June 8, 2011
Media Release

YRT/Viva bus operators compete for Bus Roadeo Champion title

Winner of local skills competition advances to compete in international competition
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York is hosting the 4th Annual York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva Bus Roadeo on Sunday, June 12 highlighting the skills of our highly-trained bus operators.  Vying for the title of Bus Roadeo Champion and the opportunity to represent York Region at the 2012 American Public Transit Association (APTA) Bus Roadeo in Long Beach, California, operators will showcase their skills through a series of driving events.
WHEN:      Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE:   Richmond Green Sports Centre     
       1300 Elgin Mills Road East (Leslie Street and Elgin Mills Road), Town of Richmond Hill
WHAT:      Opening Ceremony, Bus Roadeo and family activities
• 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Opening ceremony remarks, singing of O’Canada
• 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Bus Roadeo, YRT/Viva staff barbecue and Family Fun Zone activities
• 1:30 p.m to 2 p.m. -  Bus Roadeo Competition Awards Ceremony
• Brenda Hogg, Regional Councillor, Town of Richmond Hill
• Richard Leary, General Manager, York Region Transit
• Ann Marie Carroll, Operations Manager, York Region Transit
YRT/Viva operators are trained professionals who bring safe, friendly and reliable transit service to York Region streets.  The YRT/Viva Bus Roadeo is a fun, interactive way for operators to showcase their abilities and receive recognition for their hard work.
Four York Region contracted service providers employ approximately 800 operators to provide YRT/Viva service.  YRT/Viva’s bus fleet is large and growing, including more than 440 YRT, Viva and Mobility Plus vehicles.
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.
YRT/Viva has experienced significant ridership gains in the first four months of 2011, reporting a 10.5-per cent increase when compared to the same time frame in 2010.  If this trend continues, YRT/Viva will surpass 21 million riders in 2011.
For more information about YRT/Viva, 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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