York Region Transit route 8 'Kennedy'

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8 Kennedy Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 1
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R Wc15.JPG, New Flyer XD40 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFS Wc15.JPG, Orion V Wc15.JPG
Division Southeast (Markham)
Related routes None

8 Kennedy is a base route operated by YRT in Markham, ON.

Basic

Route 8 mainly serves Kennedy Road between Steeles Ave. and Major Mackenzie Dr.

This route has 1 branch:

  • 8 Steeles Avenue - Major Mackenzie

This route serves the Milliken Mills West, Unionville, and Berczy communities. It also serves Milliken Mills High School, Milliken Mills Community Centre, Milliken Mills Library, Unionville GO Station, Bill Crothers Secondary School, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School.

Route 8 connects to Viva Pink at Unionville GO Station, and Viva Green and Viva Purple at Rivis Rd. and Highway 7. A small portion of the route is shared with Viva Purple and Viva Green, between Rivis Rd. and Highway 7.

History

The first service along Kennedy Rd. was provided by Markham Transit route 4, which operated on Kennedy between Steeles Ave. and Unionville Gate, and on Main St. Unionville north to Carlton Rd. This was replaced by the rush-hour route 43C of the TTC by the late 1980s. Buses travelled north on Kennedy to Unionville Gate, north on Main St. Unionville to Highway 7, east to Kennedy, north to 16th Ave., and east to an off-street loop at McCowan Rd. and 16th Ave. Markham Transit took over operation of this route in January 1998 as their route 8, and extended it north to an on-street loop at Angus Glen Blvd.

YRT took over this service and expanded the looping to William Berczy Blvd. and Major Mackenzie Dr. Service was also realigned off of Main St. Unionville, and through Unionville GO Station when the new location was opened in 2004.

Select trips were extended to Angus Glen Community Centre in November 2008, due to student requests to have a transfer-free connection from Kennedy to Angus Glen. This service was removed later in 2010 due to low ridership.

Route 8 was declared fully accessible in September 2010.

Service was removed on The Fairways, Prospectors Dr., and Angus Glen Blvd. on April 19, 2015 due to low ridership in that section and to provide a better grid network for passengers travelling on Kennedy.

Vehicles

Route 8 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR, New Flyer XD40, and Nova Bus LFS. Rarely Orion V may be found during early weekday mornings.

Major Stops

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
8 15 33 15 35 Not operated. 34 36 34 70 35 70

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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