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Wed, Nov. 12th, 2008, 09:01 am
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Sat, Apr. 21st, 2007, 10:34 pm
icyfire99: (no subject)

Does anyone else think that they should raise the maximum fine for not paying on the VIVA?

why I think this?
well, any improvements to the system, expansions, or even the continuation depends on the success of the current system. There are far too many ppl that don't pay up, and it's partially because they only get charged $155! That's pathetic. Anyway, it bugs me! Am i just being a pain in the ass or am I trying to stand up in correcting a cheating and whining group of citizens?

Tue, Jan. 23rd, 2007, 08:41 pm
icyfire99: (no subject)

Ok, I fully support public transportation, but some days I've been pretty irritated.

The VIVA bus machines at various stops often don't tell you the right # of minutes till the bus is going to arrive/depart. At Mccowan and Hwy 7 on the Purple, I stand waiting for more than 15 minutes very often. The machine will often say 3 minutes and go to 1 minute and go back up to 3, sometimes it goes back up to something higher like 10 minutes. Honestly... I don't understand what is going on! I used to trust the time it said, but now I don't anymore. Even if it says 26 minutes, I don't go get a coffee from the tim hortons across the street, because 26 minutes could be more like 5 minutes, or vice versa!

Do you think I have right to comment on this and make them aware that it irritates users? I know it is not just me, people have been quite angry waiting for the bus and looking at the flip flopping time listed.


UPDATE FEB 2 2007
So I left a comment through the VIVA website and received confirmation of my comments the day after. This week I received an email from a support staff individual with questions about my comments and such. I was impressed that I got a HUMAN response! lol. Kudos to VIVA.

- Christine

Mon, May. 1st, 2006, 01:40 pm
gm_v: (no subject)

False alarm. Viva pink will continue to operate in full operation during the summer meaning there will be no cut backs to service or have it terminated for the summer. This rumour was spread and thought to be accurate due to many Viva drivers during their sign up had a misunderstanding because of the way the crew guides were given. This lead to many believeing that Viva Pink would have been cut. Normally info taken from one driver is rumour but when it is many drivers they generally do become true. Thankfully in this case it isn't. Sorry for the cause of concern.

YRT fleet update:

- 30 New Flyer D40LF will be arriving somepoint during the year for YRT. They should be sporting the new redesigned front not like the current D40LFs like 311-335, 401-412, 571-585, 601-609.
- 6 Van Hool AG300s will be arriving this year to improve service for Viva Blue.
- YRT's oldest bus Ex-Brampton 7526 has been refurbished and will continue service due to the new blue roofline it received. This guarantees 2 New Looks will survive during 2006.
- The Markham livery(dirty brown) Orion Is are likely to be retired after the D40LF delivery.

Wed, Apr. 19th, 2006, 10:26 pm
gm_v: Viva Pink's cancellation

There are rumors spreading that Viva Pink, Viva's 3rd most used route will be cancelled during the summer. This comes as a surprise to me since this is not a route that was lagging like Green and Orange. The fact it goes from Finch to Unionville GO made it a good route to increase frequency on some of the more busier parts of Blue and Purple. As a result of this route's cancellation Viva drivers will be layed off. I myself don't understand why YRT has decided to cut this route. If you frequently take Viva Pink its best you try and fight YRT against this supposed cancellation. From the service changes theres also no indication that Route 1 will return to its original routing to Finch should Pink be cut. This will essentially force you to take Blue and Purple which is a major inconvience compared to taking a single route like Pink and Route 1.

Thu, Mar. 30th, 2006, 09:14 pm
gm_v: Service Changes effective March 30

Viva rapid transit service

blue

* Minor adjustments to first and last departure times

purple

* Minor adjustments to first and last departure times.
* Southbound trips will be discontinued during the weekday a.m. peak from Martin Grove to York University before 6:55 a.m. and after 8:30 a.m.
* Southbound trips will be discontinued during the weekday p.m. peak before 3:05 p.m. and after 5:45 p.m.
* Northbound trips will be discontinued during the weekday a.m. peak from York University to Martin Grove after 8:45 a.m.

pink

* Minor adjustments to first and last departure times.

orange - Martin Grove/York U/Downsview Station

* Minor adjustments to first and last departure times.

green - McCowan/Enterprise/Seneca/Don Mills Station

* Minor adjustments to first and last departure times.
* Southbound trips will be discontinued during the weekday p.m. peak from McCowan to Unionville GO Station after 7:00 p.m.



YRT ROUTE & SCHEDULE CHANGES

Route 1 - Hwy 7

* Route 1 - Hwy 7 will be re-structured to operate between the Markham-Stouffville Hospital and the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal at Yonge Street and Highway 7.
* Service between Highway 7 and the GO Finch Bus Terminal, via Yonge Street and via Bayview Avenue, will be discontinued due to a shift in ridership patterns from Route 1 to Viva purple, Viva green and Viva pink routes.
* Service on Silver Linden Drive will be discontinued in both directions.
* Service frequency will be adjusted to operate every 15-20 minutes during weekday peak periods, every 30 minutes during off-peak periods, and every 60 minutes the evenings.
* On Saturdays service will operate a 30 minute frequency during the day and 60 minutes during the evenings.
* Sunday/holiday service will operate on a 60 minute frequency all day.

Westbound Routing

* Westbound routing will operate west on Highway 7, north/east on the Bayview Avenue ramp, north on Bayview Avenue, west on High Tech Road, south on Red Maple Road, west on Highway 7, north on the Highway 7/Yonge Street connector road to the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.
* Transfers between Route 1 and Route 91-Bayview can be made at Bayview Avenue and High Tech Road.

Eastbound Routing

* Eastbound routing will operate from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal, west on the Highway 7/Yonge Street connector road, north on Yonge Street, east on High Tech Road, south on Bayview Avenue, west/south on the Bayview ramp to Highway 7, east on Highway 7.

Langstaff GO Station Connections

Eastbound trips

* Three p.m. Route 1 trips will divert via Red Maple Road to the Langstaff GO Station.
* Passengers may board at the YRT platform in the north parking lot.

Westbound trips

* All a.m. westbound trips will operate on Red Maple Road and use the on-street bus stop, not the YRT platform.

New Transfer Options

* Customers boarding the Route 1 in Markham between Markham-Stouffville Hospital and McCowan Road, destined for the TTC subway, can transfer onto Viva green at McCowan Road in weekday peak periods for service to Don Mills Subway Station.
* Customers boarding between Warden Avenue and Yonge Street, destined for the TTC subway, can board Viva pink in weekday peak hours for service to GO Finch Bus Terminal (without a transfer at the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal).
* For continued travel from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal to GO Finch Bus Terminal, customers can transfer to Viva blue, Viva pink or Route 99 - Yonge.
* For weekday, peak period travel between GO Finch Bus Terminal and Markham, customers can also use YRT Express services, including Routes 300, 301, 302 and 303.

Route 2 - Milliken

* The Route 2 short-turn trip travelling to GO Finch Bus Terminal from Woodbine Avenue and John Street at 7:35 a.m. will be discontinued.
* The Route 2 trip departing GO Finch Bus Terminal at 6:30 p.m. will be adjusted to depart at 6:25 p.m.
* This adjusted trip will divert via Old Kennedy Road to pick-up GO Train riders at the Old Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue bus stop.

Route 3 - Thornhill-York University

* Supplemental service between Promenade Terminal and York University will be discontinued.

Route 4 - Major Mackenzie

* Seasonal service into Paramount Canada's Wonderland resumes.
* Route 4A will not operate directly into the park, but will provide service to the intersection of Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive adjacent to the park.
* Route 4 will service the Platform 1 bus stop located near the employee entrance.
* Minor schedule adjustments between Keele Street and Jane Street due to routing changes.
* Service to/from the park will occur on westbound trips only.
* Customers departing the park will ride the bus on the south loop via Jane Street, Melville Avenue, Major Mackenzie Drive and north on Jane Street to resume regular eastbound routing.

Route 7 - Martin Grove

* On weekdays after approximately 3:00 p.m., existing layovers at Martin Grove Road and Highway 27 will be relocated to take place at the intersection of Martin Grove Road and Langstaff Road.

Route 8 - Kennedy Rd

* New Unionville GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

Route 9/9A - Stouffville

* New Stouffville GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

Route 10 - Woodbridge - York U.

* Weekday service will operate on a 45 minute service frequency during peak periods.

Route 18 - Bur Oak

* New Mount Joy GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

Route 20 - Jane-Concord

* Seasonal service into Paramount Canada's Wonderland resumes.
* Route 20 will service the bus stop located near the employee entrance.
* Northbound trips will operate from Platform 1.
* Southbound trips will operate from Platform 2.
* Minor schedule adjustments to accommodate revised routing.
* Two weekday trips operating via Caldari Road in Concord will be discontinued.

Route 22 - King City

* The weekday northbound trip departing King City GO Station at 6:02 p.m. will be scheduled to depart five minutes later at 6:07 p.m. to allow better connections with the 6:00 p.m. King City GO Train.

Route 31 - Aurora North

* The westbound 3:07 p.m. trip from Aurora High School will depart five minutes later at 3:12 p.m. on weekdays.
* Three westbound evening trips at 8:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. have been adjusted to depart five minutes later for better connections with Viva blue and Route 98 Yonge North at Yonge Street and Wellington Street.

Route 32 - Aurora South

* Due to the cancellation of the Route 423 G.W. Williams School Special, the southbound 3:16 p.m. trip departing Yonge Street and Murray Drive will now operate along Henderson Drive from Bathurst Street without diverting to Seneca College.
* The regular Route 32 schedule has been improved to service a bus stop at Murray Drive and Henderson Drive.

NEW Route 33 - Wellington -EFFECTIVE JUNE 5, 2006

* NEW Route 33 will operate on weekdays in Aurora on Wellington Street between Murray Drive and Leslie Street.
* Eastbound trips will terminate at the new State Farm Headquarters and westbound trips will loop from Wellington Street via McDonald Drive and Haida Drive.
* Full service will operate in peak hours, and limited service will be available during off peak hours between approximately 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m.
* Route 32 will provide access to the Aurora GO Station, the Aurora Recreation Centre, Route 98 -Yonge North, Route 54 -Bayview North and Viva blue.

Route 40 - Unionville Local

* New Centennial GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

Route 41 - Markham Local

* New Centennial GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

Route 56 - Gorham - Eagle

* The 6:55 p.m. westbound trip departing the 404 Town Centre Plaza will now operate on Harry Walker Parkway south of Davis Drive.
* Routing via Leslie Street will be discontinued.
* The 7:10 p.m. eastbound trip departing Newmarket GO Bus Terminal will now depart at 7:15 p.m. for improved connections with Route 55 - Davis Drive and Route 98 - Yonge North.

Route 58 - Leslie North

* NEW Route 58A - Leslie North via Mt AlbertRoute 58/58A - Leslie North will be re-structured to provide weekday service between the 404 Town Centre Plaza and Mount Albert via Sharon.
* New Branch 58A trips will operate from Sharon via Mount Albert Rd and loop via Royal Oaks Road, Elizabeth Street, Centre Street, and King Street.
* Some designated Route 58A trips will deviate to the Mount Albert IGA on Highway 48.
* Service frequency on the combined 58 and 58A service will be every 30 minutes to Sharon and every 120 minutes in Mt Albert.
* Service will operate between 5:50 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. with one late evening trip from the 404 Town Centre Plaza to Sharon and Mt Albert.
* Saturday service between 404 Town Centre Plaza and Sharon will be discontinued.

Route 83/83A - Trench

* The first 6:05 a.m. trip northbound from the Langstaff GO Station will depart five minutes earlier at 6:00 a.m. to connect with the first Viva purple trip departing Richmond Hill Centre Terminal at 6:07 a.m.

Route 87 - Langstaff - Maple

* Additional Route 87 trips will now operate into the Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and the Langstaff GO Station to improve connections with Viva and GO Train service.
* The 5:15 p.m. westbound trip departing Bayview Avenue and Bantry Avenue will depart five minutes later at 5:20 p.m.

Route 98 - Yonge North

* Route 98 late night service after 11:30 p.m. will be extended north from the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal to Green Lane via Yonge Street.

Route 99 - Yonge 'C'

* Saturday southbound trips departing Bernard Terminal after 12:00 midnight will be scheduled to depart 5-10 minutes later, with the last trip departing at 1:50 a.m.
* The last northbound trip from the GO FInch Bus Terminal will be scheduled to depart 10 minutes later, with the last trip departing at 2:25 a.m.
* Sunday southbound trips departing Bernard Terminal after 12:00 midnight will be scheduled to depart 5-6 minutes later, with the last trip departing at 1:21 a.m.

Route 98/99 - Yonge North/Yonge 'C'

* Late evening layovers between the Route 98 - Yonge North and Route 99 - Yonge have been adjusted to reduce wait time at Bernard Terminal.

Route 201 - Markham GO Shuttle

* New 7:18 p.m. trip.

Route 202 - Unionville GO Shuttle

* New 7:09 p.m. trip.

Route 224B - Woodbine Ave

* Route 224B service on Saturdays and Sundays/Holidays will be restructured to improve service between Denison Street and Steeles Avenue.
* Service will be extended to the Cathedral subdivision at Woodbine Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive.
* South-end routing will operate a clockwise loop from Woodbine Avenue, east on Denison Street, south on Esna Park Drive, west on Steeles Avenue, north on Victoria Park, west on Denison Street and north on Woodbine Avenue.
* Customers will be able to transfer to Viva green at the Esna-Steeles vivastation.
* Service will be discontinued on Steeles Avenue between Victoria Park Avenue and Woodbine Avenue, and also on Woodbine Avenue between Steeles Avenue and Denison Street.
* North-end routing will operate a clockwise loop from Major Mackenzie Drive, north on Woodbine Avenue, east on Vine Cliff Boulevard, south on Hazelton Avenue, west on Major Mackenzie Drive, and south on Woodbine Avenue.

Route 408 - Markham District High School

* The 3:05 p.m. trip departing Markham District High School will divert to Markham-Stouffville Hospital and become a regularly scheduled Route 1 - Hwy 7 trip terminating at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.
* Customers that require a transfer to the Route 91-Bayview service can transfer at Bayview Avenue and High Tech Road.
* Customers destined for the GO Finch Bus Terminal can transfer to Viva blue, Viva pink, or Route 99 Yonge at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.

Route 423 - G. W. Williams High School Special

* Route 423 will be discontinued due to low ridership.

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TTC IN YORK REGION ROUTE & SCHEDULE CHANGES

TTC 102D - Markham Rd. North

* New Markham GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

TTC Route 105 -Dufferin North

* Weekday, afternoon peak period service will be improved from every 16 minutes to every 13 minutes to reduce overcrowding.

TTC 129A - McCowan North

* New Centennial GO Train connections.
* No schedule changes.

TTC Route 165 - Weston Rd North - EFFECTIVE MAY 7

* Seasonal service into Paramount Canada's Wonderland resumes.
* Service will be extended into the park on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Sunday, May 7, 2006, to Sunday, October 8, 2006 as the 165A branch.
* Extended service will operate from approximately 9:35 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
* Route 165A will service Platform 2 at the bus stop near the employee entrance.

Mon, Feb. 27th, 2006, 07:45 pm
gm_v: Potential YRT strike by Miller Transit.

YRT service in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Richmond Hill may be affected if contract negotiations unsuccessful

Labour dispute between Miller Transit Ltd. and Amalgamated Transit Union
Some York Region Transit (YRT) routes in the Town of Markham, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Town of Richmond Hill may be affected if labour negotiations between Miller Transit Ltd. and members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) do not result in a new contract.

Miller Transit is one of four private companies that provide conventional and rapid transit operations and maintenance contracts for YRT and Viva. A contract vote is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2006. If the contract offer is not accepted, YRT service disruption may occur following 48 hours notice.

The contract with Miller Transit includes 46 routes – 24 routes operating in Markham and Whitchurch-Stouffville and 22 routes in Richmond Hill. The contract involves 138 YRT buses and 220 contracted bus operators, which carries nearly 16,000 riders of YRT’s 55,000 daily weekday passengers.

Transit routes not affected by this potential labour dispute include:

All 23 YRT routes in Newmarket, Aurora, King Township, East Gwillimbury and Georgina operated by Laidlaw Transit Ltd.
All 20 YRT routes in Vaughan operated by Canar / Tokmakjian Inc.
All five Viva Rapid Transit service routes operated by Connex Canada LT
All YRT Mobility Plus transit service
All 12 TTC routes operating in York Region
York Region remains optimistic that Miller Transit and the ATU can reach a contract agreement and maintain full transit service on YRT routes in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Richmond Hill.

Please see below for complete listing of all 46 routes in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Richmond Hill that may be affected in the event of a labour disruption.

Live transit updates are available weekday mornings on the A-Channel at 6:35 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 8:05 a.m. and 8:35 a.m.

YRT routes that may be affected during possible labour dispute between Miller Transit Ltd. and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

1 Highway 7
2 Milliken
2A 14th Avenue
40/41 * Unionville / Markham Local
8 Kennedy Road
9 Stouffville
18 Bur Oak
224B Woodbine Avenue (Weekends)
300 Business Express
301 Markham Express
302 Unionville Express
303 Cornell Express
201 Markham GO Shuttle
202 Unionville GO Shuttle
400 Brother Andre School Special
404 Father McGivney via Kennedy / Warden School Special
405 Father McGivney via Boxwood / Rouge Bank School Special
408 Markham District via Highway 7 School Special
409 Markham District via Bur Oak School Special
410 Markham District via 14th Avenue School Special
413 St. Robert via Green Lane School Special
414 St. Robert via Leslie School Special
416 Thornlea via Leslie School Special
445 St. Robert via Valleymede / Spadina School Special

82 Newkirk
83 Trench
85 * 16th Avenue / Rutherford
86 Weldrick
87 * Langstaff-Maple
88 * Bathurst
89 Richmond Hill Community Bus
90 Leslie
91 Bayview
240 Mill Pond GO Shuttle
241 Beverly Acres GO Shuttle
242 North Richvale GO Shuttle
243 Redstone GO Shuttle
440 Richmond Hill High School Special 1
440 St. Theresa Catholic High School Special 1
441 Richmond Hill High School Special 2
442 Bayview High School Special
444 Langstaff High School Special
444 Langstaff High School Special 2
446 St. Theresa Catholic High School Special 2
448 Richmond Hill High School Special 3
449 Richmond Green High School Special

Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2006, 11:03 am
gm_v: News update:

Just to let all users of YRT know, YRT fare has been increased to an additional 25 cents. You have until March 1, 2006 to use all of your old tickets. After this point YRT will not accept old tickets even with cash supplements. Do note that your old tickets can be changed to the brand new tickets for no additional cost until March 1, 2006. After March 1 you must pay the difference. Here are the locations you can change your tickets.

York Region Transit
50 High Tech Road, 5th Floor
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4N7

Town of Newmarket
Customer Service Department
395 Mulock Drive
Newmarket, ON L3Y 4X7
Telephone: (905) 895-5193
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

As for YRT bus news:

Most of the EZ-Riders(541-570) have entered service only 568-570 have not been sighted, if you are a regular user of Route 40 or 41 you will have noticed these new buses have become the staple bus of the local routes. The EZ-Riders have been allocated to each division so you will find them on your local routes no matter where you are in York Region.

As of now, the buses that are in danger of retiring next are the Orion VIs (2061-2067) and the New Flyer D40S (2068-2072). Both of these bus types have been considered as spares, the D40S are express only. Do not be surprised to see 2061-2067 in routes they have never been assigned to like Route 90. There are currently no plans with the Orion Is (516-525, 2019-2036, 8502-8506, 8602, 8710-8723, 8801, 9001, 9002), since there are so many they aren't as likely to retire except the older 30 ft buses. A more probably case is that they will be sent to Newmarket. The MCI Classics (2044-2052) are getting minor refurbishment, some of you may have noticed a ghost white Classic 2052 with a brand new electrionic destination sign. We only have 1 GM New Look that looks like it will see to 2007, its bus #2006, the bus has been rebuilt in 2005 and has been sent to Newmarket. Markham buses 2001, 2003, 2005 are known to have been out of service for a long time. YRT's oldest vehicle 7526's status is unknown unless someone from Newmarket would like to update its status.

Thu, Dec. 22nd, 2005, 10:01 am
gm_v: Buses that have retired

Since YRT is a much smaller system, retirements of their fleet are much more difficult to find unless you observe them at Miller garage, the Tomakjian yard or Laidlaw yards and speak to their respective staff. Right now with the additions of 30 new Eldorado EZ-Rider IIs(541-570) and 25 new New Flyer D40LFs (571-585, 601-609). So here are the buses that will no longer be in service. The EZ-Riders have been split with all 3 divisions while the D40LF have been only split up with Miller and Tomakjian divisions.

- Ex-Markham GM New Looks 2001, 2003 and 2005. These are the oldest and longest serving to the YRT fleet. The only bus active will be 2006 in Newmarket where its fate is uncertain. Note 2001 is Markham's very first bus.

- Ex-Markham and Ex-Richmond Hill Champion Solos. These are the really boxy small buses that frequent local Markham routes like 40 and 41 while for Richmond Hill usually frequent Richmond Hill GO station routes. All of them have been retired. These are the shortest lived buses in the YRT fleet of only 8 years of service.

- All Ex-Richmond Hill New Flyer D40s that were not repainted in the YRT livery. As of now there are no more buses that hold the old Richmond Hill livery.

The buses are may not see service for very long will have to be the old 30 ft Orion Is those would include 516, 517, 518, Ex-Aurora 891, 2019, 2020. Some other older buses are also Orion Is like 8504, Ex-GO 8505, 8506. Ex-Brampton New Look 7526 is the oldest vehicle kept, it doesn't have much time left. The most notable things about these old vehicles are their more unique and in my opinion more comfortable seats as most use bench seats. In the case of ex-GO buses comfortable suburban seating.

Sat, Oct. 22nd, 2005, 01:33 am
gm_v: YRT Fleet information

This is just a list of the entire YRT bus fleet. This is only for those interested in the fleet itself and as to how many different types of buses are in the YRT fleet. This is also good for those who wish to learn more about YRT in its past and present.

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