Last day for free rides on YRT and Viva buses

It’s no April Fool’s joke: for the first time since Saturday, February 4, you’ll have to pay a fare when you board York Region Transit and Viva buses, starting tomorrow, Sunday, April 1.

The Regional Municipality of York has picked up the transit tab for two months to compensate riders who had no transit service for more than three months after a strike that started Monday, October 24.

Passengers riding TTC buses serving the City of Vaughan and the Towns of Richmond Hill and Markham and GO Transit buses operating along the 69 Sutton / Newmarket route, who also received free rides as long as their buses were traveling in York Region, will also have to start paying to ride.

Remember, you can use Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Weekly Passess as fare on all TTC, MiWay, Brampton Transit and York Region Transit / Viva vehicles. Passengers with a GTA Pass don’t have to pay an extra fare when they’re riding a bus that crosses municipal boundaries.

Many passengers have not had to pay YRT / Viva fares since the strike started Monday, October 24. In the meantime, YRT raised the fares, starting New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1. You can find a reminder on much it costs to ride YRT and Viva buses here.