York Region Transit route 603 'Viva Purple'

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York Region Transit route 603 'Viva Purple' is wheelchair accessible.
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Viva Purple
Number of Branches 2
Types of buses used Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG, Van Hool AG300 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic Wc15.JPG
Division BRT (Richmond Hill)
Related routes 1

Viva Purple is a Viva route operated by York Region Transit in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Route Details

The current routing of Viva Purple.
5156 on Viva Purple.
8208 on Viva Purple.

Viva Purple mainly serves Highway 7 between Yonge Street and Ninth Line, and Enterprise Boulevard.

Viva Purple serves the Richmond Hill, Unionville, Markham, and Cornell communities. It also serves Promenade Terminal, Vaughan City Playhouse, Beaver Creek Business Park, Seneca College Markham Campus, First Markham Place, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham Civic Centre, Downtown Markham, Markville Mall, Main Street Markham, Markham-Stouffville Hospital, and Cornell Terminal.

Viva Purple runs alongside Viva Pink between Richmond Hill Centre and Town Centre and Viva Green between Kennedy and McCowan, all during rush hour. It connects to Viva Blue and Viva Orange at Richmond Hill Centre.

Branches

This route has 2 main branches:

History

  • October 16, 2005 - Viva Purple is extended further east to McCowan Road with the opening of Viva Phase 2. With construction of Enterprise Boulevard yet to be complete, service between Town Centre and Kennedy Road temporarily operated via Highway 407 and Unionville GO Station.
  • November 20, 2005 - Viva Phase 3 is introduced extending service west from York University to Martin Grove Road during weekday peak periods only. All off-peak service continues to operate between York University and McCowan Road.
  • September 4, 2007 - Rush hour service west of York University to Martin Grove was discontinued and replaced with increased service on Viva Orange. Extra buses were added to the segment between York University and Richmond Hill Centre to address overcrowding and weekday service across the route is increased to 10-minute frequencies. In 2007, Viva Purple was officially assigned the number 603. This number was only seen by the public for a short time before being removed, although this number is used on Google Maps' transit routing for the route.
  • January 27, 2008 - The long-delayed extension to Markham-Stouffville Hospital begins. Since hospital staff would not allow the frequent service Viva would bring into the hospital grounds, a temporary shelter was built on Church Street. When Cornell Terminal opens, Viva buses will be rerouted into that terminal instead.
  • 2010 - Construction begins on the new 6km rapidway on Highway 7 between Yonge Street and Warden Avenue. Viva Purple buses will utilize the new rapidways to speed up service when construction is scheduled to be complete in 2014.
  • March 6, 2011 - Viva Purple buses begin using the new Enterprise Boulevard rapidway between Warden Avenue and Birchmount Road.
  • February 12, 2012 - To accommodate vivaNext construction, the eastbound Bayview vivastation was moved to High Tech Road just west of Bayview Avenue resulting in a route detour along Yonge Street, High Tech Road, and Bayview Avenue for all eastbound Viva Purple buses.
  • August 18, 2013 - Buses begin operating on the rapidway section on Highway 7 between Bayview Avenue and Highway 404.
  • September 1, 2013 - The new Bayview vivastation opens with two new towers housing elevators and an enclosed staircase connecting between the vivastation on Highway 7 with the Bayview Avenue overpass. The temporary stop on High Tech Road at Bayview Avenue is closed and the detour via High Tech Road is eliminated with all service operating on Highway 7.
  • August 24, 2014 - Viva Purple buses begin operating on the newly opened rapidway section between Highway 404 and Town Centre Boulevard.
  • January 4, 2015 - Construction on the Richmond Hill/Markham Highway 7 rapidway is fully complete with the opening of the section between Town Centre Boulevard and Warden Avenue. Viva Purple buses operate on the Highway 7 rapidway between Bayview Avenue and Warden Avenue, then continue on the right-of-way south on Town Centre Boulevard, east parallel to Cedarland Drive, south parallel to Warden Avenue, and east parallel to Enterprise Boulevard to Birchmount Road.
  • December 17, 2017 - With the opening of Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan, the short-turn service operating between York University and Richmond Hill Centre is replaced by an extension of Viva Orange. Viva Purple was extended to terminate at the new Pioneer Village Terminal. Service does not operate west of Richmond Hill Centre after 11pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. In addition, new stops were added on Highway 7 between Town Centre and Kennedy, with buses alternating between the Enterprise Boulevard and Highway 7 routing outside of rush hour. During rush hour, all Viva Purple buses used the Highway 7 routing, with Viva Pink serving the Enterprise Boulevard routing.
  • April 29, 2018 - Service between the York University Campus and Pioneer Village Terminal is revised to operate via Ian Macdonald Boulevard and Northwest Gate, and no longer using Founders Road.
  • September 2, 2018 - The western branch of the route between York University and Richmond Hill Centre was discontinued as the routing is identical to Viva Orange.
  • September 5, 2021 - The Viva Purple branch serving Enterprise Boulevard is renamed "Purple A".
  • September 4, 2022 - With the opening of the Cornell Terminal, the routing is adjusted to serve the terminal, operating as the new eastern terminus after buses serve Markham-Stouffville Hospital.

Vehicles

Viva Purple is primarily a 60ft route on weekdays, and uses Van Hool AG300 Wc15.JPG and Nova Bus LFX/LFS Artic Wc15.JPG buses. In weekends, it is primarily a 40ft route and uses Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG buses.

Route Maps

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Connections Notes
Purple Purple A
Richmond Hill Centre Terminal Purple Purple A GO Transit - Viva Blue/Blue A - Viva Pink - Viva Orange Western terminus
Rapidway
Bayview Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Chalmers Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Valleymede Purple Purple A Viva Pink
West Beaver Creek Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Leslie Purple Purple A Viva Pink
East Beaver Creek Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Allstate Parkway Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Woodbine Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Montgomery Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Town Centre Purple Purple A Viva Pink
Cedarland Purple A Viva Pink
Warden/Enterprise Purple A Toronto Transit Commission - Viva Pink - Viva Green
Andre De Grasse Purple A Viva Pink - Viva Green
University Purple A Viva Pink - Viva Green
Warden Purple Toronto Transit Commission
Village Parkway Purple
Sciberras Purple
Main Street Unionville Purple
Kennedy Purple Purple A Viva Green
Bullock Purple Purple A Viva Green
McCowan Purple Purple A Toronto Transit Commission - Viva Green
Galsworthy Purple Purple A
Main Street Markham Purple Purple A Toronto Transit Commission
Wootten Way Purple Purple A
Markham-Stouffville Hospital Purple Purple A
Cornell Terminal Purple Purple A GO Transit Eastern terminus

Historical Stops

Service Summary

Frequencies
Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2023 Jan- Purple 22 26 23 38 42 36 36 36-50 36 36 36-50
2022 Purple
2021 Purple
2020 Purple
2019 Purple
2018 Purple
2017 Purple
2016 Purple
2015 Purple
2014 Purple
2013 Purple
2012 Purple
2011 Purple
2010 Purple
2009 Purple
2008 Purple
2007 Purple
2006 Purple
2005 Purple


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Properties
Divisions BRT (Miller) - North (TOK Transit) - Southeast (Miller) - West (TOK Transit)
Terminals Bernard - Cornell - Finch - Highway 407 Station - Major Mackenzie West - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Newmarket - Pioneer Village - Promenade - Richmond Hill Centre - SmartVMC - Vaughan Mills
Hubs 404 Town Centre - Canada's Wonderland - Don Mills Station - Humber College - Islington Loop - Markville Mall - Seneca College King Campus - Sheppard West Station - York University
Park & Rides Davis Dr. & Hwy 404 - 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
Routes
Regular 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 16 18 20 21 23 24 25 26 32 33 40 44 50 52 54 55 56 57 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B 96 98 99 105 107/107B 165 522
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Express 300 301 302 303 304 305 320 360 361 391
On-Request Aurora GO - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Bur Oak - Holland Landing - Keswick - King - Kleinburg-Nashville - Maple-Rutherford GO - Markham Local - Mount Albert - Newmarket - Newmarket Local - North - Richmond Hill Local - Stouffville - Sutton-Pefferlaw - Unionville Local - Woodbridge
School Specials 401 402 403 404 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 416 417 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 432 433 434 436 437 440 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 452 460 461 462 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471
Viva Blue - Purple/Purple A - Pink - Orange - Yellow
Discontinued 2A 6 9 11 15 18 22 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 33A 34 35D 37D 41 42 45 51 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 225 240 241 242 243 244 260 268 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 414 416 416 421 422 423 435 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 520/521 560 561 589/590 720 760 - Green - 800 - Blue Willow Community - Bristol - Business Shuttle - East Gwillimbury GO - Gorham-Eagle - King Local - Mapleglen - Markham Fair - The ROC - Vellore Local
Greater Golden Horseshoe Agencies
Barrie
Bradford West Gwillumbury
Brampton
Brantford
Burlington
Caledon
Durham Region
GO Transit
Grand River
Guelph
Hamilton
Metrolinx
Milton
Mississauga
Niagara Region
Oakville
Orangeville
Peterborough
Port Hope
Simcoe County
Toronto
York Region


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Routes & Stations
Viva Blue Newmarket Terminal - Yonge/Davis - Eagle - Mulock - Savage - Orchard Heights - Wellington - Golf Links - Henderson - Bloomington - Regatta - King - Jefferson - 19th-Gamble - Bernard Terminal - Bernard - Elgin Mills - Crosby - Major Mackenzie - Weldrick - 16th-Carrville - Bantry-Scott - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Royal Orchard - Centre - Clark - Steeles - Finch GO Bus Terminal
Viva Purple Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Bayview - Chalmers - Valleymede - West Beaver Creek - Leslie - East Beaver Creek - Allstate Parkway - Woodbine - Montgomery - Town Centre - Cedarland - Warden/Enterprise - Andre De Grasse - University - Warden - Village Parkway - Sciberras - Main Street Unionville - Kennedy - Bullock - McCowan - Galsworthy - Main Street Markham - Wootten Way - Markham-Stouffville Hospital - Cornell Terminal
Viva Pink Finch GO Bus Terminal - Steeles - Clark - Centre - Royal Orchard - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal - Bayview - Chalmers - Valleymede - West Beaver Creek - Leslie - East Beaver Creek - Allstate Parkway - Woodbine - Montgomery - Town Centre - Cedarland - Warden/Enterprise - Andre De Grasse - University - Unionville GO Station
Viva Orange Martin Grove - Kipling - Islington - Wigwoss-Helen - Pine Valley - Ansley Grove - Weston - Commerce - Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - Creditstone - Keele - Dufferin - Taiga - Disera-Promenade - Atkinson - Bathurst/Highway 7 - Richmond Hill Centre Terminal
Viva Green Don Mills Station - Leith Hill - Seneca Hill - McNicoll - Esna-Steeles - Denison - 14th Avenue - Warden/Enterprise - Andre De Grasse - University - Kennedy - Bullock - McCowan
Viva Yellow Newmarket GO Bus Terminal - Longford - Main - Southlake Hospital - Huron Heights - Leslie - Highway 404