York Region Transit route 51 'Keswick Local'

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York Region Transit route 51 'Keswick Local' is wheelchair accessible.
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51 Keswick Local
Number of Branches 1
Types of buses used E-Z Rider II BRT/MAX
Division North (Newmarket)
Related routes 50

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

Route Details

Route 51 served mainly Metro Road, Woodbine Avenue, Biscayne Boulevard, The Queensway, and Ravenshoe Road.

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 served Keswick Gardens, the GEM Theatre, and Georgina Learning Centre.

Route 51 did not connect to Viva.

Branches

This route had 1 main branch:

  • 51 Ferncroft Drive - Lake Drive South (Monday to Friday rush hours)

History

  • September 3, 2002 - Service to Keswick started in 2002 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 Road from Glenwoods Avenue to Ferncroft Drive. Route 51 operated from Ravenshoe Road to a large on-street loop via The Queensway, Church Street, Woodbine Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard. Limited route 51 trips expanded the southern looping via Lake Drive and Walter Drive, which has since become standard.
  • August 31, 2003 - Service is expanded in southern Keswick to accommodate students at Keswick-area high schools.
  • September 2, 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 Transit 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 Drive, providing 2-way service along Church Street, Woodbine Avenue, and Biscayne Boulevard, and expanding the southern looping along Lake Drive and Walter Drive.
  • April 27, 2008 - Limited service is introduced to serve the Keswick Gardens senior's residence on The Queensway north of Church Street. Ten trips throughout the daytime on Monday-Saturdays serve the residence.
  • February 27, 2011 - Service to the South Keswick Commuter Parking Lot is revised. Buses in both directions operate south on Woodbine Avenue to Glenwoods Avenue and loop within the commuter lot before heading north on Woodbine Avenue to Biscayne Boulevard continuing their route. Service no longer operates on Glenwoods Avenue between Lowndes Avenue and the commuter lot.
  • July 3, 2011 - A diversion into the Keswick Marketplace began, with the diversion to the South Keswick Commuter Parking Lot cancelled.
  • September 4, 2011 - Midday weekday routing was adjusted to include a stop at the Georgina Learning Centre.
  • December 2012 - Route 51 was declared fully accessible.
  • April 21, 2013 - 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 Drive, Thornlodge Drive, Dovedale Drive, Lowndes Avenue, Biscayne Boulevard, Ferncroft Drive, Highcastle Avenue, Old Homestead Road, and portions of The Queensway and Metro Road. Service to Keswick High School was provided by limited service diversions on Biscayne Boulevard. Midday frequency was improved to every 40 minutes. This service change was implemented, however, objections from passengers caused YRT to reverse its change only a week later.
  • 2014 - 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.
  • January 4, 2015 - Service to the Glenwoods Park 'n' Ride is removed due to its closure and replaced with limited trips serving the Woodbine Avenue & Highway 404 Park & Ride to connect with GO Transit route 67. To avoid duplication of service with route 50, and to avoid backtracking on Woodbine Avenue, service on Woodbine Avenue between Biscayne Boulevard and Glenwoods Avenue is removed. Also, the southern segment of the route south of Glenwoods Avenue is modified to operate via Woodbine Avenue and Ravenshoe Road.
  • September 3, 2017 - The diversion to the Georgina Learning Centre was discontinued.
  • September 1, 2019 - Service is reduced to operate during weekday rush hours only. Weekday off-peak and Saturday service is replaced with the new Mobility On-Request Keswick route.
  • April 5, 2020 - Service on this route is temporarily suspended, with service at all times replaced by the On-Request Keswick service.
  • September 3, 2023 - Route will not return to service and is permanently discontinued. Service will be redistributed to other routes with growing traveler demand.

Vehicles

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

Route Maps

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
51
Ferncroft Dr. @ Metro Rd. 51
Metro Rd. S. @ Simcoe Ave. 51
Church St. @ Woodbine Ave. 51
Woodbine Ave. @ Riverglen Dr. 51
Biscayne Blvd. @ The Queensway S. 51
The Queensway S. @ Glenwoods Ave. 51
Glenwoods Ave. @ Woodbine Ave.
Walmart Plaza
51
Woodbine Avenue & Highway 404 Park & Ride 51
Ravenshoe Rd. @ Lake Dr. S. 51
Thornlodge Dr. @ Ravenshoe Rd. 51

Historical Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
51 51
Thornlodge Dr. @ Ravenshoe Rd. 51 51
Ravenshoe Rd. @ Lake Dr. S. 51
The Queensway S. @ Glenwoods Ave. 51 51
Ferncroft Dr. @ Metro Rd. 51
Metro Rd. S. @ Simcoe Rd. 51 51
Church St. @ Woodbine Ave. 51 51
Woodbine Ave. @ Riverglen Dr. 51 51

Service Summary

Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2023 51 Service Suspended - On-Request Service
2022 51
2021 51
2020 51
2019 51
2018 51
2017 51
2016 51
2015 51
2014 51
2013 51
2012 51
2011 51
2010 51
2009 51
2008 51
2007 51 25-35 60 20-30 35-60 N/A 60 60 60 N/A N/A N/A
2006 51 25-35 60 20-30 35-60 N/A 60 60 60 N/A N/A N/A
2005 51 25-35 60 20-30 35-60 N/A 60 60 60 N/A N/A N/A
2004 51 15-35 60 30-35 35-60 N/A 60 60 60 N/A N/A N/A
2003 51 15-25 60 20-30 60 N/A 60 60 60 N/A N/A N/A
2002 51 30 60 30 60 N/A 60 60 60 N/A N/A N/A


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