York Region Transit route 301 'Markham Express'

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York Region Transit route 301 'Markham Express' is wheelchair accessible.
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301 Markham Express
Number of Branches 1
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R SmallAccessible.gif
Division Southeast (Markham)
Related routes MOR Markham Local

301 Markham Express is an express bus route operated by York Region Transit in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Route Details

Route 301 serves mainly McCowan Road, Raymerville Drive, Parkway Avenue, and Larkin Avenue.

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.

Branches

This route has 1 branch:

Historical Branches

History

D40LF #936 on route 301.

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. Markham Transit also purchased a number of D40S (Surburban) buses from GO Transit to use on these routes.

  • 2001 - 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.
  • October 12, 2003 - Due to heavy passenger loads, the 7:05AM trip from Raymerville Drive and Snider Drive will operate directly south on McCowan Road to Highway 407 and the Finch GO Bus Terminal. A new 7:30AM short-turn trip originating at McCowan Road and Bullock Drive will operate via Highway 7 and Kennedy Road to Highway 407.
  • May 9, 2004 - Route is assigned the number 301.
  • July 1, 2012 - A major realignment of the express routes occurred. 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 Road. Route 301 was also reduced from 8 to 3 trips each direction.
  • December 2012 - Route 301 was declared fully accessible.
  • March 31, 2014 - Due to operational concerns with the Snider Drive railway crossing, afternoon trips on route 301 were diverted away from Snider Drive via Raymerville Avenue, Stone Mason Drive, 16th Avenue, and Main Street Markham. Morning trips follow the original routing via Snider Drive.
  • April 5, 2020 - Route is temporarily suspended due to lower ridership resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • September 6, 2020 - Full service is restored.
  • September 3, 2023 - The express fare premium is eliminated for all 300-series routes. Regular fares can now be used on the route.

Vehicles

Route 301 is primarily a 40ft route and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR.

Route Maps

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
301
Finch GO Bus Terminal 301
McCowan Rd. @ Highway 7 301
Raymerville Dr. @ Snider Dr. 301
Markham GO Station 301
Mount Joy GO Station 301

Historical Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
301
Finch GO Bus Terminal 301
Kennedy Rd. @ Highway 7 301
McCowan Rd. @ Highway 7 301
Raymerville Dr. @ Snider Dr. 301
Markham GO Station 301

Service Summary

Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2020 301 15-45 N/A 30-40 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2019 301 15-45 N/A 30-40 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2018 301 15-45 N/A 30-40 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017 301 15-45 N/A 30-40 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 301 15-45 N/A 30-40 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2015 301 15-45 N/A 25-45 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2014 301 15-45 N/A 25-45 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013 301 15-45 N/A 25-45 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012 301 20-52 N/A 30-45 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2011 301 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2010 301 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2009 301 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2008 301 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2007 301 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 301 15 N/A 15-30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005 301 15 N/A 15-30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2004 301 15-25 N/A 15-30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2003 301 10-25 N/A 20-30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2002 301 15-25 N/A 20-30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2001 301 15-30 N/A 30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


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Properties
Divisions BRT (Miller) - North (TOK Transit) - Southeast (Miller) - West (TOK Transit)
Terminals Bernard - Cornell - Finch - Highway 407 Station - Major Mackenzie West - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Newmarket - Pioneer Village - Promenade - Richmond Hill Centre - SmartVMC - Vaughan Mills
Hubs 404 Town Centre - Canada's Wonderland - Don Mills Station - Humber College - Islington Loop - Markville Mall - Seneca College King Campus - Sheppard West Station - York University
Park & Rides Davis Dr. & Hwy 404 - 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
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TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Express 300 301 302 303 304 305 320 360 361 391
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