May 8, 2008
Media Release

YRT/Viva Bus Roadeo drives up friendly competition

YRT/Viva bus operators compete in local skills competition for chance to shine internationally
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is holding the Inaugural York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva Bus Roadeo on Sunday, May 11th.  This event will provide YRT/Viva operators an opportunity to showcase their safe driving expertise through a series of skills competitions. 
The Bus Roadeo champion will represent York Region in the 2009 American Public Transit Association (APTA) Bus Roadeo in Seattle, Washington.
When:      Sunday, May 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:     Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park      
      1300 Elgin Mills Road East (Leslie Street and Elgin Mills Road), Town of Richmond Hill
What:       Opening Ceremony, Bus Roadeo and family activities
 10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Opening ceremony parade, singing of National Anthem
 10:10 a.m to 10:30 a.m. Opening ceremony remarks
 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bus Roadeo
 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m YRT/Viva staff barbecue and family activities
 1:30 p.m to 2 p.m.   Awards ceremony for top three drivers
 Brenda Hogg, Regional Councillor, Town of Richmond Hill
 Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, Commissioner, York Region Transportation Services
 Don Gordon, General Manager, York Region Transit
YRT/Viva operators are trained professionals who bring safe, friendly and reliable transit service to York Region streets.  The YRT/Viva Bus Roadeo is a fun, interactive way for operators to showcase their abilities and receive recognition for their hard work.
Together, four York Region contracted service providers employ more than 600 operators to provide YRT/Viva service.  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. 
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.  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). 
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Media Contact: Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412

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