August 17, 2010
Media Release

Free YRT/Viva service for Veterans on Warriors' Day

August 21 Families of deceased veterans are also welcome to take transit free-of-charge
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will be offering complimentary YRT/Viva and YRT Mobility Plus transit services to war veterans and immediate families of deceased veterans on Warriors’ Day, Saturday, August 21, 2010.
 
Veterans and one companion, as well as immediate families of deceased veterans, can travel all day, system-wide without charge.  Those wishing to use YRT Mobility Plus service must be registered Mobility Plus users.
 
Veterans can identify themselves to YRT/Viva drivers and fare inspectors by showing uniforms, medals, berets and blazers.  The immediate family of a deceased veteran may identify themselves with documents, including an identification card or service papers.
 
Warriors’ Day was established in 1921 through the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).  The Warriors’ Day parade often marks the opening of the CNE and is an opportunity to remember fallen heroes who served bravely in Canada’s military services defending the freedom of all Canadians. 
 
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:   Michelle McEwan, Communications Specialist, York Region
                        Phone:  905 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
                        Email:  michelle.mcewan@york.ca

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