March 27, 2003

York Region Transit exceeds 2002 ridership target

NEWMARKET York Region Transit (YRT) carried more than 8.6 million passengers in 2002, an increase of more than 850,000 new riders compared to the previous year. More than 830,000 additional riders used YRT conventional transit and over 23,000 used YRT Mobility Plus specialized transit.

The conventional transit numbers represent a 10.9 per cent increase from 2001, exceeding the established annual target of 10 per cent. Mobility Plus Transit also demonstrated significant gains, with a 13.8 per cent ridership increase in 2002.

"We set an aggressive target for transit ridership in 2002," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO. "Our ridership numbers show conclusively that there is a great demand for transit in York Region, and that demand is growing every day."

YRT was formed in 2001, after the Region amalgamated five conventional municipal transit systems and seven transit systems for riders with special needs. YRT now operates a conventional transit service, as well as Mobility Plus transit system for riders with special needs.

"I'm very encouraged by these ridership numbers," said Newmarket Regional Councillor Diane Humeniuk, Chair of the York Region Transit Committee. "They indicate that we are on the right track in promoting our transit service as a viable transportation alternative."

In a cross-comparison study with other municipalities in Greater Toronto, York Region experienced the greatest ridership increase in 2002, and was one of the few to show ridership growth. This growth is attributed partially to a $5.2 million investment Council approved for buses and service enhancement across the York Region last year.

For more information on YRT routes and fares, visit the York Region Transit Web site at or call toll-free at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978) to speak with a YRT customer service representative.

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:

Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232


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:

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