York Region Transit ridership tops 23 million

More than 78,000 riders rely on York Region Transit (YRT/Viva) every weekday, helping increase ridership by 1.2 per cent to 23.1 million last year.

That represents an overall increase of YRT/Viva 300,000 riders compared to 2016, according to the 2017 Transit Performance report, which outlines ridership statistics and system performance updates.

“In 2017, York Region was the first in Canada for so many new transit initiatives, including the first mobile pay fare and the first opening of a GTA subway service in over 40 years,” says Wayne Emmerson, York Region chairman and CEO. “In 2018, we will continue to invest in innovative transit options, which support and enhance the diverse transit needs of our growing communities.”

With a total revenue of $72 million and total direct operating expenditures of $178.8 million, YRT maintained a revenue-to-cost ratio of 40 per cent – a ratio it expects to maintain again this year. YRT realigned transit services to the TTC Line 1 subway extension and began operating service to two new bus terminals, with the third to open this year. It also implemented Wi-Fi at all YRT transit terminals and launched the YRT Live Chat service last year.

“Well-planned transit helps to shape and connect our communities,” said Vito Spatafora, Town of Richmond Hill regional councillor and region transportation services chair. “To build on this transit ridership growth, initiatives like the Frequent Transit Network identified in the region’s Transportation Master Plan will help to strengthen our reliable and efficient transit system and attract new ridership.”

For planned service changes, major service alerts, news and travel tips, call 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), visit yrt.ca, download the YRT/Viva app or follow YRT/Viva on social media. You can also check out talk2yrt.ca, a website where you can view questions and answers about YRT/Viva or submit your own questions.

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