York Region Transit route 601 'Viva Blue'

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Viva Blue Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 3
Types of buses used Van Hool AG300 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic Wc15.JPG, Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG
Division BRT (Richmond Hill)
Related routes 98, 99

Viva Blue is a Viva base route operated by YRT in Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, and Toronto, ON.

Basic

Viva Blue serves Yonge St. between Davis Dr. and Bishop Ave.

This route has 3 main branches:

Viva Blue serves the Newmarket, Aurora, Oak Ridges, Richmond Hill, and Thornhill communities. It also serves Upper Canada Mall, York Region Administrative Centre, The Aurora Promenade, Old Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill Centre Terminal, Thornhill Village, and Centerpoint Mall.

Viva Blue runs alongside Viva Pink between Richmond Hill Centre and Finch. It also connects to Viva Purple at Richmond Hill Centre.

Viva Blue is the most heavily used route on the YRT/Viva system; it's 2006 ridership was greater than all of the routes operated by Southeast's Markham Division combined.

History

A Viva Blue bus prepares to depart for Finch Station from Newmarket Terminal.

Viva Blue first started operating on September 4, 2005, as part of Viva phase 1. It initially operated north to Bernard Terminal. It was extended to Newmarket Terminal on November 20 as part of Viva phase 3, with a rush-hour short-turn still operating to Bernard Terminal. In 2007, Viva Blue was officially assigned route 601. 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.

Even though the biggest buses operate on this route, it still suffers from overcrowding, especially south of Bernard. Additional buses were ordered in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2017. Service has also increased steadily since inauguration, including the introduction of midday, evening, and weekend service on the Bernard branch.

On June 28, 2010, a new branch, Viva Blue A, was introduced to run express service from Newmarket to Finch and vice-versa, bypassing Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. This corresponds with the cancellation of GO Transit's route 62. It was given the route numbering of 602. Due to increasing ridership, more runs were added on September 5, 2010 bringing the total A trips to 11 southbound and 13 northbound.

Service south of Richmond Hill Centre may be replaced in the future, as part of The Big Move plan is to extend the Yonge Subway north to Richmond Hill Centre. Construction of rapidways along Yonge Street north to 19th Avenue and between Mulock Drive and Davis Drive will commence in 2014 and be complete by 2018.

On January 5, 2020, rapidway service between Savage Road and Davis Drive began.

The Viva Blue A branch was temporarily suspended as of March 2020 due to lower ridership from COVID-19.

On September 6, 2020, early morning weekend northbound trip departures began at Finch Terminal instead of Yonge/16th Avenue.

Vehicles

Viva Blue is primarily a 60ft route, and uses 2005/2007/2008 Van Hool AG300 and 2010/2013/2017 Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic.


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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 - SmartVMC - Vaughan Mills - York University
Hubs 404 Town Centre - Don Mills Station - Humber College - Islington Loop - Markville Mall - Seneca College King Campus - Sheppard West Station
Park & Rides Davis Dr. & Hwy 404 - Major Mackenzie Dr. & Hwy 400 - Wellington St. & Hwy 404
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 12 13 14 16 18 20 22 23 24 25 26 32 33/33A 40 41 42 44 45 50 51 52 54 55 56 57/57A 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B/91E 96 98/98E 99 105 107/107B 165/165F 522 760
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Express 300 301 302 303 304 305
On-Request Aurora GO - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Bristol - Bur Oak - Gorham-Eagle - Holland Landing - Keswick - King City GO - King Local - Markham Local - Newmarket - North - Richmond Hill - Stouffville - Sutton-Pefferlaw - Unionville Local - Velore Local - Woodbridge
School Specials 401 402 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 417 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 432 440 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 452 460 461 462 464 465 466
Viva Blue/Blue A - Purple - Pink - Orange - Green - Yellow - Silver
Discontinued 2A 6 9 10 11 15 18 21 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 34 35D 37D 53 58 59 66 69 80 81 84 87 88E 107F 200 201 202 203 203 204 210 215 220 220/221 222 222 223/223A 224B 224C/224D 225 240 241 243 242 244 260 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 416 421 422 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 560 561 800 - Blue Willow Community - Business Shuttle - Mapleglen - Markham Fair
Greater Golden Horseshoe Agencies
Barrie
Bradford West Gwillumbury
Brampton
Burlington
Caledon
Cobourg
Durham Region
Fort Erie
GO Transit
Grand River
Guelph
Hamilton
Lincoln
Metrolinx
Milton
Mississauga
Niagara Falls
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara Region
Oakville
Orangeville
Pelham
Peterborough
Port Hope
Simcoe County
St. Catharines
Thorold
Toronto
Welland
York Region


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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