February 18, 2011
Media Release

ATU Local 113 members strike against Veolia Transportation as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

York Region Transit routes primarily in the City of Vaughan, and some routes in Towns of Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Markham and Township of King are affected
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NEWMARKET- The Regional Municipality of York advises residents that Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 members will invoke their right to strike against Veolia Transportation Services Canada at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

ATU Local 113, the same Local that represents the TTC, and Veolia Transportation returned to the bargaining table earlier today to continue contract negotiations for York Region Transit’s (YRT) Southwest Division.  However, talks have broken down and the two parties were unable to reach an agreement. 

YRT contracts all of its operation of public transit services to the private sector and the TTC.  As a result, York Region does not directly employ bus operators.  Veolia Transportation is one of four private contractors that provide transit services for York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva. 
 
York Region’s contract with Veolia Transportation for its Southwest Division includes 24 YRT routes operating primarily in the City of Vaughan, and some routes in the Towns of Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora and Markham and the Township of King.
 
Approximately 214 unionized Veolia operators and mechanics and 131 YRT vehicles provide service to nearly 28,000 daily weekday riders in YRT’s Southwest Division.

All Viva Rapid Transit routes will continue to operate.  YRT service in areas affected by the strike that is operated by other contractors, including routes within Vaughan, will also continue to run.

For more information on alternate routes, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (1-866-668-3978).
Beginning Tuesday morning, YRT/Viva Transit Inspectors and Customer Information Representatives will be on-site at busy transit locations throughout the Region to assist customers and provide trip planning guidance and has extended its Customer Service Centre hours to assist callers in planning alternate routes.
 
Throughout the strike, customers are encouraged to make alternate travel arrangements such as:
• Car pooling; Smart Commute offers a carpool matching service at www.carpoolzone.ca
• Alternate route arrangements
• Use of north/south TTC routes operating in York Region
• to connect to and from the Toronto subway system
• Brampton Transit’s Züm
 
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services throughout all nine municipalities in York Region.  More than 120 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 2010, with an average of 73,000 boardings made each weekday.
 
 

Backgrounder

ATU Local 113 members strike against Veolia Transportation as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

York Region Transit routes primarily in the City of Vaughan, and some routes in Towns of Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Markham and Township of King are affected

York Region Transit (YRT) routes that will be affected in YRT’s Southwest Division:

Transit routes that are not affected by the strike include:

School Special or regular YRT service operating to and from high schools that will be affected by the strike in YRT’s Southwest Division:


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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