Media Release

January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 Two months free transit for YRT/Viva riders will begin when buses return to service on Saturday, February 4

The Regional Municipality of York pledges free service on ALL YRT/Viva routes February 4 through March 31
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York is offering two months of free transit service to any rider who uses any YRT/Viva route in York Region, beginning Saturday, February 4, 2012 until Saturday, March 31, 2012.
In a commitment pledged by Regional Council last December to return strike savings back to taxpayers, the eight weeks of free transit service will benefit everyone affected during the labour dispute that disrupted YRT/Viva.
For those never experiencing transit in York Region, this incentive plan offers the perfect opportunity to experience the comfort and convenience of our YRT/Viva system.
“I realize the hardship encountered by our riders, parents, students and our seniors during this labour dispute between the Region’s contractors and the unions. Commuting without transit has not been easy,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Council has previously promised at least a month of free transit, and we are able to double that commitment to our valued riders.”
No form of currency, tickets or passes will be required to ride YRT/Viva between February 4 and March 31. Residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home and let someone else take the wheel. Free rides also apply to Dial-a-Ride, Mobility Plus, TTC routes operating in York Region and GO Route 69 ??" Sutton GO Bus.
If you have already purchased a monthly pass for February 2012, it will be honoured during the month of April or can be returned for a full refund at YRT/Viva’s head office (50 High Tech Road, Town of Richmond Hill).
“If you used our buses before, we’re welcoming you back,” added Chairman Fisch. “And if you have never experienced transit in York Region before, the next two months are a great opportunity to give it a try.”
Modified service will resume Saturday, February 4 with a regular weekend schedule, while 96 per cent of YRT/Viva customers will have a route available to them as of Monday, February 6, including all school specials.
Attached Fact Sheet provides overview of YRT/Viva routes available as of Saturday, February 4, 2012.
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  and Residents can also follow York Region on Twitter @YorkRegionGovt and Facebook
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region

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