As part of the regular service-planning process, York Region Transit has released their proposed service initiatives for 2013—that is, the changes to the transit system they're considering implementing next year.
Below is a list of existing routes that would be affected by the proposed changes.
|24D/224B/224C/224D||Victoria Park North|
|201||Markham GO Shuttle|
|203||Milliken GO Shuttle|
|220||Keswick GO Shuttle|
|222||Aurora–Newmarket GO Shuttle|
|223||Newmarket GO Shuttle|
|241||Beverley Acres GO Shuttle|
|242||North Richvale GO Shuttle|
|404||Father McGivney School Special|
|409||Markham District High School Special via Bur Oak|
|414||Unionville/Bill Crothers/Markham District High School Special|
|422||Huron Heights High School Special|
Right now we're roughly in the middle of YRT's current five-year plan (PDF link), which is focused on
realignment of the transit system following its rapid expansion over the five years before.
Realignment in this context appears to mean bringing service levels in-line with the ridership of the areas being serviced, which translates in many cases to a reduction in service or the elimination of a transit route altogether. However, there are also new routes YRT is looking at introducing, and some of the service adjustments may at least have the useful side-effect of simplifying the transit network so it becomes easier to navigate.
Have Your Say
Bear in mind that all these changes are still in the planning stage. Before committing to any of them, YRT is soliciting feedback from riders through a series of Public Information Centres, or PICs, held over the next month across the nine municipalities that make up the region.
Starting tomorrow, you'll have the opportunity to meet with YRT staff and share your thoughts on the proposed changes. (Make sure you read the Service Plan documents ahead of time!) The first PIC is being held tomorrow at the Aurora Public Library, at 15145 Yonge Street, in the front lobby from 4 to 7 pm. The complete list of PICs with dates and locations is on YRT's website. I'll also be posting reminders here and on Twitter as each date comes up.
How would these service changes affect you? Do you think YRT should re-think some of the service reductions they're considering? Post a comment and let us know.