York Region Transit Family Of Services
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.
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.
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.