Carter High School. Select trips will enter Aurora GO Station. Dial-a-ride service weekday evenings and all-day Saturday. See above for details.|
|33||Wellington||State Farm||Murray Dr||n/a||Blue||Monday-Saturday||n/a|
|33A||Wellington||Bayview Ave. & St. John's Sideroad||Murray Dr||Aurora GO Station, St John's Sideroad||Blue||Monday-Saturday||Select trips will divert to Aurora GO Station.|
|35D||Jane||Langstaff Rd.||Jane Station||n/a||Orange||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|40||Unionville Local||Markville Mall||Woodbine Ave.||n/a||Purple, Green, Pink||Monday-Sunday||Dial-a-ride service weekday and Saturday evenings. See above for details.|
|41||Markham Local||Fincham||Markville Mall||n/a||Purple, Greem||Monday-Sunday||Dial-a-ride service weekday and Saturday evenings. See above for details.|
|42||Berczy||Major MacKenzie Dr.||Unionville GO Station||Bill Crothers S.S.||Purple, Green, Pink||Rush Hour Only||Two trips will divert Bill Crothers High School.|
|44||Bristol||Main St.||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Carusle St, Sacred Heart S.S.||Blue||Monday-Saturday||Two weekday trips will divert to Sacred Heart C.H.S. Two weekday trips will divert along Carlisle St. No rush hour service to Upper Canada Mall. Dial-a-ride service weekday and Saturday evenings. See above for details.|
|45||Mingay||Major MacKenzie Dr.||Markville Mall||n/a||Purple, Green||Rush Hour Only||First afternoon trip will start from Bur Oak S.S.|
|50||Queensway||Sutton||Newmarket||East Gwillimbury GO, Pefferlaw||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Six weekday northbound trips and two weekend northbound trips extend to Pefferlaw, seven weekday southbound trips and two weekend southbound trips start from Pefferlaw to connect with GO Bus route 80 for connections to/from Port Bolster and Beaverton. One weekday morning trip will divert East Gwillimbury GO Station.|
|50B||Beaverton||Beaverton||Pefferlaw||n/a||n/a||Monday-Sunday||Route operated by van. Route to begin operating in July, replacing GO route 80. Extra fare required.|
|51||Keswick Local||Ferncroft||Lake Drive South||Georgina Learning Centre, Keswick Gardens, GEM Theatre||n/a||Monday-Saturday||Southbound midday trips will service Keswick Gardens. Three evening trips will divert to the GEM Theatre. Weekday midday trips will service the Georgina Learning Centre.|
|52||Holland Landing||Holland Landing||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Silver City, Dr. John Denison High School, East Gwillimbury GO Station||Blue||Monday-Saturday||Two trips will service Silver City. Select rush hour trips will service East Gwillimbury GO Station. Southbound morning trips and northbound afternoon trips will service Grist Mill Plaza. Dial-a-ride service weekday and Saturday evenings. See above for details.|
|54||Bayview||Davis Dr.||Yonge St.||n/a||Blue||Monday-Saturday||n/a|
|55||Davis Drive||404 Town Centre||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Bales Drive, Upper Canada Mall||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Two weekday trips will divert to Bales Dr. Select westbound trips will service Upper Canada Mall.|
|55B||Davis Drive||404 Town Centre||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Blue||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|56||Gorham-Eagle||Leslie St. / 404 Town Centre||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Sacred Heart H.S.||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Two weekday trips will divert to Sacred Heart H.S. Select weekday and Saturday as well as all Sunday trips will be extended to Upper Canada Mall.|
|57||Mulock||404 Town Centre||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Sir William Mulock H.S.||Blue||Rush Hour Only||Two weekday trips will divert to Sir William Mulock H.S.|
|57A||Mulock||404 Town Centre||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Sir William Mulock H.S.||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Four weekday trips will divert Sir William Mulock H.S.|
|58||Mount Albert||Mount Albert||404 Town Centre||East Gwillimbury GO Station, Foodland, Newmarket Terminal||Blue||Monday-Friday||Three morning and two afternoon trips will divert to East Gwillimbury GO Station. Midday trips will be extended to operate to Newmarket Terminal via Davis Drive. All trips servicing Newmarket Terminal will also service Foodland in Mount Albert. Dial-a-ride service weekday evenings. See above for details.|
|59||The ROC||Pefferlaw Lions C.C.||Keswick Marketplace||n/a||n/a||Friday Evening, Weekends||Service from Friday before Christmas to Sunday after March Break. Weekday service during Christmas Break, Family Day and March Break.|
|61||King Local||King City GO Station||King Rd. & Hwy 400 Carpool Lot||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|68B||Warden||Angus Glen Community Centre||Warden Station||n/a||Purple, Green, Pink||Monday-Sunday||Service along Warden Avenue north of 16th Avenue to be temporarily suspended starting in June for construction.|
|77||Highway 7||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Highway 50||Clark||Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange||Monday-Sunday||Sunday service will operate via Clark, New Westminister and via Promenade Terminal. All other service will operate via Yonge Street and Centre Street.|
|80||Elgin Mills||Betty Roman||Elgin West Community Centre||n/a||Blue||Monday-Sunday|
|81||Inspiration||Bernard Terminal||Jefferson Sideroad||Richmond Hill High School||Blue||Rush Hour Only||Two trips will divert via Richmond Hill High School.|
|82||Valleymede-Spadina||Elgin Mills Rd. E.||East Beaver Creek||Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Green High School, St Robert Catholic High School, Richmond Hill GO, Bernard Terminal||Blue, Pink, Purple||Rush Hour Only||Two trips will divert via Richmond Green High School. Two trips will also divert via St Robert Catholic School. Eight southbound and six northbound trips will divert via Richmond Hill GO Station. One morning northbound trip will divert west via Richmond Hill GO Station, North on Newkirk, West on Elgin Mills, North on Yonge via Bernard Terminal, West on Bernard Avenue and north on Yorkland Street to Richmond Hill High School.|
|83||Trench||Bernard Terminal||Richmond Hill Centre||St Theresa High School, Richmond Hill High School||Blue, Pink, Purple||Monday-Friday||Two weekday trips will divert via Richmond Hill High School. Six trips will divert along Shaftsbury Avenue and Bathurst Street to service St Theresa of Liseaux Catholic High School.|
|83A||Trench||Richmond Green HS||Hillcrest Mall||n/a||Blue||Rush Hour Only||Five morning southbound trips will operate along Pugsley Ave. and Dunlop St.|
|84||Oak Ridges||Oak Ridges Community Centre||n/a||Cardinal Carter C.H.S, No Frills||Blue||Monday-Saturday||Two weekday trips will divert to Cardinal Carter C.H.S. Dial-a-ride service weekday midday and evening and Saturday. See above for details. Dial-a-ride service will operate via No Frills.|
|85||Rutherford||Leslie Street||Napa Valley Avenue / Islington||n/a||Purple, Blue||Monday-Sunday||No Sunday service to Napa Valley. Sunday trips will end at Islington Avenue.|
|86||Newkirk-Red Maple||Shadow Falls Dr.||Richmond Hill Centre Terminal||Jean Vanier C.H.S., Richmond Hill GO Station||Purple, Blue, Pink||Monday-Saturday||Four weekday trips will divert Centre Street to Jean Vanier Catholic High School. Eighteen weekday trips will divert via Richmond Hill GO Station, meeting GO Trains.|
|87||Autumn Hill||Richmond Hill Centre Terminal||Vaughan Mills Terminal||Rutherford GO Station||Blue, Pink, Purple||Rush Hour Only|
|88||Bathurst||Seneca College King Campus||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Pink, Purple, Blue||Monday-Saturday||Two early morning southbounds will start from Elgin West Community Centre.|
|88A||Bathurst||Elgin West Community Centre||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Pink, Purple, Blue||Sunday||n/a|
|88E||Bathurst Limited Express||Seneca College King Campus||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Pink, Purple, Blue||Rush Hour Only||Service will operate north to Seneca College King Campus in the morning, and south to Finch GO Bu Terminal in the afternoon. This service will only stop at Seneca College King Campus, Elgin Mills Road, Major MacKenzie, Rutherford Road / Carrville Road, Promenade Terminal, Steeles Avenue / Bathurst Street, Steeles Avenue / Yonge Street and Finch GO Bus Terminal.|
|90||Leslie||Richmond Green High School||Don Mills Station||Richmond Green High School||Pink, Green, Purple||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|90B||Leslie||16th Avenue||Don Mills Station||n/a||Pink, Green, Purple||Monday-Friday|
|91||Bayview||Taylor Mills||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Purple, Pink, Blue||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|91A||Bayview||Subrisco||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Purple, Pink, Blue||Monday-Saturday||n/a|
|91B||Bayview||Oak Ridges||Richmond Hill Centre Terminal||n/a||Purple, Pink, Blue||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|91E||Bayview Limited Express||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||n/a||Pink, Purple, Blue||AM Rush Only||Trips will start at Woodriver St. and Rosetree St, and service limited stops to High Tech Road, where it will operate express to Finch GO Bus Terminal.|
|98||Yonge||Green Lane||Bernard Terminal||n/a||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Late-night service is combined with route 99 Yonge.|
|98E||Yonge Limited Express||n/a||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Pink, Blue||PM Rush Only||98E operates one northbound trip non-stop from Finch GO Bus Terminal to Bernard Terminal, then services all subsequent local stops to Newmarket GO Bus Terminal via Yonge St. and Eagle St. W.|
|99||Yonge||Bernard Terminal||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Pink, Blue, Purple||Monday-Sunday||Late-night service is combined with route 98 Yonge.|
|102D||Markham Rd.||Mount Joy GO Station||Warden Station||n/a||Purple||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|105||Dufferin North||Rutherford||Downsview Station||n/a||Purple, Orange||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|105B||Dufferin North||Major MacKenzie||Downsview Station||n/a||Purple, Orange||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|107B||Keele North||Rutherford GO Station||Downsview Station||York University||Purple, Orange||Monday-Friday||Select southbound AM and northbound PM trips will divert to York University.|
|107C||Keele North||Teston Rd||Downsview Station||York University||Purple, Orange||Monday-Sunday||Select southbound AM and northbound PM weekday trips will divert to York University.|
|107D||Keele North||McNaughton||Downsview Station||n/a||Purple, Orange||Weekends||n/a|
|129A||McCowan North||Major MacKenzie||Scarborough Town Centre||n/a||Purple, Green||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|160||Bathurst North||Centre St||Wilson Station||n/a||Purple||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|165A||Weston Rd. North||Wonderland||York Mills Station||n/a||Orange||Seasonal Weekend Service||Service from May–October. Replaces most 165D weekend trips when operating.|
|165D||Weston Rd. North||Major MacKenzie||York Mills Station||n/a||Orange||Monday-Sunday||Only early morning service on weekends from May–October.|
|165F||Weston Rd. North||Canada Drive||York Mills Station||n/a||Orange||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|201||Markham GO Shuttle||Markham GO Station||16th Avenue||n/a||Purple||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first morning train.|
|202||Unionville GO Shuttle||Unionville GO Station||Woodbine Ave.||n/a||Purple, Green, Pink||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first morning train or first two afternoon trains.|
|203||Milliken GO Shuttle||Milliken GO Station||Box Grove||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first, second and sixth afternoon trains.|
|222||Aurora-Newmarket GO Shuttle||Aurora GO Station||404 Town Centre||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet last morning train.|
|223||Newmarket GO Shuttle||Newmarket GO Station||Sawmill Valley Drive||n/a||Blue||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|224B||Woodbine Avenue||Hazelton||Steeles Ave.||n/a||Purple||Weekends||n/a|
|224C||Victoria Park North||14th Avenue||Don Mills Station||n/a||Green||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|224D||Victoria Park North||Elgin Mills||Don Mills Station||n/a||Green, Purple, Pink||Rush Hour Only||AM service south on Woodbine and north on Frontennac and Hillmount, PM service north on Woodbine and south Hillmount and Allstate.|
|240||Mill Pond GO Shuttle||Richmond Hill GO Station||Bernard Terminal||n/a||Blue||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first afternoon train.|
|241||Beverley Acres GO Shuttle||Richmond Hill GO Station||Crosby||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first afternoon train.|
|242||North Richvale GO Shuttle||Richmond Hill GO Station||Baif Blvd.||n/a||Blue||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first and last afternoon train.|
|243||Redstone GO Shuttle||Richmond Hill GO Station||Leslie||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||Does not meet first afternoon train.|
|244||Beaver Creek Shuttle||West Beaver Creek and Highway 7||n/a||n/a||Purple, Pink||Rush Hour Only||Route to be reinstated starting in July.|
|300||Business Express||Town Centre Blvd.||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Blue, Pink, Purple||Rush Hour Only||Operates from Finch in AM and to Finch in PM.|
|301||Markham Express||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Mount Joy GO Station||n/a||Purple, Blue, Pink, Green||Rush Hour Only||Operates to Finch in AM and from Finch in PM|
|302||Unionville Express||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Main Street Unionville||n/a||Blue, Pink, Green, Purple||Rush Hour Only||Operates to Finch in AM and from Finch in PM.|
|303||Bur Oak Express||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Mount Joy GO Station||n/a||Purple, Blue, Pink||Rush Hour Only||Operates to Finch in AM and from Finch in PM.|
|304||Mount Joy Express||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Mount Joy GO Station||n/a||Purple, Green, Blue, Pink||Rush Hour Only||Operates to Finch in AM and from FInch in PM.|
|360||Vaughan Express||Yorkdale Subway Station||Vaughan Mills Terminal||n/a||n/a||Rush Hour Only||AM service from Vaughan Mills to Yorkdale, PM service from Yorkdale to Vaughan Mills. Operates both ways between Yorkdale and Vaughan Mills during both rush hours.|
|400||Brother Andre C.H.S.||n/a||Markville Mall||n/a||Purple, Green||PM School Days||n/a|
|401||Brother Andre C.H.S.||Brother Andre C.H.S.||14th and McCowan||n/a||Purple||School Days||n/a|
|410||Markham District H.S.||Markham District H.S.||Woodbine Ave.||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|411||Markham District H.S.||Markham District H.S.||14th and McCowan||n/a||Purple||School Days||n/a|
|413||St. Robert / Thornlea||St Robert C.H.S.||Simonston Ave||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|415||Stouffville H.S.||Stouffville H.S.||Main Street||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|418||Pierre Elliott Trudeau H.S.||Pierre Elliott Trudeau H.S.||Hazelton Ave.||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|420||Newmarket High School||Newmarket High School||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Blue||School Days||n/a|
|421||Newmarket High School||Newmarket High School||Bayview||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|423||Newmarket High School||Newmarket High School||Yonge St||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|424||Keswick H.S.||n/a||Glenwoods||n/a||n/a||PM School Days||n/a|
|425||Huron Heights Secondary||Huron Heights Secondary||Holland Landing||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|426||G.W. Williams High School||G.W. Williams High School||Hollidge||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|427||Sacred Heart H.S.||Sacred Heart H.S.||St. John's Sideroad||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|428||G.W. Williams High School||n/a||Bathurst St. & McClellan Way||n/a||Blue||PM School Days||n/a|
|429||Cardinal Carter / Aurora High School||Aurora High School||Old Colony||n/a||Blue||School Days||n/a|
|440||St Theresa High School||St Theresa High School||Richmond Hill GO Station||n/a||Blue||School Days||n/a|
|441||Richmond Hill High School||Richmond Hill High School||Richmond Hill GO Station||n/a||Blue||School Days||n/a|
|444||Langstaff High School||Langstaff High School||East Beaver Creek||n/a||Blue, Pink, Purple||School Days||n/a|
|445||St Robert / Thornlea||n/a||Bernard Terminal||n/a||Purple, Pink||PM School Days||n/a|
|446||St Theresa High School||St Theresa High School||Promenade Terminal||n/a||Blue, Purple||School Days||n/a|
|447||St Theresa High School||St Theresa High School||Shadow Falls Dr.||n/a||Blue||School Days||n/a|
|448||Richmond Hill High School||n/a||East Beaver Creek||n/a||Blue, Purple, Pink||PM School Days||n/a|
|449||Richmond Green High School||Richmond Green High School||Hazelton||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|450||St Theresa High School||St Theresa High School||Yonge St.||n/a||Blue||School Days||n/a|
|451||Langstaff High School||n/a||Major MacKenzie||n/a||Blue, Purple, Pink||PM School Days||n/a|
|452||Richmond Green High School||Richmond Green High School||Hazelton||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|460||Holy Cross Academy||n/a||Forest||n/a||Orange||PM School Days||n/a|
|461||Emily Carr S.S.||Emily Carr S.S.||Woodbridge Ave.||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|462||Maple H.S.||Maple H.S.||Rutherford Rd.||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|463||Vellore||Emily Carr S.S.||Vaughan Mills Mall||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|464||St. Joan of Arc S.S.||St. Joan of Arc S.S.||Jane St.||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|465||St. Joan of Arc S.S.||St. Joan of Arc S.S||Keele St.||n/a||n/a||School Days||n/a|
|501||Zum Queen||York University||Downtown Terminal||n/a||Orange, Purple||Monday-Sunday||Operated by Brampton Transit.|
|501A||Zum Queen||York University||Downtown Terminal||Hihway 407||Orange, Purple||Monday-Sunday||Operated by Brampton Transit. Operates via HIghway 407 express from York University to Highway 50, where it services all stops to Downtown Terminal.|
|520||Newmarket Community Bus||404 Town Centre||Upper Canada Mall||n/a||Blue||Monday-Sunday||n/a|
|521||Newmarket Community Bus||404 Town Centre||Upper Canada Mall||n/a||Blue||Monday-Friday||n/a|
|522||Markham Community Bus||122 Cornell Park Ave.||Hagerman's Corner||2 Raymerville Drive||Green, Purple||Monday-Saturday||No Friday service to Markham Food Bank.|
|589||Richmond Hill Community Bus||Lowlaws||n/a||Central Library||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Service to Central Library on Sunday Only. No Sunday service to McConaughty Centre.|
|590||Richmond Hill Community Bus||n/a||Hillcrest Mall||Central Library||Blue||Monday-Sunday||Service to Central Library on Sunday Only. No Sunday service to McConaughty Centre.|
|purple||Viva purple||Markham Stouffville Hospital||York University||n/a||Green, Pink, Blue, Orange||Monday-Sunday||Service to be adjusted to accommodate new rapidways. Details to be posted here in late August.|
|pink||Viva pink||Unionville GO Station||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Green, Purple, Blue||Rush Hour Only||Service to be adjusted to accommodate new rapidways. Details to be posted here in late August .|
|green||Viva green||McCowan Road||Don Mills Station||n/a||Purple, Pink||Rush Hour Only||n/a|
|blue||Viva blue||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Purple, Pink||Monday-Sunday||Additional service between Bernard Terminal and Finch Station.|
|blue "A"||Viva blue "A"||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal||Finch GO Bus Terminal||n/a||Pink||Rush Hour Only||To Finch in AM rush and from Finch in PM rush.|
|orange||Viva orange||Martin Grove Road||Downsview Station||n/a||Pink||Monday-Sunday||TTC fare media may be used between York University and Downsview Station. No service south of York University outside of rush hour.|
|760||Vaughan Mills / Wonderland||Finch GO Bus Terminal||Canada's Wonderland||n/a||Purple, Blue||Seasonal Weekend Service||May–October service between Wonderland, Vaughan Mills Mall, Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and Finch GO Bus Terminal. During November and December, service is provided between Vaughan Mills Mall, Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and Finch GO Bus Terminal.|
2011-2012 labour strike
Starting on October 24, 2011, bus drivers and workers contracted by Miller Transit, First Student and York BRT Services (Veolia) started striking, protesting over wages and benefits for three months. Over 60 percent of YRT bus routes in York region and all Viva routes did not operate. YRT and Viva workers started picketing on December 5, 2011, at Finch-GO Terminal, YRT headquarters, South-West Division Garage, and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. 96% of all YRT/Viva routes returned to service on Saturday, February 4, 2012, with 98% of services operational on Monday, February 6, 2012. Full YRT/VIVA service resumed on Monday, February 27, 2012. To compensate riders for the three months of service disruptions, York Region Transit provided two months of free service, using the money saved by not having to pay striking workers.
In February 2011, the executive of YRT consisted of:
- Chair: Bill Fisch (as York Region Chair)
- Vice-Chair (Regional Councillor): Dave Barrow
- Commissioner of Transportation Services: Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas
- General Manager Richard J. Leary - former MBTA COO replaces YRT's first head Donald Gordon (2001–2009)
- Vice-President of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation: Mary-Frances Turner
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- MyTransit Fall 2008
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- Markham Transit 2000 Rider's Guide, Town of Markham
- Transit History...Vaughan
- Transit History...Markham
- Transit History...Richmond Hill
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- York Region Transit
- Viva official site
- York Region Transit Fleet Roster
- YRT fleet roster on CPTDB Wiki
- York Region Transit (Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board)
- The Toronto LRT Information Page (Page has a rendering of what a VIVA LRV could look like)
- Drawings and photos of York Region Transit buses