September 25, 2008

ATU Local 113 members on strike against Veolia Transportation; no Viva service in operation


Union members reject tentative contract agreement from Veolia Transportation Inc.


NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York advises residents all Viva services are not in operation as of 5 a.m. this morning due to an Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 operator strike against Veolia Transportation Inc.


All Viva services are discontinued for the duration of the strike.


Veolia Transportation Inc. is under contract to The Regional Municipality of York to provide Viva bus rapid transit service.  Veolia operators represented by ATU Local 113 voted to strike, after a tentative contract offer was rejected yesterday.


Residents are advised to use the York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva website or contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978 to stay informed about this situation and plan ahead.


Viva riders are advised to seek YRT services or arrange alternate modes of transportation, such as carpooling.  Smart Commute offers a carpool matching service at


YRT will continue to operate all other services under the current schedules.


YRT/Viva Transit Inspectors and Customer Information Representatives will be available at busy locations throughout York Region to assist customers and provide trip planning guidance.  Additional staff will be on duty at the YRT/Viva Customer Service Centre to assist callers, and hours will be extended as needed throughout the strike period.


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.


For more information, 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


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Media Contact:      Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
                                Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419


Media Contact:      Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region
                                Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1235 or Cell 905 715-8211

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