York Region Transit route 589/590 'Richmond Hill Local'

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589/590 Richmond Hill Community Bus Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 2
Types of buses used EZ Rider MAX Wc15.JPG
Division Southwest (Mobility Plus)
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589/590 Richmond Hill Community Bus Wc15.JPG is a community route operating in Richmond Hill, ON.

Basic

It serves Yonge St., Dunlop St., Major Mackenzie Dr., Harding Blvd., Weldrick Rd., Bathurst St., Elgin Mills Rd W., and Centre St.

This route has 2 branches:

  • 589 Richmond Hill Community Bus - Counter-clockwise (7 days a week)
  • 590 Richmond Hill Community Bus - Clockwise (7 days a week)

This route serves Jubilee Gardens, Bernard Terminal, Upper Yonge Plaza, Richmond Heights Plaza, Central Library, Richmond Hill GO Station, York Central Hospital, T&T Supermarket Plaza, Hillcrest Mall, South Hill Plaza and a medical centre on 955 Major Mackenzie Dr W. It also serves many of the residences in central Richmond Hill.

Route 589/590 connects to VIVA Blue at Yonge and 16th/Carrville, Weldrick, Major Mackenzie, Crosby, Elgin Mills and Bernard.

History

Service was first operated on a community-bus type approach to the seniors in the central Richmond Hill area by Richmond Hill Transit. Orion IIs and/or SoLos were operating at this time. YRT inherited this from Richmond Hill Transit in 2001, and continued to operate it, with conventional low-floor buses (II, SoLo and now SLFs). YRT renumbered it to 89, keeping with the other Richmond Hill-area routes.

In 2005, routes 520 and 521 started operating in Newmarket, providing a similar service with similar name. However, route 89 was not immediately renumbered to the new 5xx category. Finally in September 2008 the number was officially changed to 589.

Starting in 2007, the vehicle type changed to the Mobility Plus ELF vehicles instead of conventional vehicles (by then SLF and EZ Rider IIs). This was to keep more in line with the other community bus routes, which also ran using ELFs. Since there were no destination signs on the ELFs, a sheet of paper describing the route was put in the windows of the vehicles. November 2008 saw the return of conventional vehicles (EZ Riders), however this was likely unplanned as buses ran without destination signs displaying route info.

In September 2008, along with a number change the routing was changed to better serve the community, by changing stops and removing unused ones.

In November 2011, route 590 was created, and following the format for route 520/521, where 589 runs counter-clockwise, and route 590 runs clockwise. Also, the route was extended to serve the Loblaws Plaza and Longo's/Rexall Plaza on Bernard Ave., and the medical building on 955 Major Mackenzie Dr W.

Future Recommendations

  • Review route structure and schedules for possible route re-configuration.

Vehicles

The 99x-series E-Z Rider MAXes provide all service.

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 - 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 12 13 14 16 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 32 33/33A 40 41 42 44 45 50 52 54 55 56 57/57A 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85/85C 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
Shuttles 201 202 203 204 222 240 241 243
Express 300 301 302 303 304
Mobility
On-Request
61 - 520/521 - 589/590 - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Blue Willow Community - Holland Landing - Keswick - Mapleglen - Mount Albert - North - Sutton-Pefferlaw - 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 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 34 35D 37D 51 53 58 59 66 69 80 81 84 87 88E 107F 200 203 210 215 220 220/221 222 223/223A 224B 224C/224D 225 242 244 260 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 416 421 422 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 560 561 800 Business Shuttle Markham Fair
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