York Region Transit route 4 'Major Mackenzie'

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4/4A Major Mackenzie Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 2
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 20, 25

4 Major Mackenzie is a base route operated by YRT in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham, ON.

Basic

Routes 4 and 4A combined mainly serve Major Mackenzie Dr. between Pine Valley Dr. and Woodbine Ave. Route 4 also serves Jane St. between Major Mackenzie Dr. and Rutherford Rd.

This route has 2 main branches:

These routes serve the Vellore Village, Concord, Maple, Patterson, and Cachet communities. They also serve Maple High School, Canada's Wonderland, City of Vaughan Municipal Offices, Maple GO Station, Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, Alexander Mackenzie High School, Richmond Hill GO Station, and Bayview Secondary School. One trip in the morning and one in the afternoon from route 4 also serve St Joan of Arc Catholic High School.

Routes 4 and 4A both connect to Viva Blue at Yonge St.

History

Major Mackenzie Dr. was originally served by two routes. Vaughan Transit's route 4, ran from Bayview Avenue and Major Mackenzie Dr. to Jane St., looping via Cranston Park, with a rush hour extension south on Jane St. to Langstaff Rd. Richmond Hill Transit also had a route 7, operating during rush hours from Bathurst St. to Woodbine Ave., looping via Hillmount and Markland.

YRT took over both services in 2001, and combined the two routes together, with route 4 operating between Jane/Langstaff via Cranston Park to Woodbine, and route 4A during rush hours providing extra service between Bathurst and Spadina. This provided service along half of Jane Street, with the southern half provided by 35D Jane.

Vaughan Mills opened in November 2004, with buses being routed through the terminal in both directions. Route 20 Jane was also introduced at this time, providing through service along Jane Street. This resulted in route 4 being cut back to loop via Jane St., Springside Rd. and Melville Ave. in September 2005.

Route 4A was also restructured in September 2005. The loops at Bathurst and Spadina were eliminated, with the route extended west to Weston Rd. and east to Angus Glen Community Centre. The eastern terminus was later extended east again to Mount Joy GO Station in January 2006. Midday service was introduced on route 4A in September 2008, and rush hour service was again extended east via Donald Cousens Pkwy. to Markham-Stouffville Hospital until Cornell Terminal is open.

Service on route 4 was extended to Vaughan Mills again in April 2009, providing two-way service along Jane St. At the same time, buses no longer entered the bus loop at Canada's Wonderland, instead serving the park from Jane St.

Routes 4 and 4A were declared fully accessible in September 2010.

Route 4 restructured in 2013 in order to reinforce the grid network. The initial plan had west end service provided via route 4 between Vaughan Mills and Bayview, and route 4A (renumbered to route 25) serving between Harding Blvd. (west of Yonge) and Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Both routes would operate daily, and service west of Jane, along Hillmount, and to Mount Joy GO Station would have been removed. This was later modified, and on June 30, 2013, route 4 was largely kept the same, except service on McNaughton Rd., Melville Ave., and Brandon Gate Dr. was removed and is now provided by route 26. Route 4A was kept, now providing daily service between Weston Rd. and Woodbine Ave., using the same looping as route 4. Service east of Woodbine Ave. is provided on weekdays by route 25.

With development in the Vellore Village community spreading westward, route 4A was extended westward from Weston Rd. to Pine Valley Dr. on September 6, 2015.

Vehicles

Routes 4 and 4A are primarily 40ft routes, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR/XD40. Occasionally Van Hool A330 or Nova Bus LFS may provide service.

Major Stops

  • Vaughan Mills Terminal: Western terminus for route 4. Serves Bay 8. Connections to routes 12, 20, 21, 26, 85/85C, 87, 360, 560, 561, 760.
  • Woodend Pl.: Western terminus for route 4A.
  • Jane/Major Mackenzie: Route 4 serves stop on Jane, route 4A serves stop on Major Mackenzie. Connection to route 20/20A, 560.
  • Keele St.: Connections to routes 22A, 107C/107D, 560.
  • Bathurst St.: Connections to routes 23, 88.
  • Yonge St.: Connections to Viva Blue/Blue A and routes 25, 99, 589/590.
  • Bayview Ave.: Connections to routes 25, 91/91A/91B/91E, 589/590.
  • Leslie St.: Connections to routes 25, 90, 243.
  • Markland/Hillmount: Eastern terminus. Connections to route 24.

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
4 32 (combined 16) 36 (combined 18) 32 (combined 16) 36 (combined 18) 36 54 (combined 27) 50 (combined 25) 25
4A Not operated. Not operated.

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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