June 25, 2009
Media Release

York Region approves new transit street furniture guidelines
New guidelines will direct RFPs for design and supply, installation and maintenance

– York Regional Council today approved new transit street furniture guidelines to improve York Region Transit (YRT) furniture appearance and consistency throughout The Regional Municipality of York.  A Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued for street furniture design using the new guidelines, followed by a second RFP for the supply, installation and maintenance of the updated street furniture.
“As our YRT/Viva network continues to grow, we must ensure the prominent and consistent appearance of transit furniture throughout York Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This new direction will allow us to successfully move forward to create an enhanced transit presence in our communities for the benefit of both riders and residents.”
The new Coordinated Street Furniture Urban Design Guidelines document incorporates existing Regional design policies with new contemporary design elements.  Together, they will link the appearance of street furniture, including transit shelters, benches and waste/recycling containers with each other and the surrounding community.  The guidelines include a focus on comfort, safety, accessibility, local municipality identification opportunities and reduced advertising clutter.
“York Region has always been forward-thinking when it comes to our transit system design,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region’s Transit Committee.  “An updated street furniture program demonstrates to our residents, communities and visitors that we are a transit-friendly and transit-focused community.”
A cost of $200,000 is estimated for the preliminary street furniture design.  The total projected capital and operating maintanence value of the street furniture program is approximately $42 million over the 15-year advertising contract term.  As a program that generates revenue, it is expected that the street furniture program will ultimately be delivered at no cost to the Region.
YRT/Viva has more than 4,500 bus stops throughout York Region.  Over 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 services, 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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