May 20, 2005

York Region launches Small Bus Strategy in Newmarket

 

NEWMARKET Starting in June, York Region Transit (YRT) will launch a one-year Small Bus Strategy Pilot Project in the Town of Newmarket.  The 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 YRTs transit operations.

 

In some of our more rural areas, or in some off-peak periods, it may make more economic and environmental sense to use smaller buses, said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  This pilot project will determine whether using small buses in such instances is a better option.

The Small Bus Strategy Pilot was brought forward in an attempt to address a number of factors on Newmarket YRT routes, including: limited demand in certain areas or certain off-peak periods, noise and emission issues, cost effectiveness, operational effectiveness on suburban routes and the perception of empty buses.

 

25 foot buses like this one will be on the streets of Newmarket this June.

Photo available on request.

Im very pleased to see the Small Bus Strategy Pilot project moving forward here in Newmarket, said Newmarket Regional Councillor Tony Van Bynen.  Im hopeful that by using these smaller vehicles we can further enhance our transit system while making our overall operations more cost effective for our taxpayers.

 

Data from American transit systems suggests that using small buses as part of overall fleet operations can have a cost savings of four per cent (for low-floor buses) to 34 per cent (for high-floor, lift-equipped buses).  The data also suggests that over time, cost savings can be created through lower operational costs in operator wages.

 

YRT staff will report back to York Regional Council after the pilot has operated for six months.  The development of a longer term Small Bus Strategy will be included in the new YRT Five-Year Service Plan currently under development.

 

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) 762-2100 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478 or visit 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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Media Contact:  Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 ext. 1232 or e-mail: Michael.kemp@york.ca

 
 
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