November 9, 2009
Media Release

Veterans ride YRT/Viva free on Remembrance Day

Complimentary transit also provided for families of deceased veterans on November 11th
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is offering complimentary YRT/Viva service to veterans and immediate family members of deceased veterans on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11th.  Complimentary Mobility Plus rides will also be offered to registered Mobility Plus riders.
 
Veterans and one companion, as well as immediate family members of deceased veterans, may travel all day, system-wide without charge. 
 
Veterans can identify themselves to YRT/Viva drivers and fare inspectors by showing any of the following items: uniforms, medals, berets and blazers.  Immediate family members of deceased veterans may identify themselves with documents, including an identification card or service papers.
 
All YRT/Viva passengers will experience a two-minute “wave of silence” at 11 a.m. while travelling on November 11th.  During this observance, all YRT/Viva vehicles will stop at the nearest safe intersection for a moment of reflection.
 
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services throughout all nine municipalities in York Region.  More than 90 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in the City of Toronto and Peel Region.  More than 18.5 million riders used YRT/Viva services in 2008, with nearly 86,000 trips made on average each weekday. 
 
For more information regarding 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). 
 
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Media Contact: Michelle Dudzik, Corporate Communications, York Region
                      Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1209  /  Cell: 905 716-0994
                      Email: michelle.dudzik@york.ca

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