York Region Transit Family Of Services

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York Region Transit's Family of Services is a series of categories into which all YRT routes are classified. These categories all have standards that must be met; when a route falls outside the recommended level for their category, a review of the service is required to bring it into the standards.

Family of Services

Viva: Viva is the rapid transit network. It is designed to provide frequent, limited-stop service throughout the region along the major corridors.

Examples of Viva routes are VIVA Blue and VIVA Orange.

Base: Base routes form the grid network of the system, operating along all major arterial roads in York Region. Ideally, they will bring 90% of all commercial and residential establishments in the region within 1000m of service.

Base routes in smaller communities may be rated under the Community Bus category to ensure appropriate service levels and cost effectiveness.
Examples of base routes include routes 1 Highway 7, 55 Davis and 85 Rutherford.

Local: Local routes serve as feeders to base routes, or as local circulators. They traditionally connect a community with major attractions. They serve minor arterial and collector roads.

Examples of local routes include routes 23 Thornhill Woods, 40 Unionville Local and 86 Weldrick-Newkirk.

Express: Express routes are designed to move large volumes of passengers with common destinations along a corridor. To qualify for express service, 75% of the passengers must be able to access the service, with a minimum 15% time savings.

There are two classifications of Express routes:
Point Express: A Point Express service provides quick service for large volumes of passengers between two distinct points.
Examples of Point Expresses include routes 300 Business Express and 360 Vaughan Express.
Overlay Express: An Overlay Express service is designed to be implemented alongside an existing route with passengers heading to a common destination. Limited-stop service may be provided.
Examples of Overlay Expresses include routes 340 Bayview Express.

Shuttles: Shuttles are designed to provide local service to/from major destinations such as a GO Station, business area or VIVAstation as directly as possible. They are designed with consideration to the schedules of the location they're serving (GO Train schedules if serving a GO station for example). School Specials fall under this category.

Examples of Shuttles include routes 201 Markham GO Shuttle, 27 Highway 27 and 244 Beaver Creek.

Community Bus: Community buses operate in smaller communities that do not have enough demand to qualify for base and local routes. Community bus routes traditionally serve seniors, so they must operate low-floor buses. Because demand is relatively small, smaller 30ft buses usually provide service.

There are two types of community buses:
Fixed-Route: Fixed-route Community routes operate on local arterial and collector roads, much like local routes do. They traditionally focus on a transit or activity centre.
Examples of a fixed-route community bus include 520/521 Newmarket Community Bus and 589 Richmond Hill Community Bus.
Demand-Responsive: Demand-Responsive Community routes are made where there is some demand for service, but not enough for a fixed-route service.

Base and Local routes in smaller communities are rated under the Community Bus category so they can provide cost-effective service. Routes like 15 Stouffville Local and 51 Keswick are examples of local routes rated under the Community Bus standards.

Dial-A-Ride: Dial-A-Ride is a service implemented in areas where demand at certain time periods does not qualify for traditional bus service. Currently, the only implementation of Dial-A-Ride service is during Monday-Saturday evenings along route 44 Bristol.

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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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