York Region Transit route 301 'Markham Express'

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301 Markham 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 41

301 Markham Express is an express route operated by YRT in Markham and Toronto, ON.

Basic

Route 301 serves mainly McCowan Rd., Raymerville Dr., Parkway Ave., and Larkin Ave.

This route has 1 branch:

This route serves the Mount Joy, Greensborough, and Markham Village communities. It provides service to Finch in the morning and to Mount Joy in the afternoon.

History

Markham Transit started operating a similar unnumbered route (simply 'Markham Express') in 1999, when Highway 407 first opened. It meant a faster trip from the Markham area was available along this route to the subway. A 'premium fare' was charged, usually $0.25 more than a regular fare (now $0.50 more). Markham Transit also purchased a number of D40S (Surburban) buses from GO Transit to use on these routes.

When YRT took over operations from Markham Transit in 2001, it numbered these routes in the 3xx series, and expanded service. The premium fare remained, to pay for the tolls to use the 407. 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.

A major realignment of the express routes occurred in July 2012. Service was removed from Highway 7 and Kennedy (replaced by new route 304), and service was rerouted so PM service followed the reverse routing of the AM. Service was also extended from 16th and Fincham north to Mount Joy GO Station via Williamson Rd. Route 301 was also reduced from 8 to 3 trips each direction.

Route 301 was declared fully accessible in December 2012.

Due to operational concerns with the Snider Drive railway crossing, route 301 was diverted away from Snider Drive on March 31, 2014.

Vehicles

Route 301 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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