October 16, 2002

York Region Transit announces cross-boundary service and new routes in the Township of King

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York today announced new cross-boundary service for people with disabilities who use York Region Transit (YRT) Mobility Plus. In addition, YRT also announced four new conventional transit route extensions in the Township of King that will service Seneca College.

"One of the goals of the York Region Transit Five Year Plan is to harmonize service for Mobility Plus customers," Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch said during a ceremony at the Region's South Services Centre in Richmond Hill. "Now, people with disabilities can enjoy seamless service throughout the region."

With the demand for specialized transit service forecast to increase by 30 per cent over the next five years, a comprehensive Mobility Plus transit system is essential.

"Reliable transportation can be a difficult task for customers with special needs," said Newmarket Regional Councillor Diane Humeniuk, Chair of the York Region Transit Committee. "With today's announcement, customers with special needs will now receive the same high level of service as conventional transit riders."

Meanwhile, four new transit route extensions are now available in the Township of King, all servicing Seneca College. The routes will connect Seneca's King Campus with the communities of Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill and Vaughan, as well as connecting with the Finch subway station and Seneca's Newnham campus.

"Public transit is a critical element for any community especially for a rural municipality such as King," said Margaret Black, Mayor of the Township of King. "Access to the King Campus of Seneca College, a vital member of our community, will prove invaluable for both students and staff."

The new service announcements are part of a $4.2 million transit expansion approved by York Regional Council earlier this year, and follows last month's announcement of new transit routes to East Gwillimbury and Georgina. York Region Transit ridership is up 8.3 per cent from last year for its conventional service and an additional 9.2 per cent for Mobility Plus service.

For more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca.


Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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