Residents encouraged to use public transit and arrive home safely while celebrating
NEWMARKET – People celebrating on New Year's Eve are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take public transit.
The Regional Municipality of York will once again be offering complimentary transit on YRT/Viva services beginning at 7:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve and running until the early hours of New Year's Day.
"New Year's Eve is a holiday that should be celebrated safely with family and friends," said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "YRT/Viva is proud to be offering complimentary service to our customers, helping to guarantee their safe travels to and from celebrations."
The complimentary New Year's Eve service is available on all YRT/Viva and TTC routes operating north of Steeles Avenue, starting at 7:00 p.m. on December 31st. Late evening service will be available on select routes until approximately 3:00 a.m. Complimentary fares also apply to YRT's Mobility Plus services.
"York Region is providing residents with a convenient, affordable and most importantly, safe way to travel on New Year's Eve," said York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge. "I encourage people to take advantage of this initiative and leave the driving to YRT/Viva this New Year's Eve, especially if alcohol is being consumed."
Please note: On Sunday, December 31st and Monday, January 1st, YRT/Viva will be operating on a regular Sunday service schedule.
For more information on YRT/Viva's "Sunday service" or additional holiday service changes, please visit YRT's website at www.yrt.ca
or call toll-free at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978).
For TTC routes, please visit the TTC website at www.ttc.ca
or call 416-393-INFO (4636).
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Media Contact: Tracy Smith, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: (905) 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell (905) 251-6412