June 19, 2008
Media Release

More YRT,Viva security cameras on the way

York Region expands security camera program to all YRT/Viva and Mobility Plus vehicles
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today approved the extension of the existing York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva on-board security camera program to outfit all remaining and new vehicles with state-of-the-art security equipment.  The extension follows the initial program launch last fall.
 
“The security of our passengers is our primary goal,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Our commitment to providing a safe and reliable transit service involves taking proactive measures such as installing security cameras on all YRT/Viva and Mobility Plus vehicles.”
 
Security camera installation has been completed on 150 YRT/Viva vehicles, with another 210 installations beginning this summer.  This final implementation stage will ensure all new YRT/Viva vehicles and Mobility Plus contracted sedans and taxis are equipped with cameras.  The cost of the final phase of the program is approximately $468,000.  The complete program cost to equip the entire YRT/Viva and Mobility Plus fleet is approximately $1.8 million.
 
“York Regional Council and staff are proud of our vibrant and dynamic transit system,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region’s Transit Committee.  “Investing in fleet-wide security keeps our passengers comfortable and safe when riding YRT/Viva and Mobility Plus.”
 
York Region will also spend an additional $192,000 to integrate the on-board security cameras with the existing computer-aided dispatch and automatic vehicle location system and YRT/Viva dispatch/control centre.  The enhancements will ensure remote security camera preview capability in case of emergency.
 
Security cameras are a deterrence to vandalism and a source of evidence in the event of an incident.  The on-board security cameras will work in conjunction with previous safety initiatives such as surveillance at terminals, Fare Enforcement officers that patrol the system during all service hours, as well as options such as Request Stop, that allows riders to exit the bus between stops.
 
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.  More than 80 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel. 
 
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:      Ava Baccari, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1207, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Email: ava.baccari@york.ca

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