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As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Keele Campus.

Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can walk to the campus. This option will only cost a YRT fare. Travellers may also transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct service into the campus. This option will cost a YRT and TTC fare.

The following YRT routes will service Pioneer Village Bus Terminal directly:

  • Route 3 - Thornhill
  • Route 20 - Jane
  • Route 96 - Keele-Yonge
  • Route 107/107B - Keele
  • Route 165/165F - Weston

Viva purple will be restructured to provide service between the City of Markham and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. Travellers wanting to continue to York University will have to transfer to Viva orange at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.

Viva orange will service Vaughan Metropolitan Centre where customers can board the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct service into the campus. This option will cost a YRT and TTC fare.  Travellers may also transfer from Viva orange to a YRT route servicing Pioneer Village Bus Terminal. See map below for transfer options. This option will only cost a YRT fare.

 See below for more information.

Map of various YRT routes servicing to Pioneer Village Bus Terminal by York University

 

 


The following YRT routes will be adjusted.

Viva purple (revised route & schedule)

Service Adjustments:

Weekdays:

Weekday Viva purple service between Pioneer Village Terminal and Richmond Hill Centre via York University will be discontinued. See below for more information regarding service to York University.

Platform and terminal changes:

  • Westbound Viva purple will service Platform 1 (stop 9820) at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal
  • Viva purple service will be removed from Pioneer Village Terminal and Promenade Terminal

Use the YRT Schedule Finder

 

York University Viva purple revised route map

Viva orange (revised schedule)

 Use the YRT Schedule Finder

 York University Viva orange revised route map

3 – Thornhill (revised route & schedule)

Service Adjustments:

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Keele Campus. Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct services into the campus. Both YRT and TTC fares will apply.

Route 3 westbound trips will travel westbound on Steeles Avenue and end at Pioneer Village Terminal.

Route 3 will service Platform 1 (stop 7195) at Pioneer Village Terminal instead of Platform 5 (stop 7199).

  • A new westbound stop (stop 7240) will be installed on Steeles Avenue at Keele Street.
  • A new westbound stop (stop 7241) will be installed on Steeles Avenue at Founders Road.

 

 York University Route 3 – Thornhill revised route map

 

20 – Jane (revised route & schedule)

Service Adjustments:

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Keele Campus. Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct services into the campus. Both YRT and TTC fares will apply.

Route 20 southbound trips will travel eastbound on Steeles Avenue and end at Pioneer Village Terminal.

 

York University Route 20 – Jane revised route map

96 – Keele-Yonge (revised route & schedule)

Service Adjustments:

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Keele Campus. Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct services into the campus. Both YRT and TTC fares will apply.

All southbound trips will travel westbound on Steeles Avenue and end at Pioneer Village Terminal.

A new westbound stop (stop 7241) will be installed on Steeles Avenue at Founders Road.

 

York University Route 96 – Keele-Yonge revised route map

107/107B – Keele (revised route & schedule)

Service Adjustments:

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Keele Campus. Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct services into the campus. Both YRT and TTC fares will apply.

All southbound trips will travel westbound on Steeles Avenue and end at Pioneer Village Terminal.

A new westbound stop (stop 7241) will be installed on Steeles Avenue at Founders Road.

 

York University Route 107/107B – Keele revised route map

165/165F – Weston (revised route & schedule)

Service Adjustments:

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide service directly into the York University Keele Campus. Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct services into the campus. Both YRT and TTC fares will apply.

All southbound trips will travel eastbound on Steeles Avenue and end at Pioneer Village Terminal.

 

York University Route 165/165F – Weston revised route map

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How will the service change?

As of September 2, 2018, YRT will no longer provide transit service directly into the York University Keele Campus. Travellers will be taken to the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road, where they can walk to the campus, or transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct services into the campus.

Travellers may use stops 7241 and 3696 at Steeles Avenue and Founders Road to walk to the campus.

The following YRT routes will service Pioneer Village Bus Terminal directly:

  • Route 3 - Thornhill
  • Route 20 - Jane
  • Route 96 - Keele-Yonge
  • Route 107/107B - Keele
  • Route 165/165F - Weston

Viva purple will be restructured to provide service between the City of Markham and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal along the Highway 7 East corridor. See service changes above.

Why are you no longer providing service into York University?

With the opening of the TTC Line 1 Subway extension into the City of Vaughan, the TTC and YRT entered into a binding agreement requiring YRT to remove all transit service operating within the York University Keele Campus. This agreement was made in order to avoid duplication of service between YRT and the TTC Line 1 Subway.

Why are other transit agencies still going into York University?

Other transit agencies are not bound by the same agreement that requires YRT to remove service from York University Keele Campus. This agreement was made specifically between the TTC and YRT to avoid duplication of service between the two agencies as the TTC Line 1 Subway was being extended into York Region.

Why can't YRT renegotiate the agreement with TTC? 

The agreement is based on the Council and Board-approved 2009 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between York Region, the TTC and the City of Toronto.

The terms and conditions of the MOU are what enabled the construction of the subway extension to move forward, and addressed the future operations and maintenance of the subway and associated stations and bus terminals. Included in the MOU was a TTC stipulation that the Region discontinue services to the York University Keele Street Campus upon commencement of subway operations. The agreement will not be renegotiated.

Why is Viva purple changing?

As part of Moving to 2020, the YRT 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, Viva purple was designed to service the future Cornell Terminal in the City of Markham and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal in the Town of Richmond Hill. The restructure will strengthen the grid network and provide frequent service along major corridors throughout the Region, including Highway 7. Click here for the Moving to 2020 plan.

What happened to the Route 100? 

Route 100 - York University was originally planned to offer direct service between Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and York University Keele Campus. This was to replace Viva purple service west of Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. The budget for this initiative has been reallocated to improve service on corridors where ridership demand continues to grow and to assist with construction delays on Viva corridors.

Customers will continue to have the option of using Viva orange from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal to connect with Route 3 - Thornhill, Route 20 - Jane, Route 96 -Keele-Yonge, or Route 107/107B - Keele to Pioneer Village Bus Terminal located north of York University Keele Campus, or connect with the TTC Line 1 Subway at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station.

Will I need to pay an additional fare when transferring to/from a YRT bus and the TTC Line 1 Subway?

Customers will be required to pay a TTC fare when boarding the TTC Line 1 Subway, and YRT fare when boarding a YRT bus, as they do currently. YRT will continue to work with the TTC and Metrolinx towards achieving an integrated fare system.

When will you have fare integration with TTC?
The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit agencies participate in fare integration discussions with the province; however, at this time, it does not appear that fare integration will happen by September 2018.

When will there be discounts for post-secondary students?

YRT continues to work with Metrolinx and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit agencies towards a consistent approach to transit fares in the region that is customer-focused, simplified, and reflects the quality and value of service provided to all travellers, including post-secondary students.

In an effort to avoid students having to pay two fares when travelling from York Region or the City of Brampton into the City of Toronto, the three transit agencies proposed the introduction of a university universal pass (U-pass) in December 2017. YRT staff did meet with the Federation of Students who declined the implementation of the U-pass in 2018 and expressed their position was to wait and see what the province would implement in regards to fare integration. For more information regarding the U-pass, please contact the York University Student Federation directly at 416-736-2100 ext. 58066.

Will the GTA Weekly Pass be available for purchase?

Yes, passengers wishing to use YRT, TTC, or Brampton Transit services will still be able to purchase the GTA weekly pass at participating ticket agents, including Inkblotz on the York University Keele Campus. Click here to find a ticket agent near you.

How do I get to York University using YRT?
YRT will service Steeles Avenue and Pioneer Village Terminal. From here, travellers can:
  • Connect to TTC buses or the TTC Line 1 Subway at Pioneer Village Station, which services York University Keele Campus. TTC fares will apply.
  • Bike to York University Keele Campus
  • Walk to York University Keele Campus
I am travelling late at night. What are my options?

Customer safety is our top priority. YRT offers a Request Stop program, where passengers travelling on a conventional route can request to be dropped off between stops after 9 p.m. Click here for more information.

For anyone walking within the York University Keele Campus late in the evening, York University's goSAFE program will safely accompany you on your walk within the boundaries of the campus, including Pioneer Village Subway Station on the south side of Steeles Avenue. goSAFE staff can also remain on-site to observe customers crossing Steeles Avenue safely upon request. Please note that this service is available to anyone on the York University Keele Campus, and is not restricted to students. Find out more about York University's goSAFE program here: gosafe.info.yorku.ca

I have a disability. What are my options to get onto the York University Campus?

York University offers an on-campus scheduled mobility service known as VanGO, which can assist students, staff and faculty with disabilities when travelling between locations on campus, including Pioneer Village Subway Station on the south side of Steeles Avenue. For more information or to register for this service, please contact York University directly, or click here to visit the York University website.

Alternatively, travellers who qualify for YRT's Mobility Plus service can book a trip to one of the four Toronto cross boundary locations along Steeles Avenue (listed below), where they can transfer onto the TTC Wheel-Trans service to York University. YRT Mobility Plus will coordinate with Wheel-Trans, and book the entire trip from the starting location in York Region to the final destination in Toronto. YRT Mobility Plus will also help book the return trip. Please note that both TTC and YRT fares will apply. Click here for more information regarding cross-boundary travel using specialized transit services.

Cross Boundary Locations:

  • Centerpoint Mall - 6464 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Shops on Steeles - 2900 Steeles Avenue East, Markham
  • Tim Hortons - 3310 Steeles Avenue West, Vaughan
  • Tim Hortons/Wendy's - 4228 Midland Avenue, Toronto
I am travelling to York University Keele Campus from Richmond Hill Centre Terminal. What are my options?

When travelling from Markham to York University, travellers can take the Viva purple to Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and transfer to Viva orange. Travellers can connect from Viva orange to Routes 3 - Thornhill, 20 - Jane, 96 - Keele-Yonge or 107/107B - Keele to Pioneer Village Terminal, located at Steeles Avenue and Settler Road. This option will only cost a YRT fare.

If travellers prefer to use TTC, Viva orange will bring passengers directly to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station. Travellers can board the TTC Line 1 Subway for direct service into the campus. TTC fares will apply.

The following table outlines travel options and approximate PRESTO fares when travelling between Richmond Hill Centre Terminal and York University Keele Campus:

 

Trip Plan PRESTO Fares*
Viva orange +
Route 3 - Thornhill or
Route 20 - Jane or
Route 96 - Keele-Yonge or
Route 107/107B - Keele
$3.75
Viva orange + TTC Line 1 Subway $6.75

*Prices listed above are for an adult fare. Fares may differ for post-secondary students. Consult the respective fare policies of each agency for more information. 

For trip service updates and options using GO Transit, please contact GO Transit at 1-888-438-6646.

For trip service updates and options using TTC, please contact TTC at 1-866-642-9882.