October 13, 2008
Media Release

Warm up with YRT/Viva from October 14th to 16th

YRT/Viva staff to greet riders with hot drinks during first week of returned Viva service
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is warming up YRT/Viva commuters with a hot chocolate/coffee giveaway and personal message of thanks between Tuesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 16th following the return of Viva service this weekend.
 
During morning and afternoon rush hours, YRT/Viva staff will be stationed at terminals and busy intersections throughout the Region to offer a warm pick-me-up and thank customers for their
patience during the Viva strike, as well as their continued support and ridership.
 
DATE:     Tuesday, October 14th
 
TIME and LOCATION:   7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  Richmond Hill Centre Terminal           
Highway 7 and Yonge Street (beside Silver City Cinema)
Town of Richmond Hill
  *Media Spokesperson will be present at this location
 
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Finch GO Bus Terminal
5697 Yonge Street, North York
*Media Spokesperson will be present at this location
 
BACKGROUND:
 
Viva service resumed this weekend after Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 operators reached an agreement with Veolia Transportation on Friday, October 10th.
 
Veolia Transportation Inc. is under contract to The Regional Municipality of York to provide Viva bus rapid transit service.  Viva services have been unavailable since Thursday, September 25th when operators represented by ATU Local 113 rejected a tentative deal and went on strike.
 
All Viva and YRT routes are now operating on regular schedules.
 
Viva provides five bus rapid transit routes along major York Region corridors, including Yonge Street and Highway 7, with links to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway at Don Mills, Finch and Downsview Station.  Approximately 160 Veolia operators and 90 Viva vehicles provide service to 35,000 boardings each weekday and 29,000 boardings each weekend.
 
For more information, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). 
 
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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
 Email:  Kim.MacGillivray@york.ca

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