2018 YRT/VIVA Annual Plan

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2018 YRT/VIVA Annual Plan

Transit effects everyone. So, when York Region Transit (YRT)/VIVA unveil their 2018 Annual Plan for changes to many routes around York Region and the construction of a brand-new terminal, everyone pays attention.

Markham is currently home to over 349,000 and expanding rapidly. This means that changes are needed to the infrastructure to handle the growth. YRT/VIVA will be building a new open-air transit terminal near Highway 7 and 9th line in Markham. Expected to open in early 2018 this terminal will facilitate connections between YRT/VIVA routes and future connections with Durham Region Transit and GO Bus Service.

To accommodate the new terminal, many routes in the City of Markham and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will be extended.  These changes will allow for thousands of people moving into the city the opportunity to move around with ease and enjoy what York Region can offer.

The proposal also includes plans to decrease the wait time during rush hour for specific routes. Here are some of the routes that will have their frequency decreased.

Route Number Route Name Existing Rush Hour Frequency (minutes) Proposed Rush Hour Frequency (minutes) Frequency Decrease (minutes)
16 16th Avenue 30 20 10
25 Major Mackenzie 31-38 25-30 6-8
2 Milliken 20 18 2

As busy, growing families move into the City of Markham the challenge of having youths commute to a post-secondary school remains top of mind. The YRT/VIVA have proposed during September 2018 it will have direct service to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. Currently, if a student living in Unionville wanted to take transit to U of T Scarborough they would need to take 3 separate buses and travel an estimated 1 hour and 10 minutes.

A copy of the 2018 Annual plan can be found here.

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