York Region Transit route 55 'Davis Drive'

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55/55B Davis Drive Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 2
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF Wc15.JPG, E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX Wc15.JPG
Division North (Newmarket)
Related routes 50, 58A, 520/521

55 Davis Drive is a base route operated by YRT in Newmarket, ON.

Basic

Routes 55 and 55B combined mainly serve Davis Dr. between Eagle St. and Leslie St. Route 55B also serves Huron Heights Dr. and Leslie Valley Dr.

This route has 2 branches:

These routes serve the Huron Heights-Leslie Valley and Newmarket Industrial Park communities. They also serve Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket GO Station, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and Huron Heights Secondary School.

Routes 55 and 55B share much of its length with Viva Yellow. They both connect to Viva Blue at Newmarket Terminal.

History

Newmarket Transit operated route 55 before YRT took over operations in 2001. This route had 3 branches: 55A which ran along Davis Dr., 55B which operated along Gorham and Eagle, and 55C which operated along Mulock. All 3 branches ran between the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal and 404 Town Centre. On Sundays, buses ran interlined on the 3 branches to form two routes: 55A/55B Davis/Gorham/Eagle, and 55A/55C Davis/Mulock. Buses ran east on 55A then west on their respective branch.

These 3 branches were fully separated in September 2002, into 55 Davis Dr., 56 Gorham-Eagle, and 57 Mulock Dr. Also in September 2002, two-way Sunday service started on all 3 branches, with one bus dedicated to each route. Finally, every 2nd rush hour bus was extended north to Sharon (off-peak service was provided by route 57). This branch was later renamed route 55A.

In September 2004, route 55A (to Sharon) was eliminated, replaced by route 58. At the same time, a new route 55B was implemented via Huron Heights and Leslie Valley, replacing the northern portion of route 33.

In April 2008, one route 55 trip in each peak period was extended east to the Bales Dr. Industrial Park, east of Highway 404. This replaced the old route 225, which used to operate between 404 Town Centre and the Bales Dr. Industrial Park. Route 225 was discontinued in 2007 due to poor ridership performance.

Service on route 55B was cut from Monday to Saturday service to weekday rush hour service only on April 23, 2012.

Routes 55 and 55B were declared fully accessible in December 2012.

The 2015 Annual Service Plan will extend route 55 east from 404 Town Centre to the 404 Carpool Lot, mirroring the future Viva Yellow routing. Peak period service on route 55 will also be eliminated.

With the opening of the Davis Drive & Hwy 404 Park & Ride Lot in June 2016, routes 55 and 55B were extended to serve the new lot. Service to Bales Drive was also eliminated. In September 2016, the standard route 55 returned to it's previous routing through the 404 Town Centre, while the 55B retained service to the carpool lot.

Vehicles

Routes 55 and 55B see a mix of 30ft service provided by E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX and 40ft service provided by New Flyer D40LF.

Major Stops

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
55 Not operated. 30 Not operated. 40 39 40 40 40 37 40 37
55B 30 Not operated. 30 Not operated.
Schedule on peak periods is timed to connect with the GO Train at Newmarket GO Station.

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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