June 25, 2004

Mobility Foundation of York Region donates $10,000 toYork Region Mobility Plus Transit

NEWMARKET York Region Mobility Plus Transit received a $10,000 donation from the Mobility Foundation of York Region (MFYR) at a meeting of Regional Council yesterday, calling Mobility Plus "an essential component to community accessibility".
"The Mobility Foundation of York Region is pleased to support the Mobility Plus Bus Operation by presenting a cheque for $10,000 for the purpose of increasing its capacity in the Aurora/York Region North area," said Pat Plewman, Chair of the MFYR before presenting the donation to York Regional Council.
Mobility Plus Transit a service for passengers with special needs was formed in 2001, when York Region amalgamated several local transit systems into York Region Transit (YRT).  Since amalgamation, it has seen double digit increases in ridership every year.
"York Region is committed to making transit available to as many residents as possible," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  "This generous donation will help to ensure that residents with special needs have equal access to public transportation in York Region."
"It is great to see this kind of community support for public transit," added Markham Regional Councillor Jim Jones, Chair of the Region's Transit Committee.  "These funds will be very helpful to a service area that will grow substantially over the next number of years."
The MFYR was formed as an outreach project three years ago by the Aurora United Church.  Its mission is to raise funds for York Region community agencies that serve and support people with special needs.
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, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@region.york.on.ca

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