December 16, 2008

Welcome the New Year with free YRT/Viva service


YRT/Viva offers complimentary New Year’s Eve service for eighth consecutive year


NEWMARKET – To provide residents with a reliable and convenient travel option on New Year’s Eve, The Regional Municipality of York will offer complimentary York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva rides starting at       7 p.m. on December 31st until the early hours of New Year’s Day. 


This marks the eighth consecutive year York Region has offered Complimentary New Year’s Eve service to YRT/Viva riders.


“We are committed to working with York Region residents to make our roads safe throughout the year,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Offering free YRT/Viva rides to those celebrating on New Year’s Eve provides a safe alternative to driving and also demonstrates our support of York Regional Police in reducing alcohol-related incidents on our roads.”


The complimentary New Year's Eve service is available on all YRT/Viva, TTC and Brampton transit routes operating within York Region, starting at 7:00 p.m. on December 31st.  Extended late evening service will be available on select routes until approximately 3 a.m.  Complimentary Mobility Plus rides after 7 p.m. will also be available for registered Mobility Plus users.


“It is a smart choice to not mix alcohol and driving,” said York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge.  “You are protecting yourself and your community by refusing to get into a vehicle driven by an impaired driver and insisting your friends make a wise choice, including using free YRT/Viva service.”


On Wednesday, December 31st, YRT/Viva will be operating on a regular weekday schedule with some minor schedule adjustments.  On Thursday, January 1st, YRT/Viva will be operating on a Sunday service schedule. 


Riders are encouraged to visit the YRT/Viva website at or contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978) to confirm route and schedule information.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit


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Media Contact:         Rohit Jajoo, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1207

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