March 1, 2006
Media Release

 No YRT service interruptions after new five-year contract ratified between Miller Transit Ltd. and Amalgamated Transit Union

Potential labour dispute avoided
NEWMARKET York Region Transit (YRT) routes in the Town of Markham, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Town of Richmond Hill will not be affected after members of the Amalgamated Transit Union ratified a new five-year operations and maintenance contract with Miller Transit Ltd.
Miller Transit is one of four private companies that provide conventional and rapid transit operations and maintenance contracts for YRT and Viva.  A contract vote, held throughout the day yesterday, was ratified.
The contract with Miller Transit includes 46 routes 24 routes operating in Markham and Whitchurch-Stouffville and 22 routes in Richmond Hill.  The contract involves 138 YRT buses and 220 contracted bus operators, which carries nearly 16,000 riders of YRT's 55,000 daily weekday passengers.
Other transit routes operating throughout York Region include:
 23 YRT routes in Newmarket, Aurora, King Township, East Gwillimbury and Georgina operated by Laidlaw Transit Ltd.
 20 YRT routes in Vaughan operated by Canar / Tokmakjian Inc.
 Five Viva Rapid Transit service routes operated by Connex Canada LT
 YRT Mobility Plus transit service
 12 Toronto Transit Commission routes operating in York Region
Please see attached Media Backgrounder for more information on York Region Transit and Viva Rapid Transit.
For more information on YRT and Viva transit service, please visit the YRT Web site at or the Regional Municipality of York Web site at 
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: Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1235 or Cell (905) 715-8211

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