York Region Transit route 603 'Viva Purple'
|Number of Branches||2|
|Types of buses used||Van Hool A330 , Van Hool AG300 , Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic|
|Division||BRT (Richmond Hill)|
Viva Purple is a Viva base route operated by YRT in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham, ON.
Viva Purple serves mainly Highway 7 East and Enterprise Blvd.
This route has 2 main branches:
- Viva Purple Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Markham-Stouffville Hospital via Highway 7
- Viva Purple Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Markham-Stouffville Hospital via Enterprise (Operating except rush hour)
Viva Purple serves the Richmond Hill, Unionville, Markham, and Cornell communities. It also serves Promenade Terminal, Vaughan City Playhouse, Beaver Creek Business Park, Seneca College Markham Campus, First Markham Place, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham Civic Centre, Downtown Markham, Markville Mall, Main Street Markham, and Markham-Stouffville Hospital.
Viva Purple runs alongside Viva Pink between Richmond Hill Centre and Town Centre and Viva Green between Kennedy and McCowan, all during rush hour. It connects to Viva Blue and Viva Orange at Richmond Hill Centre.
Viva Purple first started operating on September 4, 2005, as part of Viva phase 1. It initially operated east to Town Centre. It was extended to McCowan on October 16 as part of Viva phase 2, and Martin Grove during rush hours on November 21 as part of Viva phase 3. Service initially operated between Town Centre and Kennedy via Highway 407 and Unionville GO Station during Viva phase 2 due to construction of Enterprise Blvd. not being complete.
In September 2007, extra buses were added to the segment between York University and Richmond Hill Centre to address overcrowding. Rush hour service west of York University to Martin Grove was discontinued. In 2007, Viva Purple was officially assigned route 603. This number was only seen by the public for a short time before being removed, although this number is used on Google Maps' transit routing for the route.
January 2008 brought the long-delayed extension to Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Since hospital staff would not allow the frequent service Viva would bring into the hospital grounds, a temporary shelter was built on Church St. When Cornell Terminal opens, Viva buses will be rerouted into that terminal instead.
On February 12, 2012, to accommodate vivaNext construction, the eastbound Bayview vivastation was moved to High Tech Rd. just west of Bayview Ave., resulting in a route detour along Yonge St., High Tech Rd., and Bayview Ave. for all eastbound Viva Purple buses.
Viva Purple began to use the rapidways on Highway 7 East between Bayview Avenue and Highway 404 on August 18, 2013, between Highway 404 and Town Centre Blvd. on August 24, 2014, and between Town Centre Blvd. and Warden Avenue on January 4th, 2015.
With the opening of Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan in December 2017, the short-turn service west of Richmond Hill Centre was replaced by an extension of Viva Orange. Viva Purple was extended a short distance from York University to terminate at the new Pioneer Village Terminal, and did not operate west of Richmond Hill Centre after 11pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. In addition, new stops were added on Highway 7 between Town Centre and Kennedy, with buses alternating between Enterprise and Highway 7 routing outside of rush hour. During rush hour, all Viva Purple buses used the Highway 7 routing, with Viva Pink serving the Enterprise routing.
On September 2, 2018, the western branch of the route between York University and Richmond Hill Centre was discontinued, with Viva Orange maintaining similarity to the discontinued Purple segment.
|Routes & Stations|
|Viva Blue||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal - Yonge/Davis - Eagle - Mulock - Savage - Orchard Heights - Wellington - Golf Links - Henderson - Bloomington - Regatta - King - Jefferson - 19th-Gamble - Bernard Terminal - Bernard - Elgin Mills - Crosby - Major Mackenzie - Weldrick - 16th-Carrville - Bantry-Scott - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Royal Orchard - Centre - Clark - Steeles - Finch GO Bus Terminal|
|Viva Purple||Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Bayview - Chalmers - Valleymede - West Beaver Creek - Leslie - East Beaver Creek - Allstate Parkway - Woodbine - Montgomery - Town Centre - Cedarland - Warden/Enterprise - Post - Rivis - Warden - Village Parkway - Sciberras - Main Street Unionville - Kennedy - Bullock - McCowan - Galsworthy - Main Street Markham - Wootten Way - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Cornell|
|Viva Pink||Unionville GO Station - Rivis - Post - Warden/Enterprise - Cedarland - Town Centre - Montgomery - Woodbine - Allstate Parkway - East Beaver Creek - Leslie - West Beaver Creek - Valleymede - Chalmers - Bayview - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Royal Orchard - Centre - Clark - Steeles - Finch GO Bus Terminal|
|Viva Orange||Martin Grove - Kipling - Islington - Wigwoss-Helen - Pine Valley - Ansley Grove - Weston - Commerce - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - Creditstone - Keele - Dufferin - Taiga - Disera-Promenade - Atkinson - Bathurst/Highway 7 - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal|
|Viva Green||McCowan - Bullock - Kennedy - Rivis - Post - Warden - 14th - Denison - Esna-Steeles - McNicoll - Seneca Hill - Don Mills Station|
|Viva Yellow||Newmarket GO Bus Terminal - Longford - Main - Southlake Hospital - Huron Heights - Leslie - Highway 404|