High School Special bus routes to be reinstated

As York Region Transit (YRT) prepares to reinstate all High School Special and Express routes, it’s reminding riders that face masks or coverings are mandatory.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 6, YRT will also reinstate select routes that had been suspended due to the pandemic, including 91E Bayview, 98E Yonge Express, 165F Weston and 760 Vaughan Mills. It will also adjust some Mobility On-Request (MOR) services. MOR is a ride-sharing service allowing travellers to access transit when and where they need it. Visit www.yrt.ca/mor to learn more.

Increased weekday frequency along Hwy. 7 is also on the books. Early morning frequency will be adjusted from about 58 to 35 minutes; morning rush hour from about 58 to 25 minutes; midday from about 48 to 44 minutes; afternoon rush hour about 58 to 30 minutes; and early evening from about 53 to 51 minutes.

YRT will also adjust span of service. The first trip eastbound from Hwy. 7/Cochrane Avenue, for instance, will depart at 4:01 a.m. The first trip westbound from Box Grove Walmart will depart at 4:30 a.m. and the last trip on that route will depart at 12:48 a.m. Learn more at www.yrt.ca/en/schedules-and-maps/service-changes.aspx#1—Highway-7.

Many YRT services will continue to operate on a reduced schedule or not at all as a result of the pandemic. Travellers should visit yrt.ca/servicechanges before travelling to review changes that might impact their plans.

YRT continues to implement a variety of safety measures designed to ensure the safety of all travellers and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, including front-door boarding and requiring travellers to exit the middle/rear doors to create a one-way flow as well as increased cleaning and disinfection of buses and facilities. Barrier shields have been installed on buses to provide protection between passengers and drivers, and face masks, sanitizers and other personal protective equipment are provided to all drivers and front-line staff.

In addition to those measures, riders are strongly encouraged to use contactless forms of payment, including PRESTO and the Pay app, practise physical distancing, travel during off-peak times wherever possible, exercise good hand hygiene and stay home when sick.

For major service alerts, news, travel tips and other relevant transit information, call 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), visit yrt.ca or follow YRT on social media. You can also check out yrt.ca/livechat to chat live with a YRT Customer Service Representative.

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