June 22, 2010
Media Release

Check your schedule: YRT/Viva summer service changes on the way

More than 40 Region-wide service adjustments planned, effective June 27
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will introduce more than 40 York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva summer service changes, effective Sunday, June 27.  Residents are advised to use the YRT/Viva website and Customer Service Centre to stay informed and plan ahead.
 
Service changes include the introduction of Viva blue “A” service, providing faster connections between the Town of Newmarket and the City of Toronto.  Viva blue “A” will operate five new trips in the morning and afternoon rush hours between Newmarket GO Bus Terminal and Finch GO Bus Terminal, bypassing Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.
 
All Viva routes and YRT Routes 4/4A, 20, 23, 54, 85 A/B, 88 A/E, 90/90B and 91 A/B/E will undergo schedule adjustments to better reflect actual trip times and ensure improved on-time service.  All High School Specials and school service trips are discontinued for the summer and will resume in September.
 
YRT Route 520/521 Newmarket Community Bus will be extended to three new locations at 155 Main Street, Tom Taylor Place and Magna Centre.
 
Many other routes and schedules will be adjusted to better serve riders throughout York Region.  Complete service change details and updated schedules are available online at www.yrt.ca under Service Changes.
 
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.  Over 18 million riders used YRT/Viva services               in 2009.
 
YRT/Viva experienced significant ridership gains in each of the first four months of 2010, with year-to-date growth from 2009 to 2010 up 5.3 per cent.
 
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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