August 21, 2008
Media Release

YRT/Viva fall service changes on the way

More than 50 schedule adjustments effective August 31st; residents advised to plan ahead
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will introduce a variety of York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva fall service changes, effective Sunday, August 31st.  More than 50 route and schedule changes will adjust and improve services across York Region.  Residents are advised to use the YRT/Viva website and Customer Service Centre to stay informed and plan ahead.
 
Service changes include reinstatement of YRT School Specials serving high schools throughout York Region, as well as the introduction of six new school special routes. 
 
Viva purple and orange service frequency will be increased to meet fall demand, and Viva blue service from Finch Station will be extended to meet the last northbound Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) train at 2:15 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.
 
Many other routes and schedules will be adjusted to better serve commuters throughout York Region.  Service changes will be promoted through advertisements in local newspapers, posters at affected bus stops, information on YRT/Viva vehicles and online at www.yrt.ca under “Service Changes.”
 
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit service options throughout all nine municipalities of York Region.  Over 80 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel.  More than 18.2 million riders used YRT/Viva services in 2007, with nearly 73,000 trips made on average each day between Monday and Friday. 
 
For more information about YRT/Viva services, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). 
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell: 905 251-6419
 Email:  michael.kemp@york.ca

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