York Region Transit route 51 'Keswick Local'

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51 Keswick Local was a local bus route operated by York Region Transit in Georgina, Ontario, Canada.

Basic

Route 51 served mainly Metro Rd., Woodbine Ave., Biscayne Blvd., The Queensway and Ravenshoe Rd.

This route had 1 main branch:

  • 51 Ferncroft Drive - Lake Drive South (Monday to Saturday)

This route served the Keswick community. It also served Georgina Ice Palace, Georgina Public Library, Keswick Marketplace, Keswick High School, and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School. Some trips were expanded to serve Woodbine Park and Ride, Keswick Gardens, the GEM Theatre, and Georgina Learning Centre.

Route 51 did not connect to Viva.

History

Service to Keswick started in 2004 when YRT decided to expand service to larger communities in the countryside that were not served prior to amalgamation. Keswick, being the biggest at the time was the first such community to receive service with a pair of routes: 50 Queensway and 51 Keswick Local. Route 50 operated along The Queensway and Metro Rd. from Glenwoods to Ferncroft. Route 51 operated from Ravenshoe to a large on-street loop via The Queensway, Church, Woodbine and Biscayne. Limited route 51 trips expanded the southern looping via Lake and Walter Drs., which has since become standard.

In 2007, service was majorly changed. A connection was made available to Newmarket and the rest of the YRT system through a fare agreement on GO's route 69, which ran through the middle of Keswick. There was also a plan to extend route 50 down to 404 Town Centre, but the existing GO option was chosen. With GO taking over operations on the Queensway, route 50 was cancelled and changes were made to route 51, including extending it over route 50's old looping via Ferncroft, providing 2-way service along Church, Woodbine and Biscayne, and expanding the southern looping along Lake and Walter Drs.

April 2008 saw service to the new senior's village, Keswick Gardens on a limited-service basis. On September 5, 2010, a diversion to the Keswick Marketplace at Glenwoods/Woodbine began, with access to the Glenwoods Park and Ride facility. On September 4, 2011, midday weekday routing was adjusted to include a stop at the Georgina Learning Centre south of the Glenwoods Park and Ride facility.

Route 51 was declared fully accessible in December 2012.

The 2013 Annual Service Plan had route 51 restructured to run between Queensway/Ravenshoe and Metro/Simcoe via Woodbine Ave. Service was discontinued on Joe Dales Dr, Thornlodge Dr., Dovedale Dr., Lowndes Ave., Biscayne Blvd., Ferncroft Dr., Highcastle Ave., Old Homestead Rd., and portions of The Queensway and Metro Rd. Service to Keswick High School was provided by limited service diversions on Biscayne Blvd. Midday frequency was improved to every 40 minutes. This service change was implemented on April 21, 2013, however objections from passengers caused YRT to reverse its change only a week later.

The 2014 Annual Service Plan initially had midday, evening, and Saturday service replaced by Dial-a-Ride, but this was cancelled due to increased passenger demand.

As of January 4, 2015, some trips on route 51 were diverted to serve the Woodbine/404 Park and Ride Lot in order to connect with GO Transit route 67. To avoid duplication of service with Route 50, the southern segment of the route was diverted to Woodbine via Ravenshoe Road.

On April 5, 2020, the route is replaced by the new On-Request Keswick service and operates during the weekdays from 8am to 10:45pm.

Vehicles

Route 51 was primarily a 30ft route, and used E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX.

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 - SmartVMC - Vaughan Mills - York University
Hubs 404 Town Centre - Don Mills Station - Humber College - Islington Loop - Markville Mall - Seneca College King Campus - Sheppard West Station
Park & Rides Davis Dr. & Hwy 404 - Major Mackenzie Dr. & Hwy 400 - 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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Regular 1 2 3 4/4A 5 7 8 9 12 13 14 16 18 20 22 23 24 25 26 32 33/33A 40 41 42 44 45 50 51 52 54 55 56 57/57A 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B/91E 96 98/98E 99 105 107/107B 165/165F 522 760
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Express 300 301 302 303 304 305
On-Request Aurora GO - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Bristol - Bur Oak - Gorham-Eagle - Holland Landing - Keswick - King City GO - King Local - Markham Local - Newmarket - North - Richmond Hill - Stouffville - Sutton-Pefferlaw - Unionville Local - Velore Local - Woodbridge
School Specials 401 402 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 417 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 432 440 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 452 460 461 462 464 465 466
Viva Blue/Blue A - Purple - Pink - Orange - Green - Yellow - Silver
Discontinued 2A 6 9 10 11 15 18 21 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 34 35D 37D 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 225 240 241 243 242 244 260 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 416 421 422 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 560 561 800 - Blue Willow Community - Business Shuttle - Mapleglen - Markham Fair
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