The Regional Municipality of York and members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587, representing employees of First Canada and Miller Transport, and ATU Local 113 representing employees of York BRT Services, have not reached agreements. As a result, ATU members withdrew their services at 12:01 a.m. today, Monday, October 24, impacting York Region Transit’s Southeast, North and Viva divisions.
First Canada operates YRT’s North Division, providing bus service along 29 YRT routes in the Towns of Aurora and Newmarket, with some routes in the Towns of East Gwillimbury Georgina and Richmond Hill and the Township of King.
Miller Transport operates YRT’s Southeast Division, providing bus service along 51 YRT routes in the Towns of Markham, Richmond Hill and Whitchurch - Stouffville, with some routes in the City of Vaughan.
York BRT Services operates the Viva Division, providing Viva bus service along five Viva routes in the Towns of Aurora, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill and the City of Vaughan.
YRT / Viva staff are at terminals this morning to help customers and outline other ways to get around. YRT is also extending the hours of its Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978).
You can learn more about the strike and how it affect you from updates on www.yrt.ca and www.york.ca. Residents can also follow York Region on Twitter @YorkRegionGovt and Facebook facebook.com/YorkRegion.
Some alternative ways to get around York Region during the strike include:
- Car pooling - Smart Commute offers a carpool matching service at www.carpoolzone.ca.
- Traveling on other YRT routes - The strike does not affect service along more than 30 YRT routes in the Southwest Division that Veolia Southwest provides. These routes mostly serve the City of Vaughan, but also parts of the Towns of Aurora, Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill and the Township of King. You can find out whether buses operate along your route here.
- Traveling on north / south TTC buses in York Region.
- Traveling on GO Transit buses and trains and Brampton Transit Züm buses. (Brampton Transit may add extra service on the 501 Züm Queen route to help passengers that usually use the Viva orange service between Martin Grove Road and York University’s Keele Campus.)