September 21, 2006
Media Release

YRT/Viva Ridership climbs 10.8 per cent in 2006

 
More than 9.6 million revenue riders ride YRT/Viva this year
 
NEWMARKET – York Region Transit (YRT) and Viva Rapid Transit continue to enjoy significant ridership gains with an increase of 10.8 per cent in revenue ridership to the end of July.  More than 936,000 additional YRT/Viva fares were purchased this year compared to 2005.
 
More than 9.6 million revenue riders have used YRT/Viva this year (January to July) compared to 8.6 million revenue riders for the same time period in 2005.
 
Additionally, riders are enjoying the Hop on-Hop off policy implemented last year.  This policy allows riders a two-hour window to board and disembark buses while using a single fare.  Passengers are also allowed to transfer between York Region Transit services and Viva Rapid Transit free-of-charge to assist in making transit travel more affordable, convenient and efficient.
 
While ridership for July 2006 stands at over 1.2 million based on revenue ridership, total boarding numbers are much higher.  The total boardings include revenue riders, transfers and individuals boarding the bus multiple times while utilizing the Region’s 2-hour Hop on-Hop off policy.  Total boardings for July 2006 surpassed 1.7 million and year-to-date over 12.8 million.
 
YRT and Viva are operated as a single system, with Viva operating rapid transit service in four key corridors, including Yonge Street and Highway 7.  YRT transports passengers throughout the Region and acts as a “feeder” service to Viva.
 
The following table illustrates both the Revenue Ridership and Total Boardings statistics for 2006, in comparison to 2005.
 

 

Revenue Ridership

Total Boardings

 

2005

2006

% Change

2005

2006

% Change

January

1,229,281

1,387,864

12.9%

1,378,436

1,827,585

32.6%

February

1,195,652

1,316,781

10.1%

1,342,944

1,733,172

29.1%

March

1,350,844

1,495,804

10.7%

1,506,102

1,987,658

32.0%

April

1,239,809

1,287,272

3.8%

1,405,529

1,726,475

22.8%

May

1,237,569

1,385,761

12.0%

1,410,368

1,858,842

31.8%

June

1,316,928

1,481,381

12.5%

1,464,126

2,000,324

36.6%

July

1,106,482

1,258,373

13.7%

1,264,697

1,762,736

39.4%

Total

8,676,565

9,613,236

10.8%

9,772,202

12,896,792

32.0%

 

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) 762-2100 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478.
 
For information on Viva Rapid Transit please visit www.vivayork.com
 
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Media Contact: Tracy Smith, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302
 Email: tracy.smith@york.ca

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