York Region Transit route 99 'Yonge'

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99 Yonge Wc15.JPG
Number of Branches 3
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R Wc15.JPG, New Flyer XD40 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFS Wc15.JPG E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX Wc15.JPG
Division Southeast (Route 99)
Related routes Viva Blue

99 Yonge (previously known as 99 Yonge 'C' and 99 Yonge South) is a base route operated by YRT in Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, and Toronto, ON.

Basic

Route 99 serves Yonge St. between Finch Ave. and Bernard Ave.

This route has 3 branches:

Route 99 serves the Downtown Richmond Hill, Bayview Glen, and Thornhill communities. It also serves Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Richmond Hill Central Library, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill Centre Terminal, Thornhill Village, Thornhill Secondary School, and Centerpoint Mall.

Route 99 shares its entire length with Viva Blue and Viva Pink between Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and Finch Station.

History

Transit service on Yonge St. in York Region first appeared as radial service. A suburban streetcar line ran along Yonge St. between Glen Echo (in Toronto) and the shores of Lake Simcoe. This was abandoned and replaced by a bus service operating to Richmond Hill, possibly to Bernard, like today's service. The TTC operated this service as 59 North Yonge, and there were many zonal boundaries to be crossed (Richmond Hill was boundary 4). GO Transit later started operating local and express service along Yonge St. from its York Mills Terminal. Express service ran to Newmarket (Newmarket 'B'), while local service mostly ran to Bernard Terminal (Yonge 'C'). There were numerous short turns on the local service, which changed often, and the route at one time had as many as 4 short turns.

YRT took over operations from GO Transit in 2003, 2 years after amalgamation. It also acquired a number of Orion Vs from GO Transit in the takeover. The route had the number 99 added. Only one short turn remained, at Major Mackenzie Dr., numbered route 99A. Service was very frequent, with a bus arriving every 3-4 minutes. Service was also boosted by a number of routes using Yonge St. to access Finch Station, including high-frequency routes 1 and 77.

In September 2005, a number of changes to this route occurred. Viva service started operating along Yonge St. between Finch Station and Bernard Terminal. This severely cut the once-mighty route into a local-orientated route. Also, Richmond Hill Centre was opened at Yonge St. and Highway 7, with buses now diverting into the terminal from both directions. With the introduction of Viva, GO Transit's express service Newmarket 'B' was reduced to rush hours only. Viva Pink started operations in January 2006, giving more peak-period service to the section south of Highway 7.

Route 99 has only had a few more changes after this. Its name changed from 99 Yonge 'C' to 99 Yonge South in 2006. This, and similar changes to 91 Bayview and 90 Leslie, promoted the area of the region it served better, and so as to not cause confusion between similar services running in Newmarket (98 Yonge North, 54 Bayview North and 58 Leslie North, respectively). Also, late-night service is run integrated with route 98, so buses on route 99 also run on route 98 up to Green Lane in Newmarket, and vice-versa.

Route 99 was indirectly affected by the York University strike between November 6, 2008 and January 29, 2009 due to a high proportion of riders living along the route who commute to York University.

Route 99 was one of the first routes declared fully accessible in September 2009.

On September 5, 2010, to prevent confusion, the 'South' suffix was removed from route signs.

Operations for route 99 and 98/99 late night were transferred from Southwest Division to Southeast Division on August 31, 2014.

Vehicles

Route 99 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR/XD40 and Nova Bus LFS. 30ft vehicles like E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX are used on rush hour.

Major Stops

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Evening Late Night Early AM Day Evening Late Night Early AM Day Evening Late Night
99 19 32 22 Not operated; see 98/99. 39 50 36 Not operated; see 98/99. 40 45 40 Not operated; see 98/99.
98/99 Not operated; see 98 or 99. 36 Not operated; see 98 or 99. 47 Not operated; see 98 or 99. 47

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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