June 27, 2005

York Region launches Small Bus Strategy

NEWMARKET – Members of York Regional Council will launch the new York Region Transit (YRT) Small Bus Strategy in Newmarket today, showcasing one of the new small (under 30 feet) buses.  The new buses will operate as part of a one-year pilot project on the Newmarket Community Bus route 520/521.
WHEN: Monday, June 27th
  10:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Upper Canada Mall
  South Entrance (near Mr. Greek restaurant)
  Northeast Corner of Davis Drive and Yonge Street
• Bill Fisch, York Regional Chair and CEO
• Tom Taylor, Mayor of Newmarket
• Jim Jones, Markham Regional Councillor and Chair of the York Region Transit Committee
• A.J. (Tony) Van Bynen, Newmarket Regional Councillor
• The Small Bus Strategy will determine the feasibility of using smaller buses (less than 30 feet) on Regional roads.  If successful the Newmarket pilot may allow for general use of small buses across YRT’s transit operations.
• The pilot project in Newmarket will last one year, with an assessment after six months.
• The Route 520/521 Newmarket Community Bus will offer midday and evening service Monday to Friday, and all day weekend service using small, low-floor, accessible buses.
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Media Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-474-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: Michael.kemp@york.ca

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