June 10, 2009
Media Release

YRT,Viva operators to battle for Bus Roadeo Champion

YRT/Viva bus operators compete in local skills competition for chance to compete in the U.S.
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is hosting the 2nd Annual York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva Bus Roadeo on Sunday, June 14th to highlight the skills of our highly-trained bus operators.  Operators will compete in a series of driving events vying for the title of Bus Roadeo Champion and the opportunity to represent York Region at the 2010 American Public Transit Association (APTA) Bus Roadeo in                Cleveland, Ohio.
 
WHEN:      Sunday, June 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
WHERE:   Richmond Green Sports Centre     
      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 10:30 a.m. – Opening ceremony remarks, singing of O’Canada
• 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
 
SPEAKERS:
• David Barrow, Mayor, Town of Richmond Hill
• Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, Commissioner, York Region Transportation Services
• Don Gordon, General Manager, York Region Transit
 
BACKGROUND:
 
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 700 operators to provide YRT/Viva service.  YRT/Viva’s bus fleet is large and growing, including over 420 YRT, Viva and Mobility Plus vehicles.
 
More than 120 YRT/Viva 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 19 million riders used YRT/Viva services in 2008, with an average of 90,000 boardings made each weekday.
 
For more information about YRT/Viva, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). 
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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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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