York Region Transit route 603 'Viva Purple'

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York Region Transit route 603 'Viva Purple' is wheelchair accessible.
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Viva Purple
Number of Branches 2
Types of buses used Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG, Van Hool AG300 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic Wc15.JPG
Division BRT (Richmond Hill)
Related routes 1

Viva Purple is a Viva base route operated by YRT in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham, ON.

Basic

Viva Purple serves mainly Highway 7 East and Enterprise Blvd.

This route has 2 main branches:

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.

History

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.

Vehicles

Viva Purple is primarily a 60ft route on weekdays, and uses Van Hool AG300 and Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic buses. In weekends, it is primarily a 40ft route and uses Van Hool A330 buses.

Route Maps

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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