York Region Transit route 50 'Queensway'
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50 Queensway is a bus route operated by York Region Transit in Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, and Brock, Ontario, Canada.
Route 50 mainly serves Davis Dr., Leslie St., The Queensway, Metro Rd., and Highway 48.
This route has 1 branch:
- 50 Newmarket Terminal - Sutton via Keswick Marketplace
This route serves the Keswick, Historic Lakeshore, Sutton-Jacksons Point, and Pefferlaw communities. It also serves Newmarket GO Station, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Keswick Marketplace, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School, and Pefferlaw Library. One trip in the morning also serves East Gwillimbury GO Station.
Route 50 connects to Viva Blue at Newmarket GO Bus Terminal.
YRT originally ran route 50 locally within the community of Keswick, in conjunction with route 51. Route 50 operated from Glenwoods Ave. north along The Queensway, Simcoe Ave., and Metro Rd. to loop at Ferncroft Drive. In September 2007, YRT streamlined operations within Keswick by merging the two routes together. Also, YRT and GO Transit formed a partnership on route 69 where YRT passes, tickets, and transfers would be accepted on route 69, providing a connection between Georgina and the rest of the region.
Route 220 was introduced in February 2009, providing service between a new park and ride lot at Woodbine and Glenwoods Aves. This met two trains in the AM and PM at East Gwillimbury GO Station on weekdays. Another step to providing long-distance travel in Georgina, route 59 was introduced on a trial basis for winter 2012, connecting Keswick, Sutton, and Pefferlaw to the newly-opened Recreational Outdoor Centre (The ROC) in Georgina.
The current version of route 50 began service on July 3, 2012. This replaced route 220 by meeting 4 trains in each direction at Newmarket GO Station, and replaced GO route 69 on September 2, 2012.
Route 50 was declared fully accessible in December 2012.
The 2014 Service Plan had the route restructured to provide service between Newmarket and Sutton, with the section between Sutton and Beaverton operated by a smaller vehicle. In addition, seasonal weekend service was diverted to The ROC, with schedules being adjusted to accommodate the diversion. This was pushed forward to 2013, with seasonal weekend service to The ROC offered during the 2013 season, in addition to introducing a new branch, operating between Pefferlaw and Beaverton using a minivan.
Service continued beyond 2014 to The ROC with weekend service only outside of summer months.
Due to low ridership and high operating costs on route 50B, service on that branch was eliminated on April 18, 2015.
In 2017, York Region Transit introduced the Dial-A-Ride North, providing connection services to communities and route 50 for northern York Region residents.
The limited weekday early morning, weekday late evening, and weekend/Holiday trips to Pefferlaw is discontinued effective April 5, 2020 due to low ridership.
- Newmarket GO Bus Terminal: Southern terminus. Serves Bay 1. Connections to Viva Blue/Blue A and routes 22A, 44, 52, 55/55B, 56, 57/57A, 58, 98, 520/521.
- Newmarket GO Station: Connections to routes 44, 54, 55/55B, 58, 223.
- Woodbine/Glenwoods: Connections to route 51.
- Simcoe Ave.: Connection to route 51.
- High/Burke: Northern terminus.
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