September 30, 2008
Media Release

York Region seeks court injunction against ATU Local 113 in effort to ease rush hour delays and relieve traffic safety concerns

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York will seek an injunction today from the Superior Court of Justice against Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 in an effort to ease rush hour delays experienced by commuters on York Region Transit (YRT) routes at Finch Station and other terminals. 
The commuter delays are a result of service blockages which have occurred during the ATU's ongoing strike against Veolia Transportation Inc.
York Region has made efforts to accommodate the ATU's legal right to picket during the strike that began September 25th, while also ensuring the comfort and safety of our passengers and the general public.  During weekday rush hour periods, YRT buses have been illegally blocked from entering and exiting Finch Station and other terminals, causing delays of more than 70 minutes and unsafe traffic conditions. 
The Region has been unsuccessful in maintaining a high level of service to our customers, despite attempts to relieve the blockages caused by ATU Local 113.  In an effort to ensure the continued safety and comfort of passengers, York Region will be requesting an injunction to prevent further illegal blockages and
unreasonable delays.
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 have been on strike since Thursday, September 25th after rejecting a tentative collective agreement reached between the union and Veolia Transportation Inc.
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.
For more information, 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 MacGillivray, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
Media Contact: Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 1235 or Cell: 905 715-8211

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