York Region Transit route 68B 'Warden'
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For detailed information about service south of Steeles, see the TTC route history for 68 Warden.
Route 68B serves Warden Avenue between Steeles Avenue East and Major Mackenzie Drive.
This route has 1 branch:
- 68B Warden Station - Major Mackenzie
This route serves the communities of Milliken, Unionville, and Cachet. It also serves the industrial/commercial area between Steeles Avenue East and 14th Avenue, Downtown Markham, Markham Civic Centre, Flato Markham Theatre, Unionville High School, Warden House, and Angus Glen Community Centre.
Route 68B connects to Viva Green during rush hours at Denison Street, 14th Avenue, and Enterprise Boulevard, where it also connects with Viva Pink and Viva Purple. It shares its length with Viva Green between Denison Street and Enterprise Boulevard.
Service was contracted out to the Toronto Transit Commission by Markham Transit. This involved TTC operating the buses and collecting the fares, but Markham Transit paying for any losses in running the service. A TTC fare was required for passengers travelling south of Steeles Avenue East, but only a Markham fare was required if the entire trip was north of Steeles Avenue. When Markham Transit was acquired by York Region Transit, the contract was picked up as well, with similar conditions.
Route 68B originally operated to 16th Avenue looping via 16th Avenue, Village Parkway, and Carlton Road. In 2002, with the opening of the Sheppard Subway, the TTC decided to experiment with direct service to northern routes from Don Mills Station. This included routes 24C/D, 67B, and 68B. Route 68B was removed and was replaced with a new route 268 Warden North which ran from Don Mills Station along Sheppard Avenue East to Warden Avenue, and north to 16th Avenue. The looping at 16th Avenue was also changed; service looped via 16th Avenue, Village Gate Drive, and Calvert Road.
Unfortunately, this experiment was short-lived as it was deemed a failure and route 68B was restored during all times in 2004. However, the looping used by the former route 268 remained to be used by the resurrected 68B. In September 2005, service was extended north to Angus Glen Community Centre on Major Mackenzie Drive east of Warden Avenue.
Route 68B was declared fully accessible in December 2012.
- Warden Station: Southern terminus.
- Steeles Avenue East: Start/end of York Region fare zone.
- Highway 7: Connections to routes 1 Highway 7, 40 Unionville Local, 302 Unionville Express.
- 16th Avenue.: Connection to route 16 16th Avenue.
- Angus Glen Community Centre: Northern terminus. Connections to routes 18 Bur Oak, 25 Major Mackenzie.
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