February 17, 2005

York Region Transit to receive new buses and bus terminals as part of 2005 Business Plan and Budget

NEWMARKET – As part of the 2005 Business Plan and Budget passed by York Regional Council today, York Region Transit (YRT) will receive 11 new conventional vehicles and three new specialized buses, plus four new terminals.  These items are part of a $91 million capital budget, including capital upgrades to Viva, the Region’s new rapid transit system slated to begin in September.
“York Regional Council has consistently committed to providing a comprehensive transit system to its residents,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “These funds will greatly assist our efforts at expanding transit service, as well as upgrading our existing fleet of buses.”
The capital upgrades to YRT for 2005 include the following:
• Purchase of 11 new conventional YRT buses
• Purchase of three new specialized Mobility Plus buses
• Replacement of 17 conventional YRT buses
• Replacement of five specialized Mobility Plus buses
• Refurbishment of two YRT buses
• Refurbishment of two terminals
• Installation of 20 bus stops and shelters
“In order to get people to switch from automobiles to public transit, we need to have a system that is comprehensive, affordable and convenient,” said Regional Councillor Jim Jones, Chair of the Region’s Transit Committee.  “These new enhancements will certainly help YRT to achieve these goals.”
“The 2005 capital budget will allow us to deliver both expanded and enhanced service to our residents,” said Don Gordon, General Manager of YRT.  “This new level of service will make YRT an even more attractive transportation option and greatly complement our new Viva rapid transit service this fall.”
YRT increased its ridership by more than 14 per cent in 2004, marking the fourth consecutive year of ridership increases greater than 10 per cent since YRT was formed in 2001.  Additionally, 2004 marked the first year that YRT’s cost-recovery ratio exceeded 50 per cent.
For more information about York Region Transit, including fares, schedules and service, please call toll-free 1-866-MOVE YRT (668-3978), locally at (905) 881-5167 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478 or visit www.yorkregiontransit.com or for more information on the Regional
Media Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 ext. 1232 or e-mail: michael.kemp@york.ca

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