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 (with some service into Toronto and Brampton, Ontario)
Service area Urban/semirural areas
Service type bus service, bus rapid transit
Alliance Toronto Transit Commission
Brampton Transit
Routes 94 YRT, 6 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

This garage operates the most YRT routes in York Region. It was opened in late 2001.

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) and next to GO Transit bus garage. Sub-division is located 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's (formerly Laidlaw Transit Limited) 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 at Mulock 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

Service in Division 4 was provided by Tokmakjian Incorporated from 2003 to 2010 (former operators for Vaughan Transit[5] and current operator for Division 2). It was opened in 1986.

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. It was operated by Student Express Limited from 2000 to 2004.[6]

Division 7[edit]

Services: Viva Rapid Transit
Operator: TOK Transit
Facility: 55 Orlando Avenue, Richmond Hill
Web site: Veolia BRT

BRT division was operated by Transdev (York BRT Services) from 2005. TOK Transit took over the BRT division's responsibility on June 28, 2015, and uses the new facility at 55 Orlando Avenue, an indoor garage that houses 196 buses.[7] It opened on March 23, 2015.

All but Transdev are Canadian-based transit operators. All contractors maintain and store the YRT fleet within York Region. It was opened in 1986.

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

York Region Transit fares may either be paid by cash, tickets, or passes; the latter two offering substantial savings over cash. As of January 1, 2014, YRT and Viva's fares are as follows:[8]

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

Since July 18, 2011, the Presto card has been available for use on all YRT and Viva services,[9] except for those operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on behalf of YRT because the TTC does accept the Presto card on buses.

Payment is on a "pay on boarding" basis for YRT routes, Züm Queen, and TTC routes heading towards Toronto, a "pay on disembarking" on TTC routes heading away from Toronto, and on a "proof of payment" basis on all Viva routes. Fares for Viva services may be paid at the ticket vending machines at each Vivastation prior to boarding. Fares allow for unlimited travel within York region for two hours, though a transfer may be required for connecting services. Pass holders and passengers paying by Presto card will not be issued transfers.

Fare zones[edit]

York Region Transit's service area is divided into three fare zones. Zone 3 is defined as the portion of York Region north of Ravenshoe Road, while Zones 1 and 2 are divided by the Oak Ridges Moraine: Bloomington Road acts as the zone change boundary from Zone 1 to Zone 2 (northbound passengers), and a line just south of King Road acts as the zone change boundary from Zone 2 to Zone 1 (southbound passengers). Passengers crossing a zone boundary must pay the zone fare supplement in addition to YRT fares. No route passes through all three zones, three routes pass between Zone 1 and Zone 2 (22A King City, 98 Yonge North, and Viva Blue), and one route passes between the Zone 2 and Zone 3 boundary (50 Queensway). Accidental crossings of the zone fare boundary cannot be reconciled; the full fare must be paid on the first leg of the journey, otherwise a second full fare will be required.

GO Transit co-fares[edit]

As with many other transit agencies within the GTA, YRT offers a reduced fare for passengers transferring to YRT buses from GO Transit. Passengers may transfer at a GO train station from a GO Transit route to a YRT route and pay the reduced fare with the GO Transit proof of payment.

The GO Transit co-fare is expanded for passengers with the Presto card: passengers will automatically be assessed the co-fare (and any YRT fare supplements, if necessary) when transferring from GO Transit to YRT regardless of where the passenger boards the YRT bus. Similarly, passengers transferring from YRT to GO Transit will also be reimbursed the difference between the YRT fare and the co-fare upon disembarking from GO Transit (effectively, the YRT portion of the journey is paid with a co-fare).

Toronto Transit Commission fares in York Region[edit]

Some YRT routes are operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on behalf of York Region. Passengers on these routes may board a TTC bus in York Region and disembark in Toronto and vice versa. Though considered a single route by both agencies, passengers crossing Steeles Avenue on a TTC bus must pay separate fares for the portion north of Steeles Avenue (where the bus is operated as a YRT route) and south of Steeles Avenue (where the bus operates as a TTC route). This means that passengers effectively transfer between a TTC route and a YRT route of the same name and number at Steeles Avenue.

  • Passengers boarding in Toronto and disembarking in York Region must pay the TTC fare upon boarding as normal. Upon crossing into York Region, TTC buses operate on a "pay on disembarking" system, where the YRT fare must be paid on disembarking. Payment on disembarking is in effect even if passengers board and disembark within York Region. Passengers disembarking at Steeles Avenue do not have to pay YRT fares, even if disembarking on the north side of Steeles Avenue.
  • Passengers boarding in York Region and disembarking in Toronto must pay both fares upon boarding. A TTC transfer will be issued for passengers paying both fares, and the bus will stop on the north side of Steeles Avenue to ensure that all passengers have TTC proof of payment. Passengers boarding at Steeles Avenue on either side do not have to pay YRT fares.
  • Passengers may pay for YRT fares using a combination of TTC tickets/tokens and a cash supplement on these routes only; the cash supplement is the difference in fare value between the TTC fare media and its YRT counterpart.
  • YRT paper transfers issued by the TTC are good for one zone only; no TTC routes cross a YRT zone boundary. A full fare is required for travel beyond the zone boundaries.
  • As the TTC has not integrated with the Presto card on its buses, the Presto card is not accepted on YRT routes operated by the TTC. Due to the "pay on disembarking" system, passengers may not use Presto readers on the Viva ticket vending machines to pay for the YRT fare at Downsview Station or Don Mills Station (both stations connect to TTC routes serving York Region).
    • Exception: Passengers transferring to a TTC route in York Region from a GO train station may use the Presto Card as GO Transit proof of payment and pay the co-fare in cash.
  • YRT does not issue transfers for passengers paying by Presto card; a separate fare is required for passengers wishing to transfer to routes operated by the TTC.
    • Exception: Passengers transferring from GO Transit to YRT and subsequently transferring to a TTC route in York Region may request a special transfer upon boarding the YRT service. This transfer acts as proof of payment only when boarding the TTC service.
  • As the portions of TTC routes north of Steeles Avenue are operated on behalf of YRT, the "TTC Times Two" program, allowing a single TTC fare to be paid for transfers between two TTC routes separated by in intermediate leg on GO Transit, is not offered for portions of TTC routes north of Steeles Avenue.

The TTC also offers the "GTA Weekly Pass", which acts as a pass for the TTC, YRT, MiWay, and Brampton Transit; the pass is good for single-zone travel in York Region. Passengers wishing to cross zone boundaries must pay any zone fare supplements in cash.

Though other YRT routes enter Toronto, due to City of Toronto regulations, passengers may not board inbound (towards Toronto) YRT routes while in Toronto, nor disembark on outbound (away from Toronto) YRT routes while in Toronto; the exception is transfers to inbound Viva Orange at York University.

Due to additional fare integration with the TTC, passengers may travel between York University and the fare-paid area of Downsview Station on Viva Orange with TTC proof-of payment; passengers wishing to travel beyond York University are required to have YRT fares.

Brampton Transit fares in York Region[edit]

Further information: Züm Queen

Due to an agreement between YRT and Brampton Transit, passengers boarding Züm Queen east of Highway 50 (which largely duplicates service with Viva Orange while in York Region) will be assessed YRT fares, even if intending to disembark in Brampton. As a Brampton Transit route, passengers may also use Brampton Transit fare media (including those loaded onto a Presto card) to board this route without any additional fares being assessed. Passengers boarding with YRT passes will not be issued transfers for connecting to Brampton Transit routes in Brampton, nor will passengers boarding with Brampton Transit passes be issued transfers for connecting to YRT routes in York Region.

Passengers connecting from Züm Queen to YRT services and subsequently to TTC services in York Region and paying by Presto card may request a special transfer upon boarding Züm Queen; this transfer acts as proof of payment only when boarding the TTC service.

Brampton Transit and YRT have cooperated on routes connecting Brampton and Toronto via York Region, and for a time, certain YRT routes were jointly operated by YRT and Brampton Transit buses, where both agencies' fare media were accepted. The introduction of Züm Queen have largely ended joint operation of YRT routes, and the acceptance of YRT fares on Brampton Transit routes while in York Region are the last vestiges of such cooperation.

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   Division   Year   Fleet #   Notes 
New Flyer Industries D40LF 40' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev), Southeast (Miller), North (TOK Transit) 2003-2010 311-335, 401-412, 571-585, 601-609, 610- 618, 701-730, 801-819, 901-945, 1001–1019 Handicapped/disabled access 300s,[10] 400s, 500s, 600s repainted in new livery 700s, 800s, 900s,1000s delivered in new YRT livery.
New Flyer Industries D40LFR 40' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev), Southeast (Miller) 2010-2011 1020–1038, 1101-1120[11] Handicapped/disabled access All buses delivered in new YRT livery.
New Flyer Industries XD40 Xcelsior Bus 40' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev), Southeast (Miller) 2014 1401-1434[12] Handicapped/disabled access All buses delivered in new YRT livery.
Nova Bus LF Series 40' Diesel bus Southeast (Miller) 2015 1501-1516 Handicapped/disabled access 15 units on order. All buses will be delivered in new YRT livery.
Orion Bus Industries 05.501 40' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev), Southeast (Miller) 2002-2003 225-233, 301-310 Handicapped/disabled access Arrow south.svgArrow north.svg Lift-equipped buses.[13] 224 retired as a result of an accident, 300s in new paint scheme
Van Hool New A330 40' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev) 2005-2006 501-520 Handicapped/disabled access Converted from Viva
ElDorado National EZ Rider II 30' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev), Southeast (Miller), North (TOK Transit) 2005-2006 541-570, 619-621, 623 Handicapped/disabled access 622 retired due to fire.
ElDorado National EZ Rider II MAX 30' Diesel bus Southwest (Transdev), Southeast (Miller), North (TOK Transit) 2008-2009 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 Southeast (Miller), North (TOK Transit) 2010-2011 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 Southwest (Transdev), North (TOK Transit) 2012 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.[14] 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 light blue shirt with YRT/VIVA crest on the left chest and grey 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.[15] CCTV cameras are also installed in some of the Vivastations. Such example will be Bayview Vivastation in Richmond Hill.

Routes[edit]

Effective January 5, 2015[16]

Numbering conventions
  • 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, Green 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 Operated by the TTC.
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 Two weekday trips service the York Regional Police Headquarters on Don Hillock Drive.
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 Purple, Orange Rush Hour Only Operated by the TTC.
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, Green 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 Stiver Dr, 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. One weekday morning trip will divert East Gwillimbury GO Station.
51 Keswick Local Ferncroft Lake Drive South Woodbine Park and Ride, Georgina Learning Centre, Keswick Gardens, GEM Theatre n/a Monday-Saturday Southbound midday trips will serve Keswick Gardens. Three evening trips in each direction will divert to the GEM Theatre. Weekday midday trips will serve the Georgina Learning Centre in both directions. Select trips divert to Woodbine Avenue and Highway 404 to service the Woodbine Park and Ride.
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 (Yellow in late 2015) 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 (Yellow in late 2015) 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 Operated by the TTC. 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 Yonge / King 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. Major Mackenzie Drive Warden Station n/a Purple Monday-Sunday Operated by the TTC.
105 Dufferin North Rutherford Downsview Station n/a Purple, Orange Monday-Sunday Operated by the TTC.
105B Dufferin North Major MacKenzie Downsview Station n/a Purple, Orange Rush Hour Only Operated by the TTC.
107B Keele North Rutherford GO Station Downsview Station York University Purple, Orange Monday-Friday Operated by the TTC. 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 Operated by the TTC. Select southbound AM and northbound PM weekday trips will divert to York University.
107D Keele North McNaughton Downsview Station n/a Purple, Orange Weekends Operated by the TTC.
129A McCowan North Major MacKenzie Scarborough Centre RT Station n/a Purple, Green Monday-Sunday Operated by the TTC.
160 Bathurst North Centre St Wilson Station n/a Purple Monday-Sunday Operated by the TTC.
165C Weston Rd. North Wonderland York Mills Station n/a Orange Seasonal Weekend Service Operated by the TTC. 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 Operated by the TTC. 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 Operated by the TTC. 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. Keswick H.S. Ravenshoe n/a n/a 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 Operated on Viva rapidway from Bayview to Warden.
pink Viva pink Unionville GO Station Finch GO Bus Terminal n/a Green, Purple, Blue Rush Hour Only Operated on Viva rapidway from Bayview to Warden.
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 and no weekday evening and weekend service west of Pine Valley Drive.
760 Vaughan Mills / Wonderland Finch GO Bus Terminal Canada's Wonderland n/a Purple, Blue Seasonal 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.

Viva Yellow will be added to the network of routes in mid 2015 with full use of Davis Drive Rapidway by December 2015.

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]

  1. ^ a b c YRT/Viva Fast Facts
  2. ^ a b David Fleischer (January 26, 2010). "York looks south for new transit boss". yorkregion.com. Metroland Media Group. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "York Region Transit / Viva". Yrt.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  4. ^ YRT 2008 Draft Service Plan
  5. ^ "January 26, 2012 York Region awards new contract to TOK Transit Limited to restore North Division YR". York.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ http://www.york.ca/NR/rdonlyres/pmg5p2nfvntsgufiqmufgyth4skukl35ikfqleqv4iwecatbajsullhnn6d5rpiwgoffhrohye2gkke2jrwd3ise4f/rpt+2+cls+3.pdf
  7. ^ "transit facility / Richmond Hill". vivanext. York Region Rapid Transit Corporation. Retrieved May 2015. This 481,679 square-foot facility includes energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly features and will be used to maintain and store up to 196 YRT/Viva transit vehicles. 
  8. ^ http://www.yrt.ca/en/News/index.aspx?FeedId=560b2795-6287-495e-9463-ac3a2d4765b3&newsId=80b2d43a-eecd-44ef-bfcc-58dcd0053258.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.yrt.ca/news/index.asp#presto[dead link]
  10. ^ "York Region Transit 311-335 - CPTDB Wiki". Cptdb.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  11. ^ "York Region Transit 1101-1120 - CPTDB Wiki". Cptdb.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  12. ^ "York Region Transit 1401-1434 - CPTDB Wiki". Cptdb.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  13. ^ "York Region Transit 001-014 - CPTDB Wiki". Cptdb.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
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  15. ^ MyTransit Fall 2008
  16. ^ "Service Changes effective August 31st, 2014". York Region Transit. 
  • 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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