York Region Transit route 77 'Highway 7'

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77/77A Highway 7 Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 3
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R Wc15.JPG, Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG, New Flyer XD40 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFS Wc15.JPG
Division Southwest (Vaughan)
Related routes 5, Viva Orange, Züm 501

77 Highway 7 is a base route operated by YRT in Brampton, Vaughan, Markham, and Toronto, ON.

Basic

Route 77 serves Highway 7 between The Gore Rd. and Centre St., and Centre St. between Highway 7 and Yonge St. On Sundays, it serves Centre St. between Highway 7 and New Westminster Dr. and Clark Ave. between New Westminster Dr. and Yonge St. Route 77A serves Highway 7 between The Gore Rd. and Interchange Way.

This route has 3 branches:

  • 77 Highway 50 - Finch Terminal via Centre (Monday to Saturday)
  • 77 Highway 50 - Finch Terminal via Clark (Sundays/Holidays)
  • 77A Highway 50 - Finch Terminal via Highway 407 (Weekday rush hours only)

This route serves the Woodbridge, Concord, and Thornhill communities. It also serves the Vaughan Enterprise Zone, Woodbridge Memorial Arena, Woodbridge College, Colossus Centre, Vaughan Corporate Centre, Promenade Terminal, Thornhill Village, Thornhill Secondary School, and Centerpoint Mall. On Sundays it also serves St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Bathurst Clark Library, and Garnet A. Williams Arena.

Routes 77 and 77A share much of its length with Viva Orange, and also Viva Purple, Viva Blue, and Viva Pink during peak periods.

History

Route 77 was first operated in conjunction with Vaughan Transit and Brampton Transit along the current route. It was known as 77 Highway 7. It had 3 branches: 77 (via Centre, same as current 77), 77A (via Clark, same as current 77 Sunday routing) and 77E, an express branch. Operation began in April 1990.

In 2001, Vaughan Transit was acquired by YRT, and the name was changed to 77 Highway 7-Centre, so to not cause confusion between route 1 Highway 7, formerly operated by Markham Transit, and also to promote the service along Centre St. as well. Service was still operated jointly between Brampton and York Region Transits. On Sundays, buses are rerouted along New Westminster Dr. to serve Clark Ave. east to Yonge St. since route 5 does not operate on Sundays. Also, Brampton Transit provided all service during Sundays, even though most of the route is in York Region territory.

In September and October 2005, Viva was introduced along portions of Highway 7 and Centre Sts., slightly reducing ridership along those portions of the route. Since there was still a gap between Jane and Keele as well as Viva Orange and Viva Purple serving different locations, service was not as affected as much as Highway 7 east of Yonge St. were, and ridership is still very high with riders complaining of overcrowding even during weekends.

Because of the long time buses take to make a trip, drivers often issued 3 hour transfers instead of 2 hour transfers, the standard for both YRT and Brampton.

In September 2008, a new branch was introduced: route 77A. It was an entirely Brampton Transit-operated route that provides direct service between Brampton and York University. It used Highway 407 between Highway 427 and Weston Rd., and uses Queen/Highway 7 between Bramalea City Centre and Highway 427, and between Weston Rd. and Keele St. (using Keele to access the university).

With the introduction of Brampton Transit's Züm, route 77 was restructured on September 5, 2010. Brampton Transit buses no longer operate along the Highway 7 portion of York Region, with this responsibility remaining solely with York Region Transit. YRT buses only operate along Highway 7 to The Gore Rd., where it loops back to Highway 7 via Zenway Blvd. Route 77A was taken over by Züm route 501A.

Route 77 was declared fully accessible in February 2012.

Route 77 was renamed from "Highway 7-Centre" to "Highway 7" on June 30, 2013, although some destination signs have showed that for a long time.

Route 77A was resurrected on July 14, 2014, however instead of its initial purpose, the route now acts as a peak period bypass to/from Yonge St. for passengers destined or starting west of Jane St., traveling between Highway 407 between Yonge St. and Jane St.

Route 77 is temporary rerouted in February 2017 to service the Highway 7 west rapidway between Jane and Keele since there aren't any viva route in service for rapidway, As Viva Orange is rerouted to serve highway 7, 77 will operated back on mixed traffic effective December 17th.

Vehicles

Route 77 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR/XD40. Occasionally Van Hool A330 or Nova Bus LFS may provide service. may provide service. Route 77A is primarily a 40ft route and uses Van Hool A330, New Flyer XD40, and Nova Bus LFS as they are the only vehicles in Southwest with Highway 407 transponders.

Major Stops

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
77 via Centre 15 22 15 30 31 Not operated.
77 via Clark Not operated. 42
77A 30 Not operated. 30 Not operated.

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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