York Region Transit route 85 'Rutherford'

York Region Transit route 85 'Rutherford' is wheelchair accessible.
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85 Rutherford
Number of Branches 1
Types of buses used New Flyer D40LF/R Wc15.JPG, Van Hool A330 Wc15.JPG, New Flyer XD40 Wc15.JPG, Nova Bus LFS Wc15.JPG
Division Southwest (Vaughan)
Related routes 16

85 Rutherford is a local bus route operated by York Region Transit in Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Route Details

 
The current routing of route 85.

Route 85 mainly serves Rutherford Road and Carrville Road.

This route serves the Woodbridge, Vellore Woods, Concord, Maple, Thornhill Woods, Richvale, and Bayview Hill communities. It also serves Emily Carr Secondary School, Vaughan Mills Terminal, and Hillcrest Mall. Some trips also serve Rutherford GO Station.

Routes 85 connects to Viva Blue at Yonge Street.

Branches

This route has 2 main branches:

  • 85 Napa Valley Ave. - Leslie St. (Monday to Saturday)
  • 85 Al Palladini C.C. - Leslie St. (Sundays)

Historic Branches

History

 
Orion V #011 at Rutherford GO Station on route 85B.
 
SLF #106 on route 85B.
 
D40LF #402 on Church Street on route 85.
 
D40LFR #1026 on route 85.
 
LFS #1621 on Rutherford Road on route 85.

Route 85 used to be 2 separate routes (Vaughan Transit route 9 and Richmond Hill Transit route 5). Together, they operated between Islington Avenue and Rodick Road.

  • January 1, 2001 - When YRT took over regional transit service, the routes only operated during peak periods east of Mural Street and west of Bathurst Street, and six-days-a-week between Bathurst Street and Mural Street. The original routes 5 and 9 were still operated separately and under their original Vaughan and Richmond Hill Transit numbers.
  • September 4, 2001 - Route 9 and Route 5 are combined into route 85. Service is adjusted for buses to connect to morning and evening GO trains at Rutherford GO Station.
  • May 12, 2002 - New branch 85A is introduced providing service to the Beaver Creek/Commerce Valley business park. Also, service west of Bathurst Street and east of Leslie Street is expanded to provide all-day weekday and Saturday service between Islington Avenue and Ninth Line. Sunday service is expanded to operate between Jane Street and Warden Avenue.
  • September 5, 2004 - Route 85 was extended to the west to serve Islington Avenue via Rutherford Road and Napa Valley Drive. Branch 85B was introduced providing service between the Vellore Village and Vellore Woods communities in Woodbridge to the commercial area of Bathurst Street and East Beaver Creek.
  • November 7, 2004 - Service was upgraded to daily service between Vaughan Mills and Warden Avenue (this new branch, route 85C, was not used in schedules, but was used in destination signs). Eventually, demand pushed it to expand service west to Islington Avenue and east to Markham-Stouffville Hospital, therefore covering the whole route.
  • May 8, 2005 - Sunday service is expanded to operate between Napa Valley Avenue in Vaughan and Markham-Stouffville Hospital.
  • September 4, 2005 - Service along Country Glen Road and White's Hill Avenue near Markham-Stouffville Hospital is discontinued, with all service in the area operated along 9th Line.
  • September 3, 2006 - Eastern routing via Country Glen Road is discontinued, replaced with service via Bur Oak Avenue. and White's Hill Avenue.
  • January 28, 2007 - Eastern routing is adjusted to fully serve Bur Oak Avenue, with the jog between 16th Avenue and White's Hill Avenue via 9th Line discontinued.
  • September 4, 2007 - Service is adjusted to operate into Rutherford GO Station during weekday rush hours only to meet GO train trips. At all other times, buses will operate direct on Rutherford Road.
  • January 27, 2008 - The eastern terminus is revised to loop on-street instead of terminating within Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Buses now loop via east on Church Street, north on Bur Oak Avenue, and west on 16th Avenue.
  • June 2008 - The old route 85A (Bathurst - Beaver Creek) was scrapped, and the portion through Beaver Creek was replaced by the new route 244. Route 85 was also cut back to Vaughan Mills. A new route 85A was created, providing overlapping service along the busy portion between Yonge and Vaughan Mills, while replacing route 85 service west of Vaughan Mills. On weekends, route 85A operates as a shuttle between Napa Valley/Islington and Vaughan Mills only, connecting to route 85 there. These changes are meant to solve the reliability issues surrounding the long route 85 trips and provide extra service. Route 85's frequency was also increased during rush hours, providing a much-needed solution to overcrowding east of Beaver Creek.
  • November 16, 2008 - New limited service introduced operating through the Cornell neighbourhood in order to provide better service for students attending Brother Andre Catholic High School. One trip in each direction on weekdays will divert via White's Hill Avenue, Cornell Rouge Boulevard, Morning Dove Drive, and Old Markham By-Pass to 16th Avenue.
  • September 2009 - Routes 85, 85A, and 85B were one of the first routes declared fully accessible.
  • April 24, 2011 - Branch 85 no longer serves the bus terminal at Rutherford GO Station. Branches 85A and 85B continue to serve the station.
  • September 2011 - The Whites Hill diversion in Markham and the Fossil Hill/Maria Antonia diversion in Vaughan were cut from this route.
  • June 30, 2013 - The 2013 Annual Service Plan restructured the route again. The east half of route 85 was renumbered to route 16, providing service between Lebovic Village Community Centre and Markham-Stouffville Hospital. Route 85A became the new route 85, providing service between Napa Valley Avenue and Yonge Street, with service operated by Southwest Division. The route is also renamed from Rutherford-16th Avenue to Rutherford. Route 85B was discontinued. Service in the Vellore Woods community was replaced by the new route 21 and service in the Beaver Creek Business Park was replaced by the reinstated route 244.
  • July 28, 2013 - As a result of customer feedback, the route is extended in the east from Yonge Street to Leslie Street. Sunday service will short-turn in the west at the Al Palladini Community Centre with Monday-Saturday service operating the full route to Napa Valley Avenue.
  • June 26, 2016 - All service on the main 85 branch is extended to Napa Valley Avenue and the Sunday short-turn service to Al Palladini Community Centre is discontinued.
  • April 5, 2020 - Branch 85C is temporarily suspended due to lower ridership from the COVID-19 pandemic. Branch 85 continues to operate.
  • June 28, 2020 - Due to safety concerns, westbound buses entering Vaughan Mills Terminal will no longer operate via Julliard Drive south of Rutherford Road, and will instead use the roadway opposite Sweet River Boulevard and Fishermens Way. The eastbound routing is unchanged.
  • October 31, 2021 - Branch 85C has been suspended since April 2020 due to COVID-19 service reductions. The branch will no longer be reinstated and is declared as discontinued.

Vehicles

Route 85 is primarily a 40ft route, and uses New Flyer D40LF/D40LFR/XD40. Occasionally, Van Hool A330 or Nova Bus LFS buses may provide service.

Route Maps

Summary

Major Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
85
Rutherford Rd. @ Napa Valley Ave. 85
Rutherford Rd. @ Weston Rd. 85
Vaughan Mills Mall 85
Rutherford Rd. @ Keele St. 85
Rutherford GO Station 85
Carrville Rd. @ Bathurst St. 85
Carrville Rd. @ Yonge St. 85
16th Ave. @ Leslie St. 85

Historical Stops

Major Stop Branches Notes
85 85 85 85A 85B 85B 85C
Rutherford Rd. @ Napa Valley Ave. 85 85
Rutherford Rd. @ Islington Ave. 85 85 85
Davos Rd. @ Weston Rd. 85B 85B
Vaughan Mills Mall 85 85B 85C
Rutherford Rd. @ Weston Rd. 85 85 85 85B 85B 85C
Rutherford Rd. @ Jane St. 85 85 85 85B 85B 85C
Rutherford Rd. @ Keele St. 85 85 85 85B 85B 85C
Rutherford GO Station 85 85 85 85B 85B 85C
Rutherford Rd. @ Bathurst St. 85 85 85 85A 85B 85B 85C
Carrville Rd. @ Yonge St. 85 85 85 85A 85B 85B 85C
16th Ave. @ Leslie St. 85 85 85 85A 85B 85B 85C
East Beaver Creek Rd. @ Highway 7 85A 85B 85B
16th Ave. @ Woodbine Ave. 85 85 85
16th Ave. @ McCowan Rd. 85 85 85
Markham-Stouffville Hospital 85 85 85

Service Summary

Frequencies
Period Branch Weekdays Saturday Sunday
AM Peak Midday PM Peak Early Evening Late Evening Early AM Day Evening Early AM Day Evening
2021 Oct-Present 85 18 24 19 25 32 32 27 29 40 41 41
Jan-Sep 85 29 27 24-30 31 31 32 27 29 40 41 41
2020 85 29 27 24-30 31 31 32 27 29 40 41 41
2019 85/85C 13-16 24 24 30 30 24 24 24 38 38 38
2018 85/85C 13-16 24 24 30 30 24 24 24 38 38 38
2017 85/85C 27 24 24 30 30 24 24 24 38 38 38
2016 85/85C 27 24 24 30 30 24 24 24 38 38 38
2015 85/85C 27 24 24 30 30 24 24 24 33 33 33
2014 85/85C 10-17 22 17-30 30 30 23 23 23 33 33 33
2013 85 17 22 27-30 30 30 23 23 23 33 33 33
2012 85/85A/85B 5-24 25-33 5-22 30-45 30 15 15 15 20 20 20
2011 85/85A/85B 5-25 30 5-22 30-45 N/A 15 15 15 20 20 20
2010 85/85A/85B 5-25 30 5-22 30-45 N/A 15 15 15 20 20 20
2009 85/85A/85B
2008 85/85A/85B
2007 85/85A/85B 5-25 30 5-22 30-45 N/A 30 30 30-60 60 60 60
2006 85/85A/85B 5-25 30 5-22 30-45 N/A 30 30 30-60 60 60 60
2005 85/85A/85B 5-25 30 5-22 30-45 N/A 30 30 30-60 60 60 60
2004 85/85A/85B 10-25 30 10-25 60 N/A 30 30 60 60 60 60
2003 85/85A 30-35 30 30 60 N/A 30 30 60 60 60 60
2002 85/85A 25-30 30 30 30-60 N/A 30 30 30 60 60 60
2001 85


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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
Greater Golden Horseshoe Agencies