May 20, 2010
Media Release

New look for York Region Transit street furniture on the way

Council-approved designs will reach a stop near you in 2011
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has approved a new look for York Region Transit (YRT) street furniture to update the appearance of transit stops Region-wide and offer more features for customers. 
 
With the new look in place, the project will move forward with the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the supply, installation, maintenance and advertising opportunities for a 15-year term.
 
“Many stakeholders participated in the selection of the new YRT street furniture designs and we are very pleased with the results,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “What residents can expect to see beginning in 2011 is a unified, modern and accessible look that will complement our local communities and serve YRT riders Region-wide.”
 
Kramer Design Associates was awarded a contract in fall 2009 to produce YRT street furniture designs that were aesthetically-pleasing, high quality, durable, functional, accessible and safe.  During February and March 2010, draft designs were presented to stakeholders, including local municipalities, Regional staff, manufacturers, media operators and the public. Comments gathered were applied to the final designs.
 
“Updated YRT street furniture is good news for everyone – it looks great in your neighbourhood and it provides updated comfort and accessibility features for riders,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services Committee.  “The new changes will enhance more than 1,000 bus stops throughout the Region, making a noticeable improvement we can all appreciate.”
 
New YRT street furniture could begin appearing throughout the Region as early as fall 2011.  Updated furniture elements include transit shelters, benches, bike racks, waste/recycling receptacles, newspaper and publication boxes, schedule display cases and community information kiosks.  The new look will ensure a consistent and appealing transit presence that enhances public spaces in all municipalities.
 
It is expected the supply and maintenance of the street furniture program will be delivered at no cost to the Region as advertising opportunities will offset costs.  For more information on the street furniture project and to view the approved designs, please visit www.yrt.ca/facilities/streetfurniture.asp 
 
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.
 
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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