York Region Transit route 318/319 'Wonderland Express'

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York Region Transit route 318/319 'Wonderland Express' is wheelchair accessible.
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318/319 Wonderland Express
Number of Branches 2
Types of buses used Orion V Wc15.JPG, New Flyer D40LF Wc15.JPG
Division Southwest (Vaughan)
Related routes None

318/319 Wonderland Express was an express bus route operated by York Region Transit in most of York Region.

Route Details

It was a seasonal weekend service that connected Canada's Wonderland to Markham/Richmond Hill (318) and Aurora/Newmarket (319).

This route was an express route, with stops at:

  • Markville Mall, Highway 7/Leslie, Richmond Hill Centre, Vaughan Corporate Centre, Vaughan Mills Mall, and Canada's Wonderland (for 318).
  • Newmarket Terminal, Yonge/Wellington, and Canada's Wonderland (for 319).

Routes 318/319 connected to VIVA during the 2006 operating season only. Route 318 connected with Viva Blue at Richmond Hill Centre, Viva Purple at McCowan/Highway 7, Leslie/Highway 7, and Richmond Hill Centre, and Viva Orange at Vaughan Corporate Centre. Route 319 connected with Viva Blue at Newmarket Terminal and Wellington/Yonge.

Branches

This route had 2 main branches:

History

  • 2003 - Routes 318 and 319 were introduced for the summer 2003 season as demand surfaced on a direct weekend service from all corners of the region to Canada's Wonderland. Route 318 stopped at Interchange Way (via Highway 7, Interchange Way, and Jane Street), High Tech Road (via Yonge Street, Beresford Drive, High Tech Road, and Yonge Street), and Markville Mall (via McCowan Road, Highway 7, and Kennedy Road), using Highways 400 and 407 between stops.
  • June 26, 2005 - Two additional stops were introduced: one at Leslie Street/Highway 7, and in Vaughan Mills Terminal. Route 319 performed a loop, starting at Wonderland and heading north on Highway 400, east on Highway 9 through Newmarket Terminal, south on Yonge Street to stop at Yonge/Wellington, west on Wellington Street, south on Dufferin Street, west on King Road (to stop in King City), and south on Jane Street to Canada's Wonderland.
  • 2006 - After its success in earlier years, 2006 turned out to be an underperforming year. Not only did the introduction of Viva lessen demand for route 318/319, but demand also lessened due to a lack of frequency for the two routes (frequency was every 4 hours). In the end, ridership only achieved a total of 1,707. Also, local YRT service into Canada's Wonderland on routes 4, 165A, and the new 20 made it easier for long-distance riders to reach the park. With this, 318 and 319 were cancelled as of the end of 2006.

Vehicles

Orion Vs provided service on most days. Rarely, D40LFs provided service when the Vs are not available for service.

Route Maps

Summary

Historical Stops (318)

Major Stop Branches Notes
318 318
Canada's Wonderland 318 318
Vaughan Mills Terminal 318
Highway 7 @ Interchange Way 318 318
High Tech Rd. @ Yonge St. 318 318
Leslie St. @ Highway 7 318
Markville Mall 318 318

Historical Stops (319)

Major Stop Branches Notes
319
Canada's Wonderland 319
Yonge St. @ Wellington St. 319
Newmarket GO Bus Terminal 319

Service Summary (318)

Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2006 318
2005 318 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip
2004 318 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip
2003 318 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip

Service Summary (319)

Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2006 319
2005 319 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip
2004 319 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip
2003 319 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip 2 Trips 2 Trips 1 Trip


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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
Routes
Regular 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 16 18 20 21 23 24 25 26 32 33 40 44 50 52 54 55 56 57 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B 96 98 99 105 107/107B 165 522
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Express 300 301 302 303 304 305 320 360 361 391
On-Request Aurora GO - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Bur Oak - Holland Landing - Keswick - King - Kleinburg-Nashville - Maple-Rutherford GO - Markham Local - Mount Albert - Newmarket - Newmarket Local - North - Richmond Hill Local - Stouffville - Sutton-Pefferlaw - Unionville Local - Woodbridge
School Specials 401 402 403 404 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 416 417 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 432 433 434 436 437 440 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 452 460 461 462 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471
Viva Blue - Purple/Purple A - Pink - Orange - Yellow
Discontinued 2A 6 9 11 15 18 22 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 33A 34 35D 37D 41 42 45 51 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 225 240 241 242 243 244 260 268 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 414 416 416 421 422 423 435 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 520/521 560 561 589/590 720 760 - Green - 800 - Blue Willow Community - Bristol - Business Shuttle - East Gwillimbury GO - Gorham-Eagle - King Local - Mapleglen - Markham Fair - The ROC - Vellore Local
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