York Region Transit route 300 'Business Express'

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300 Business Express Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 1
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R Wc15.JPG, Orion V Wc15.JPG
Division Southeast (Markham)
Related routes Viva Pink

300 Business Express is an express route operated by YRT in Toronto, Markham, and Richmond Hill, ON.

Basic

Route 300 serves Highway 7 between West Beaver Creek Rd. and Warden Ave.

This route has 1 main branch:

This route serves the employment communities along Highway 7 in eastern Richmond Hill and western Markham. It provides service to Markham in the morning and to Finch in the afternoon.

History

Route 300 started on April 2, 2001, and was not part of the old Markham Transit. It provided an express link along the newly-opened Highway 407 with commuters from Toronto to the Beaver Creek Business Park and the IBM and Mororola buildings along Warden Ave. Buses went to Warden in the AM, and to the subway in the PM, the opposite of the Markham Express and Unionville Express routes. A 'premium fare' was charged, usually $0.25 more than a regular fare (now $0.50 more).

YRT purchased 6 Orion V buses for exclusive use on the express series routes in 2003, to replace the ex-Markham D40S express buses. These buses (301-306) had a special 'Express' sticker on them, and have surburban-style seating. However, unlike the D40S buses, the 3xx buses also operated on other 'local' routes, causing some to question the 'Express' stickers on their sides. They have since been removed.

In 2005, buses were changed to operate in both directions, so commuters near Highway 7 could use the express service to access Finch Station. At the same time, Viva was also introduced, providing express service along Highway 7, with passengers being able to transfer to Viva Blue to Finch Station. In January 2006, Viva Pink was introduced, running along almost the same route as route 300 does, with only a regular fare required. This decreased ridership significantly, although due to the vivaNext construction ridership has picked up again on route 300 due to passengers seeing the value of paying extra for a shorter trip.

In 2006, buses were cut back from the Motorola building to the IBM bus loop on South Town Centre Blvd.

Route 300 was declared fully accessible in September 2010.

The IBM bus loop was closed on January 27, 2014 in order to accommodate vivaNext construction along South Town Centre Blvd., therefore route 300 was modified to serve Clegg Rd. and Warden Ave. However due to operational concerns, buses on the afternoon trip would usually turn north on Courtyard Lane and west on Highway 7, even though it is not shown on the route map as no stops would be missed.

Vehicles

Route 300 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR or Orion V.

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 - 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
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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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