June 21, 2006
Media Release

King Township Mayor encourages commuters to try transit

Chair of York Region’s Transit Committee to commute to York Regional Council
NEWMARKET – In an effort to persuade more commuters to try York Region Transit (YRT) and Viva Rapid Transit, King Township Mayor Margaret Black will be leading by example on Thursday, June 22nd as she commutes to York Regional Council from King City.
“I’m looking forward to an enjoyable, stress-free ride to work on Thursday using both a YRT bus and a Viva Rapid Transit bus,” said Mayor Black.  “To help combat traffic congestion, it is important to look at alternative modes of travel to get to work and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great transit service we have here in King Township and York Region.”
Mayor Black will be boarding YRT Route 22 at King Secondary School at 7:46 a.m. and transfer to the Viva Blue line at Yonge Street and King Road.  She will disembark at Yonge Street and Eagle Street at the Regional Administrative Centre in Newmarket at around 8:30 a.m. and be met by Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.
“If you want to convince people that transit is a viable means of travel, it is important to practice what you preach,” added Mayor Black.  “YRT and Viva offer an efficient, comfortable ride at very little cost.  I’m hoping that my commute to York Regional Council will convince others to hop-on and hop-off our great transit service.”
For more information on YRT and Viva transit service, please visit the YRT Web site at www.yrt.ca or the Regional Municipality of York Web site at www.york.ca 
Route and fare information can also be obtained by calling the YRT Call Centre toll-free at                         1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), locally at (905) 881-5167 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478.
Live transit updates are available weekday mornings on the A-Channel at 6:35 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 8:05 a.m. and 8:35 a.m.
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1232 or After-hours Pager 905-830-3302
 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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