June 22, 2006
Media Release

YRT and Viva Ridership climbs 9.2 per cent in 2006

 
Over 1.2 million passengers used YRT in April 2006 alone
 
NEWMARKET – York Region Transit (YRT) and Viva Rapid Transit continue to enjoy ridership gains with a year-to-date increase of 9.2 per cent.
 
More than 5.47 million passengers have used either YRT or Viva this year (January to April) compared to 5 million passengers for the same time period in 2005.
 
Additionally, both YRT and Viva riders are embracing the “hop on, hop off” policy implemented last year.  This policy affords riders of both services a two-hour window to board and disembark buses while using a single fare.
 
While ridership for April 2006 stands at nearly 1.3 million based on fare collection, the actual boarding numbers are much higher with the hop on, hop off policy.  Boarding rates for April 2006 surpassed 1.7 million passengers.
 
YRT and Viva are operated as a single system, with Viva operating rapid transit service in four key corridors along Yonge Street and Highway 7.  YRT transports passengers throughout the Region and acts as a “feeder” service to Viva.
 
For more information on YRT and Viva routes and fares, please visit www.yrt.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), locally at (905) 881-5167 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478.
 
For information on Viva Rapid Transit please visit www.vivayork.com
 
Live transit updates are available weekday mornings between 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. on A-Channel.
 
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Media Contact: Tracy Atkins, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302
 Email: tracy.atkins@york.ca

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