York Region Transit BRT Division

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YRT BRT Division is one of four YRT operational divisions. The BRT division handles operation of the 5 Viva routes, operating in Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Toronto and Vaughan.

The first contract to operate and maintain the Viva bus rapid transit system was awarded on March 30, 2005 to 4286847 Canada LP and Connex Canada. Connex was later purchased by Veolia Transportation(Now Transdev), with the numbered company also eventually changing its name to York BRT Services LP. The original contract was for a 5-year term, expiring September 5, 2010, and containing a provision to be extended for another five years. Negotiations for a contract extension began in July 2009, with a 3-year extension being awarded until September 7, 2013 with a provision to negotiate two additional years. On April 11, 2014, York Region approved a 7-year contract for operations of the BRT Division to TOK Transit effective September 6, 2015. This was pushed up to June 28, 2015, in order to coincide with the summer service changes.

Originally, the division consisted of two separate facilities. The Newmarket facility, located at 18106 Yonge St., was owned by the region and opened in 2005 in accordance with Viva operation. It was used for storage and maintenance of the AG300 fleet for operation on Viva Blue. A second cluster of facilities, located at 22, 51A and 91 Caldari Rd., provided vehicle fuelling, washing and maintenance (located at S&N Diesel), administrative facilities, and storage for the A330 fleet, operating on Viva Purple, Viva Orange, Viva Pink and Viva Green. The Caldari cluster was later consolidated into the 91 Caldari Rd. property. The Newmarket facility was given to North Division upon the termination of the contract with First Student on January 16, 2012, and Viva Blue operations were temporarily run out of the YRT Southwest Division.

The lease for the 91 Caldari Rd. property expired on September 30, 2012, and a new temporary property at 8301 Keele St. (across from YRT Southwest Division) housed operations for all of BRT division in one property. A new permanent region-owned facility near Leslie St. and 16th Ave. began construction on December 21, 2012, and opened on March 31, 2015. Viva began operating from the new Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF) on June 28, 2015, concurrent with the beginning of the new contract with TOK Transit.

Current operating fleet

Conventional

Fleet number range Manufacturer Model Total
1501-1509 Nova Bus LFS 9
201, 203-204, 206-207, 210, 215, 217-218, 220-222 Van Hool AG300 12

Viva

Fleet number range Manufacturer Model Total
1080-1094 Nova Bus LFX 15
1370-1396, 1770-1774 Nova Bus LFS Artic 32
5101, 5103-5108, 5110-5111, 5113, 5115-5116,
5118, 5120, 5122-5135, 5137-5138, 5140, 5142,
5144-5145, 5147-5148, 5152-5153, 5155, 5157
Van Hool A330 40
7201-7205, 8201-8211 Van Hool AG300 16

Routes

References


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Properties
Divisions BRT (TOK Transit) - North (TOK Transit) - Southeast (Miller) - Southwest (Transdev)
Terminals Bernard - Canada's Wonderland - Cornell - Finch - Highway 407 Station - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Newmarket - Pioneer Village - Promenade - Richmond Hill Centre - SmartCentres Place - Vaughan Mills - York University
Hubs 404 Town Centre - Davis Drive & Hwy 404 Park & Ride - Don Mills Station - Humber College - Islington Loop - Markville Mall - Seneca College King Campus - Sheppard West Station
Bus Stops 1000-1999, 2000-2999, 3000-3999, 4000-4999, 5000-5999, 6000-6999, 7000-7999, 8000-9999 - Family Of Services
Routes
Regular 1 2 3 4/4A 5 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 31 32 33/33A 40 41 42 44 45 50/50B 51 52 54 55/55B 56 57/57A 58 77/77A 80 81 82 83/83A 84 85/85C 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B/91E 96 98/98E 99 105 107/107B 165/165F 760
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Shuttles 201 202 203 204 222 240 241 243
Express 300 301 302 303 304
Dial-a-ride/On-Demand only 61 - Blue Willow - Holland Landing - Mapleglen - North - Sutton-Pefferlaw
School Specials 400 401 402 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 460 461 462 463 464 465 466
Community Bus 520/521 522 589/590
Viva Blue/Blue A - Purple - Pink - Orange - Green - Yellow - Silver
Discontinued 2A 6 9 11 15 18 24D 25D 27 33 34 35D 37D 53 59 66 69 80 81 87 88E 107F 200 203 210 215 220 220/221 222 223/223A 224B 224C/224D 225 242 244 260 318/319 320 340 360 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 416 421 422 440 442 443 466 560 561 800 Business Shuttle Markham Fair
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