York Region Transit route 99 'Yonge'

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York Region Transit route 99 'Yonge' is wheelchair accessible.
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99 Yonge
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 local route operated by York Region Transit in Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Route Details

The current routing of route 99.

Route 99 serves Yonge Street between Finch Avenue and Bernard Avenue.

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.

Branches

This route has 3 branches:

Historical Branches

History

D40LF #313 at Richmond Hill Centre on route 99.
A300 #501 at Richmond Hill Centre on route 99.
D40LF #703 at Finch GO Bus Terminal on route 99.

Transit service on Yonge Street in York Region first appeared as radial service. A suburban streetcar line ran along Yonge Street 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 Avenue, like service today. 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 Street 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.

  • August 30, 2003 - YRT took over operations from GO Transit in 2003, 2 years after amalgamation. It also acquired a number of Orion Vs from the takeover. The route had the number 99 added. Only one short turn remained, at Major Mackenzie Drive. Service was very frequent, with a bus arriving every 3-4 minutes. Service was also boosted by a number of routes using Yonge Street to access Finch Station, including high-frequency routes 1 and 77.
  • September 5, 2004 - The weekday peak-period short turn branch to Harding Boulevard and Major Mackenzie Drive is denoted by the branch 99A.
  • September 4, 2005 - A number of changes to this route occurred. Peak-period short turn 99A branch is discontinued due to increased service along Yonge Street with the introduction of Viva Blue service operating between Finch Station and Bernard Terminal. This severely cut route 99 into a local-orientated route. Also, Richmond Hill Centre Terminal was opened at Yonge Street 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. Select weekday trips will also divert to Langstaff GO Station via High Tech Road and Red Maple Road. All service on this route is now accessible.
  • November 20, 2005 - Weekday select trips to Langstaff GO Station is eliminated due to low ridership. Service continues to operate to Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. New 98/99 interlined late night service provides a transfer-free trip along Yonge Street north of Bernard Terminal to Newmarket.
  • April 30, 2006 - Late-night 98/99 interlined service was extended north along Yonge Street from Newmarket GO Bus Terminal to Green Lane.
  • September 3, 2006 - Route is renamed from Yonge 'C' to Yonge South. This, and similar changes to routes 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.
  • November 6, 2008 - 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.
  • September 2009 - Route 99 was one of the first routes declared fully low-floor accessible.
  • September 5, 2010 - To prevent confusion, the 'South' suffix was removed from route signs.

Vehicles

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

Route Maps

Daytime Service

Late-Night Service

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
99
Finch GO Bus Terminal 99
Yonge St. @ Steeles Ave. 99
Yonge St. @ Royal Orchard Blvd. 99
Richmond Hill Centre Terminal 99
Yonge St. @ Major Mackenzie Dr. 99
Bernard Terminal 99

Historical Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
99 99A
Finch GO Bus Terminal 99 99A
Yonge St. @ Steeles Ave. 99 99A
Yonge St. @ Royal Orchard Blvd. 99 99A
Yonge St. @ Major Mackenzie Dr. 99 99A
Bernard Terminal 99

Service Summary

Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Evening Late Night Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
Sept 2020-Present 99 25 35 23 35 See 98/99 39 50 36 40 45 40
Early 2020 99 19 32 22 See 98/99 39 50 36 40 45 40
2019 99
2018 99
2017 99
2016 99
2015 99
2014 99
2013 99 19-22 22 12 22 30 35 32 35 35 30 35
2012 99 19-22 22 12 22 30 35 32 35 35 30 35
2011 99 19-22 22 12 22 30 35 32 35 35 30 35
2010 99 4-22 22 11 22 30 35 35 35 35 30 35
2009 99
2008 99
2007 99 9 30 9 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
2006 99 9 30 9 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
2005 99 9 30 9 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
2004 99 4-15 15 4-15 20 30 15 15 15 30 30 30
2003 99 4-15 15 4-15 20 30 15 15 15 30 30 30


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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
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