March 4, 2008
Media Advisory

YRT/Viva Snow Angels take to York Region streets to share the warmth of transit with customers


Snow Angels' acts of kindness demonstrate transit beats driving this winter


NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is encouraging residents to consider the convenience of transit during the final weeks of the winter season. 


York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva "Snow Angels" took to the streets this week, armed with hot chocolate and shovels to bail out frozen commuters.


For riders already recognizing the benefits of YRT/Viva, Snow Angels will be offering complimentary hot chocolate along YRT/Viva routes.  To help those choosing to drive, Snow Angels will be shovelling driveways and offering complimentary YRT/Viva tickets for taking transit next time. 


When:       March 5, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.


Where:      Winding Lane (Clark Avenue and Bathurst Street residential area),

                  City of Vaughan

                  Various residential driveways


Who:         YRT/Viva Snow Angels


What:        Snow shovelling and hot chocolate giveaway




Public transit options such as YRT/Viva have been shown to ease commuting stress.  By leaving the driving to someone else, YRT/Viva riders can read, chat

with a friend, listen to music or just relax.  With the help of the Snow Angels, existing riders will realize they have made the right choice and new riders will be

inspired to forgo the stressful winter driving commute.


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.  Nearly 400 vehicles will make up the YRT/Viva fleet in 2008, including five diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.  Pending final budget approval, all 90 Viva vehicles will be powered with a bio-diesel fuel blend in 2008.


For more information about YRT/Viva, please visit the YRT/Viva website at or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). 


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

Media Contact:         Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412


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