York Region Transit

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York Region Transit
York Region Transit (logo).png
YRT 716.JPG
Slogan York, connected.
Founded 2001
Headquarters 50 High Tech Road,
Richmond Hill, ON
Locale York Region
Service area Urban/semirural areas
Service type bus service, bus rapid transit
Alliance Toronto Transit Commission
Brampton Transit
Routes 94 YRT, 5 Viva,
14 TTC-contracted
Fleet [1] 335 YRT buses
116 Viva bus rapid transit
27 Mobility Plus vehicles
Annual ridership 22,156,781[1]
Fuel type Diesel
Operator see Operations
General Manager Vacant - Richard Leary departed for TTC in early 2014[2]
Website yrt.ca

York Region Transit (YRT) is the public transit operator in York Region, Ontario, Canada. Its headquarters are in Richmond Hill, at 50 High Tech Road.

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).

Ridership[edit]

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.[3]

History[edit]

YRT was created by the regional government in 2001 to combine the five municipally-managed transit authorities in the region:

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.

Operations[edit]

All transit services in York Region are provided by private operators under contract.[4]

Division 1[edit]

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

Division 2[edit]

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

Division 3[edit]

Area served: Richmond Hill
Operator: Miller (same information as Division 1)

Division 4[edit]

Area served: Vaughan
Operator: Transdev
Facility: 8300 Keele Street, Vaughan
Web site: Veolia Transport - Bus rapid transit in York region

Division 4 was provided by Tokmakjian Incorporated from 2003 to 2010 (former operators for Vaughan Transit)[5]

Division 5[edit]

Services: Discontinued in Fall 2011
Former Operator: Stock Transportation
Facility: 550 Edward Avenue, Richmond Hill

These two routes were operated by Stock using three mini (18 seat) school buses bearing YRT logos and route signage. The original operator was Student Express Limited (2001–2004).[6]

Division 7[edit]

Services: Viva Rapid Transit
Operator: Transdev (operated by subsidiary company York BRT Services L.P)
Facility: 8301 Keele St., Vaughan - Temporary storage for VIVA Purple, Orange, Green, Pink and Blue.[7]
Web site: Veolia BRT

All but Veolia are Canadian based transit operators. All contractors maintain and store the YRT fleet within York Region.

Subsidiaries[edit]

YRT Capital Assets and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation are responsible for procurement of vehicles for YRT.

Bus rapid transit[edit]

Viva uses a special fleet of high-end NovaBus and Van Hool buses
Main article: Viva 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.


Fares[edit]

A validated and expired Viva Student Ticket dated on May 4, 2006

YRT bus fares are the most expensive in all of Canada.[8]

The Presto card has been available for use since July 18, 2011,[9] 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.

As of January 1, 2014, YRT and Viva's fares are as follows:[10]

Fare Category Presto Cash Fare 10 Tickets Monthly Pass
1 Zone 2 Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone
Adults $3.30 $4.30 $4.00 $5.00 $33.00 $43.00 $132.00 $177.00
High School Students $2.50 $3.50 $4.00 $5.00 $25.00 $35.00 $99.00 $144.00
Children / Senior 65+ $2.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $20.00 $30.00 $55.00 $85.00
Express (All age groups) $3.80 - $4.50 - $38.00 - $152.00 -
Weekly Pass
Greater Toronto Area $56.00
Fare Supplements
Ride to GO $0.75
Zone Upgrade $1.00
Express Upgrade $0.50

The GO Transit fare supplement is not added to the existing YRT fare, but instead is a new fare considering that the rider boards a GO Train before or after the rider boards a YRT/Viva bus.

Fare zones[edit]

YRT is divided into three fare zones (Zone 1, 2, and 3) with the boundaries 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.

Transfers[edit]

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.[11] 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[edit]

2010 New Flyer D40LFR #1034 at Promenade Terminal on Route 88 Bathurst
2008 ElDorado EZ-Rider II MAX #850 at Newmarket Terminal
2007 New Flyer D40LF #707, running south of Steeles Avenue on the Route 99 Yonge
2014 New Flyer XD40 #1418 at Vaughan Mills Terminal on Route 85 Rutherford

YRT has 116 Viva bus rapid transit, 335 YRT buses and 27 Mobility Plus vehicles;[1] operated by private contractors as shown above in Operations. 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 Rapid Transit for details.

 Make/Model   Description   Fleet #   Notes 
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 Handicapped/disabled access 300s,[12] 400s, 500s, 600s repainted in new livery 700s, 800s, 900s,1000s delivered in new YRT livery.
New Flyer Industries D40LFR 40' Diesel bus 1020–1038, 1101-1120[13] Handicapped/disabled access All buses delivered in new YRT livery.
New Flyer Industries XD40 Xcelsior Bus 40' Diesel bus 1401-1434[14] Handicapped/disabled access All buses delivered in new YRT livery.
Orion Bus Industries 05.501 40' Diesel bus 001-014, 225-233, 301-310 Handicapped/disabled access 004, 006, 007, 010, 014 retired.[15] 224 retired as a result of an accident, 300s in new paint scheme
Orion Bus Industries 06.501 40' Diesel bus 1045–1046, 2061–2067, 9701-9704, 9801-9802, 9931-9933 Handicapped/disabled access 9701 and 9703 in recently refurbished and in new scheme. 1045-1046, 2061–2067, 9702, 9704, 9801-9802 & 9931-9933 retired
Van Hool New A330 40' Diesel bus 501-520 Handicapped/disabled access Converted from Viva
ElDorado National EZ Rider II 30' Diesel bus 541-570, 619-621, 623 Handicapped/disabled access 622 retired due to fire.
ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX 30' Diesel bus 850-868, 980-990, 991-996 Handicapped/disabled access All buses delivered in new YRT livery.
ElDorado National EZ Rider II BRT 30' Diesel bus 1060-1072 1160-1162 Handicapped/disabled access All buses delivered in new YRT livery.
Arboc Spirit of Mobility 20D Accessible bus 10 passenger wheelchair accessible bus 1180-1187, 1188-1197 Handicapped/disabled access

Handicapped/disabled accessDenotes wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Fleet colours[edit]

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.[16] During the transition to the second colour theme some buses were all white with the old "YRT" label remaining.

Staff[edit]

YRT operating staff are employed by their respective contractors

Uniforms[edit]

Bus operating staff uniform consists of a white shirt with blue pin strips with YRT crest on the left chest and dark navy pants.

Transit enforcement[edit]

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.

CCTV cameras[edit]

Starting in 2006, YRT began installing 150 cameras on YRT (including Mobility Plus) and Viva buses. By the end of 2008, there were to be 210 more cameras added to the two systems.[17] CCTV cameras are also installed in some of the Vivastations. Such example will be Bayview Vivastation in Richmond Hill.

Routes[edit]

Effective June 30, 2013[18]

Numbering conventions[edit]

  • 1 to 99 — Regular bus routes
  • 200 series — GO Transit Shuttle (excluding Route 224 and 244)
  • 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. Dial-a-ride serve weekends. See above for details
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.
15 Stoufvile Millard Yonge St n/a Blue Monday-Sunday
Rush Hour Only
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-Fiday Four weekday trips will divert along Creditstone Road.
20A Jane Teston Rd. York University n/a Orange, Purple Rush Hour & Weekends
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 serve 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/Promanade Terminal n/a Blue, Pink, Purple Monday-Friday Rush hour service will continue north to Teston Road and south to Finch Terminal. Off-Peak service will operate between Promanade Terminal and 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 Huntington Rutherford Steeles Ave. n/a n/a Monday-Friday 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 serve 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, the ROC 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. Select weekend trips from December to March divert via the ROC.
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 serve Keswick Gardens. Three evening trips will divert to the GEM Theatre. Weekday midday trips will serve 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 serve Silver City. Select rush hour trips will serve East Gwillimbury GO Station. Southbound morning trips and northbound afternoon trips will serve Grist Mill Plaza. Dial-a-ride serve 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 serve 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 serving Newmarket Terminal will also serve Foodland in Mount Albert. Dial-a-ride serve weekday evenings. See above for details.
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 Increased frequency during the holiday season.
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.
77A Highway 7 Finch GO Bus Terminal Highway 50 n/a Blue, Pink, Purple, Orange Rush Hour only This route uses Highway 407 Between Yonge street and Jane 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.
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 serve 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 serve 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 Rutherford GO Station Blue Monday-Sunday No Sunday service to Napa Valley. Sunday trips will end at Islington Avenue.
85C Rutherford Leslie Street Vaughan Mills Terminal Rutherford GO Station Blue Monday-Friday Select rush hour trips divert via Rutherford GO Station
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
90 Leslie Richmond Green High School Don Mills Station n/a Pink, Green, Purple Monday-Sunday n/a
90B Leslie 16th Avenue Don Mills Station n/a Pink, Green, Purple Rush Hour Only
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 serve 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 serves 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 Northbound AM rush and southbound PM rush hour trips operate via Dynamic Drive.
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. Southbound weekday PM rush hour trips operate via Barmac and Ormont.
165F Weston Rd. North Canada Drive York Mills Station n/a Orange Rush Hour Only Southbound weekday PM rush hour trips operate via Barmac and Ormont.
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
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 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
412 Thornlea S.S. Thornlea S.S. Simonston Blvd n/a n/a 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 Highway 407 Orange, Purple Monday-Sunday Operated by Brampton Transit. Operates via HIghway 407 express from York University to Highway 50, where it serves 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. Bypasses the Richmond Hill Centre terminal.
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[edit]

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.

Officers[edit]

In December 2014, the executive of YRT consisted of:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Markham Transit 1990 Rider's Guide, Town of Markham
  • Markham Transit Fall 1994 Rider's Guide, Town of Markham
  • Markham Transit Fall 1999 Rider's Guide, Town of Markham
  • Markham Transit 2000 Rider's Guide, Town of Markham
  • Transit History...Vaughan
  • Transit History...Markham
  • Transit History...Richmond Hill
  • "vivatalk - York Region's Rapid Transit Update", Economist & Sun/Sun-Tribune: Community, June 11, 2005, p 7.

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