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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