Phased-in return of service will begin next week with Route 98 and Route 55
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council today awarded a new operations and maintenance contract to TOK Transit Limited for the operation of YRT/Viva’s North Division starting February 4 with a complete phased-in return of service over the coming weeks.
Starting Saturday, February 4, Route 98 on Yonge Street between the Towns of Newmarket and Richmond Hill and Route 55 on Davis Drive in the Town of Newmarket will begin operating. Additional routes will be phased-in over the following weeks.
“York Region has approved a new contract with an experienced transit contractor to begin restoring North Division service,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “We are pleased to be moving forward in partnership with TOK Transit Limited to get our buses in northern York Region back on the road and serving the riders who need them.”
The four-year contract was awarded to TOK Transit Limited based on experience, cost competitiveness and ability to begin immediate reintroduction of North Division service. York Region will lease its transit facility at 18106 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket to TOK Transit Limited for the duration of their contract and invest up to $750,000 on facility improvements. Total estimated contract costs are $46,055,925, excluding fuel and taxes, with up to an additional $1 million contributed by the Region over the life of the contract for vehicle maintenance.
TOK Transit Limited is a subsidiary of Tokmakjian Inc., service provider for YRT/Viva’s Southwest Division between 2003 and 2010, and operator for Vaughan Transit prior to YRT amalgamation in 2001.
To begin restoring service options to riders during the ongoing dispute, York Region terminated its contract on January 16 with First Canada, operator of 29 YRT/Viva routes in northern York Region. First Canada was awarded the North Division contract in June 2003 with its current contract set to expire June 27, 2012.
Operators represented by ATU Local 113 vote today on a tentative agreement reached Tuesday, January 24 with York BRT Services. Miller Transit and ATU Local 1587 resumed talks today following ongoing negotiations this week. The YRT/Viva strike began October 24, 2011 between ATU Local 1587, ATU Local 113 and YRT/Viva contracted operators Miller Transit, First Canada and York BRT Services.
York Region does not have the contractual right to order the parties to arbitration in this dispute, and Regional Council has been clear in its position not to request back-to-work legislation from the Provincial Government or support binding arbitration as a means to end the YRT/Viva strike.
YRT/Viva continues to assist transit riders with travel options through the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). Ongoing updates are available on www.yrt.ca
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