Media Release

September 20, 2012

Service reliability, efficiency focus of 2013 YRT/Viva Service Plan

Approved 2013 YRT/Viva Service Plan outlines Region-wide service adjustments to better serve riders
York Regional Council today approved the 2013 YRT/Viva Annual Service Plan, outlining 41 region-wide service adjustments for next year.  The plan includes a number of measures to improve service reliability and efficiency for a growing YRT/Viva ridership while keeping operating costs as low as possible.
In 2013, YRT/Viva will re-align and restructure routes to make service more efficient for riders, as well as match service to demand, reduce service duplication and eliminate under-utilized routes to make the best use of resources. In areas where service has been eliminated due to duplication, additional transit options remain available for riders.
Highlights of the 2013 YRT/Viva Service Plan include:
• Route 51 – Keswick Local will be restructured to provide service along Woodbine Avenue, with service discontinued along The Queensway served by Route 50 – Queensway. Midday service frequency will be improved.
• Route 90/90B – Leslie will be adjusted to end service at Elgin Mills Road providing more efficient north-south service.
• Route 80 – Elgin Mills will be introduced to provide Monday to Saturday service along Elgin Mills Drive between Woodbine Avenue and Bathurst Street, providing a new transit option to connect the Cathedral Town subdivision to Yonge Street.
• Route 85/85A – Rutherford/16th Avenue will be realigned to provide service from Bathurst Street to Markham Stouffville Hospital on Route 85 and Yonge Street to Napa Valley Avenue on branch 85A. The 85B branch will be discontinued and replaced with Route 21 – Vellore Local and Route 244 – Beaver Creek. Adjustments will improve overall service reliability for riders.
• Viva orange service will be adjusted to provide rush-hour only service between York University and Downsview Station, removing duplication of service with TTC Route 196 – York University Rocket during off-peak periods.
The 2013 Service Plan was finalized following consultation with residents, riders and community stakeholders throughout 2012. Full details will be communicated to residents as service changes rollout next year. The complete 2013 Service Plan can also be viewed online at
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 Regions of Peel and Durham. Year-end projections predict YRT/Viva ridership will exceed 21 million riders in 2012.
For more information about YRT/Viva services, please visit the YRT/Viva website at or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). 
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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1209  Cell: 905-251-6412

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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