York Region Transit route 3 'Thornhill'

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York Region Transit route 3 'Thornhill' is wheelchair accessible.
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3 Thornhill
Number of Branches 1
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R Wc15.JPG, Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG, New Flyer XD40 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFS Wc15.JPG
Division Southwest (Vaughan)
Related routes None

3 Thornhill is a local route operated by YRT in Toronto, Vaughan, and Markham, ON.

Basic

Route 3 mainly serves New Westminster Dr., Atkinson Ave., Royal Orchard Blvd., Willowbrook Rd., Green Lane, and Simonston Blvd.

This route has 1 branch:

The last westbound trip terminates at Royal Orchard and Yonge.

This route serves the Brownridge, Beverley Glen, Uplands, Thornhill, Aileen-Willowbrook, Thornlea, and German Mills communities. It also serves Bathurst Clark Resource Library, St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Promenade Terminal, Westmount Collegiate Institute, Rosemount Community Centre, Vaughan City Playhouse, Thornhill Village Library, Thornhill Community Centre, Thornlea Secondary School, St. Robert Catholic High School, and The Shoppes on Steeles and 404.

Route 3 connects to Viva Orange at Promenade Terminal, and at Atkinson/Bathurst, and to Viva Blue and Viva Pink at Centre/Yonge and Yonge/Royal Orchard.

History

Markham Transit originally operated a number of short routes in the Thornhill area, namely 5 Thornlea, 6 Thornhill, 7 Romfield, and 8 Royal Orchard. These were eventually amalgamated into 3 Thornhill, which passed into YRT operation in 2001.

In May 2002, YRT combined route 3 and route 18, providing one route running from the Thornhill area to serve Promenade Terminal and York University. This resulted in the renaming of the route to 3 Thornhill-York University.

Two additional branches were created in 2004: Route 3A, providing extra service between York University and Promenade Terminal, and route 3B, which diverted into the new York University GO Station. Both these branches were rush-hours only. Route 3A only ran during the university school year, September-April.

In September 2005, Viva Purple was introduced. This provided an easier and faster connection between Promenade Terminal and York University than route 3, and therefore service was reduced on route 3, including the elimination of route 3A.

Route 3 was affected by the York University strike between November 6, 2008 and January 29, 2009.

Route 3 was one of the first routes declared fully accessible in September 2009.

In September 2011, route 3B was discontinued due to low ridership.

Route 3 was renamed from "Thornhill-York University" to "Thornhill" on June 30, 2013.

With the opening of the Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan, route 3 was extended a short distance from York University to terminate at the new Pioneer Village Terminal. The route was adjusted slightly in April 2018 to serve Pioneer Village Terminal via Ian Macdonald Blvd. and Northwest Gate instead of Ian Macdonald Blvd. and Founders Drive. On September 2, 2018, the route was further restructured to discontinue direct service to York University, with buses bypassing York University to terminate at Pioneer Village Terminal.

Vehicles

Route 3 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR/XD40. Occasionally Van Hool A330 or Nova Bus LFS may provide service.

Major Stops

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
3 31 49 31 41 42 42

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
Routes
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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