York Region Transit route 589/590 'Richmond Hill Local'

York Region Transit route 589/590 'Richmond Hill Local' is wheelchair accessible.
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589/590 Richmond Hill Local
Number of Branches 2
Types of buses used EZ Rider MAX Wc15.JPG
Division Southwest (Mobility Plus)
Related routes None

589/590 Richmond Hill Community Bus was a community route operated by York Region Transit in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Route Details

The route operated on Yonge Street, Dunlop Street, Pugsley Avenue, Major Mackenzie Drive, and Harding Boulevard.

This route served Mon Sheong Court, Bernard Terminal, Upper Yonge Plaza, Richmond Heights Plaza, Central Library, Richmond Hill GO Station, York Medical Building, Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, T&T Supermarket Plaza, Hillcrest Mall, and South Hill Plaza. It also served many of the residences in central Richmond Hill.

Route 589/590 connected to VIVA Blue on Yonge Street at 16th Avenue/Carrville Road, Weldrick Road, Major Mackenzie Drive, Crosby Avenue, Elgin Mills Road, and Bernard Avenue.

Branches

This route had 2 branches:

  • 589 Richmond Hill Community Bus - Counter-clockwise (7 days a week)
  • 590 Richmond Hill Community Bus - Clockwise (7 days a week)

History

Service was first operated on a community-bus type approach to the seniors in the central Richmond Hill area by Richmond Hill Transit. Orion IIs and/or SoLos were operating at this time. Starting in 2007, the vehicle type changed to the Mobility Plus ELF vehicles instead of conventional vehicles (SLF and EZ Rider II). This was to keep more in line with the other community bus routes, which also ran using ELFs. Since there were no destination signs on the ELFs, a sheet of paper describing the route was put in the windows of the vehicles. November 2008 saw the return of conventional vehicles (EZ Riders), however this was likely unplanned as buses ran without destination signs displaying route info.

  • September 4, 2001 - York Region Transit inherited this from Richmond Hill Transit during the merger and continued to operate the route with conventional low-floor buses (II, SoLo and now SLFs). The route was assigned the number 89, keeping with the other Richmond Hill-area routes.
  • May 12, 2002 - New weekend service is introduced. Route is extended east on Major Mackenzie Drive past Bayview Avenue to serve the Walmart Plaza.
  • September 2, 2008 - Route is renumbered from 89 to 589.
  • September 8, 2009 - McConaghy Centre will no longer be served on Sundays. Service to the Richmond Hill Centre Library and on Baif Boulevard is removed.
  • December 20, 2009 - Service along Baif Boulevard is restored.
  • November 14, 2011 - Route 589 is reorganized to operate in a counter clockwise direction and route 590 is introduced to operate in a clockwise direction. Community bus service is expanded to serve new locations and streets within Richmond Hill. New locations include Loblaws - Richmond Hill Market, 10870 Yonge Street (Longos/Rexall), the medical building at 955 Major Mackenzie Drive West, Richmond Hill Central Library (Sundays only), and the South Hill Shopping Centre.
  • June 29, 2014 - Route is modified to serve the medical building at 955 Major Mackenzie Drive West on Ilan Roman Boulevard. Also, buses operating on Sundays will no longer loop within the Richmond Hill Library property. On Sundays, the library can only be accessed via on-street stops on Major Mackenzie Drive at Yonge Street.
  • April 29, 2018 - Service on Ilan Ramon Boulevard, Valley Vista Drive, and Major Mackenzie Drive west of Trench Street is removed and the route will no longer serve the medical centre at 955 Major Mackenzie Drive West. Service is extended north along Yonge Street to Devonsleigh Boulevard where the new northern terminus is Mon Sheong Court. Southbound 590 buses operate via east on Devonsleigh Boulevard, south on Yorkland Street, and west on Bernard Avenue to the Loblaws at Yonge Street.
  • June 30, 2019 - Due to low ridership, weekend and Holiday service is discontinued. Route is renamed from "Richmond Hill Community Bus" to "Richmond Hill Local".
  • April 5, 2020 - Route is replaced with Mobility On-Request Richmond Hill Local. Instead of operating over fixed bus route, service will provide direct pick-up and drop-off between any YRT stops along the former 589/590 route. Service will operate from 7:00am to 3:00pm.

Vehicles

Route 589/590 operated mainly with the 99x-series EZ Rider MAX buses.

Route Maps

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
589/590
Hillcrest Mall 589/590
South Hill Plaza 589/590
Marshall St. / Observatory Lane Residences 589/590
Baif Residences 589/590
33 Weldrick Rd. East 589/590
T&T Supermarket Plaza 589/590
York Medical Building 589/590
Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital 589/590
955 Major Mackenzie Dr. West 589/590
McConaghy Centre 589/590
Richmond Hill Central Library 589/590
Smart!Centres Plaza (Food Basics/Walmart) 589/590
Rosetown Apartments 589/590
Dunlop Residences 589/590
Richmond Heights Plaza 589/590
Upper Yonge Plaza (Loblaws) 589/590
Mon Sheong Court 589/590

Service Summary

Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2020 589/590 On-Request On-Request N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2008 589/590 N/A 60 60 N/A N/A 60 60 N/A 60 60 N/A
2004 89 N/A 55-65 55-65 N/A N/A 55-65 55-65 N/A 60 60 N/A


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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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