Fares for PRESTO cards, monthly passes and tickets will increase by a weighted average of two per cent as of Friday, July 1, 2016. All cash fares will remain at the existing rate.
YRT/Viva has seen an increase in ridership from 18.3 million in 2009 to 22.1 million in 2015, an increase of approximately 22 per cent. Fare changes offset rising operating costs and support the cost of delivering service to the growing ridership.
PRESTO cards, discounted monthly passes and books of tickets continue to be an economical option for all riders as they lower the cost per trip. In many cases, PRESTO cards and discounted monthly passes qualify for the federal public transit tax credit.
These changes are part of a two-year plan for YRT/Viva fare changes approved by York Regional Council in March 2015, effective July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016.
Fare changes ensure balanced costs between riders and taxpayers and is consistent with other GTA transit systems. As a transit system servicing a large geographical area, significant transit investment is required to support growing ridership in one of Ontario’s fastest growing regions.
YRT/Viva continues to expand and improve services to meet customer needs and growing demand. Highlights of service improvements that support YRT/Viva’s 2016 Annual Service Plan objectives include:
Dial-a-Ride service, an on-request service available in the Towns of East Gwillimbury, Georgina and designated areas of Newmarket
Implementation of Newmarket pulse network which will synchronize schedules allowing customers to transfer routes in a shorter period of time
Implementation of Frequent Transit Network initiative, in phases, improving frequency on base routes
Implementation of new express route between the Park & Ride lots in Newmarket, Aurora and the Beaver Creek employment area
Implementation of TapRide, a mobile app that allows customers to book on-demand trips on Route 56 – Gorham-Eagle, Dial-a-Ride service between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on weekends
Construction of rapidways on sections of Highway 7 and Yonge Street