York Region Transit route 1 'Highway 7'

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York Region Transit logo 2018.png
1 Highway 7 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, E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX Wc15.JPG
Division Southeast (Markham)
Related routes Viva Purple, Viva Pink

1 Highway 7 is a base route operated by YRT in Richmond Hill and Markham, ON.

Basic

Route 1 mainly serves Highway 7 between Bayview Ave. and Donald Cousens Pkwy., and High Tech Rd.

This route has 1 branch:

This route serves the Langstaff, Buttonville, Unionville, Bullock, Markham Village, Cornell, and Cedar Grove communities. It also serves the Town of Richmond Hill Municipal Offices, Seneca College Markham Campus, Unionville High School, Markham Civic Centre, Bill Crothers Secondary School, Markville Mall, and Cornell Community Centre.

Route 1 shares much of its length with Viva Purple, and also Viva Pink and Viva Green during peak periods. It connects to Viva Blue at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.

History

Route 1 was first operated by Markham Transit as it's North Trunk route. Buses ran to Finch Station, alternating between Yonge and Bayview. This was because service along these streets were provided by GO Transit at the time, and residents wanted a regular-fare service. Service looped in the east end along Main St. Markham, Robinson St., Joseph St., Maple St., Church St. and 9th Line. When Markham-Stouffville Hospital opened, service was extended the short distance into the hospital. The routing along Church Street remained, however.

When Markham Transit was amalgamated into YRT in 2001, it remained in mostly the same form, but with the route name changed to 1 Highway 7. In 2003, YRT took over operations of the Bayview and Yonge 'C' GO buses, replacing them with routes 91 and 99 respectively. This reduced the need for route 1's service on these roads, although it remained to provide extra service south of Highway 7.

Viva was introduced in September 2005 along the Highway 7 corridor, with additional extensions opening in October and January 2006. Although replaced by Viva Blue down Yonge St., route 1 still ran via both Yonge and Bayview into Finch Station, with the Yonge branch diverting into the newly-opened Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. April 2006 brought around a major restructuring to route 1, with the Yonge and Bayview legs being eliminated and all service terminating at Richmond Hill Centre.

A pedestrian bridge from Richmond Hill Centre to Langstaff GO Station was opened in April 2008, eliminating diversions into the GO station to meet trains. Also in April 2008, rush hour service was removed from Church St., providing two-way service along Highway 7. Off-peak service was temporarily removed in July 2012 due to construction on Main St. Markham, although the 2013 Annual Service Plan made this a permanent fix.

Route 1 was declared fully accessible in December 2012.

With the successful lobbying from the Cornell Rate Payers Association to minimize transit routes serving the hospital vicinity, route 1 was extended east to serve the Box Grove Smart!Centres on June 30, 2013.

Vehicles

Route 1 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR, New Flyer XD40, and Nova Bus LFS. Rarely, 30ft E-Z Rider II/BRT/MAX may be found during early weekday evenings.

Major Stops

Summary

Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
1 26 40 28 36 45-48 50 40 50 52 57 52

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 - SmartVMC - 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 12 13 14 16 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 32 33/33A 40 41 42 44 45 50 52 54 55 56 57/57A 77 80 81 82 83/83A 85/85C 86 87 88 90/90B 91/91A/91B/91E 96 98/98E 99 105 107/107B 165/165F 522 760
TTC-operated 17A 68B 102D 129A 160
Shuttles 201 202 203 204 222 240 241 243
Express 300 301 302 303 304
Mobility
On-Request
61 - 520/521 - 589/590 - Aurora-Oak Ridges - Blue Willow Community - Holland Landing - Keswick - Mapleglen - Mount Albert - North - Sutton-Pefferlaw - Velore Local - Woodbridge
School Specials 401 402 405 406 410 411 412 413 415 417 418 420 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 432 440 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 452 460 461 462 464 465 466
Viva Blue/Blue A - Purple - Pink - Orange - Green - Yellow - Silver
Discontinued 2A 6 9 10 11 15 18 24D 25D 27 28 31 33 34 35D 37D 51 53 58 59 66 69 80 81 84 87 88E 107F 200 203 210 215 220 220/221 222 223/223A 224B 224C/224D 225 242 244 260 318/319 320 340 360 400 401 402 404 405 408 409 410 414 416 421 422 440 441 442 443 451 463 466 560 561 800 Business Shuttle Markham Fair
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