April 8, 2005

York Region Transit (YRT) is prepared for potential TTC strike


NEWMARKET – With the potential of a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employee strike beginning early Monday morning, York Region Transit (YRT) would like to remind passengers that YRT will initiate its contingency plan and allocate additional buses to compensate for reduced service on its 15 TTC-contracted routes.
 
In the event of a TTC strike, YRT will have limited service on most of its TTC contracted routes.  On these routes, service will operate in York Region only, between Steeles Avenue and each route’s northern stop. 
 
YRT will:
• Divert routes 1, 91 and 99 to the Langstaff GO Station during peak morning and evening periods.
• Add extra buses to GO shuttle routes during peak morning and evening periods. 
• Add a new temporary Promenade-to-Langstaff GO Shuttle.
• Reduce frequency on routes that operate directly into the GO Finch Bus Terminal.
 
Service on YRT Mobility Plus Transit, for passengers with special needs, will continue to operate normally to its four transfer locations along Steeles Avenue.  However, TTC Wheel Trans service will only honour medical emergency trips.  Mobility Plus passengers who wish to transfer to Wheel Trans for service in the City of Toronto are encouraged to check with Wheel Trans in advance.  Service from the City of Vaughan into Toronto will be unaffected.
 
To assist riders with trip planning, transit inspectors will be deployed at key locations to answer questions, and extra staff will be on duty at YRT call centres.  Hours for the call centre will be extended on Sunday evening to assist passengers prior to the Monday morning commute.
 
YRT has also extended its call centre hours on Sunday evening until 10 p.m., with Monday call centre service commencing at 6 a.m.
 
For information on route changes in the event of a TTC strike, please call YRT toll-free at 1-866-MOVE YRT (668-3978), locally at (905) 881-5167 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478.  For information on Mobility Plus in the event of a TTC strike, please call Mobility Plus toll-free at 1-866-744-1119, locally at (905) 762-2112 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7479.
 
For up to date information you may also visit the YRT Web site at www.yorkregiontransit.com  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.york.ca
 
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Contact:   Patrick Casey, Director of Corporate Communications, York Region
Cell: (905) 715-8211 or e-mail: Patrick.casey@york.ca

 
 
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