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York Region Transit: Viva service thread

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  • All VIVA routes - late night frequency reductions
From the document:

"Conventional and Viva service will operate at an approximate 15 minute frequency"

Hopefully this means that they are syncing the schedules (effectively interlining) Viva Blue/Route 98/99, Viva Purple/Route 1, and Viva Orange/Route 77. There shouldn't be too much of a difference in travel times during late nights so this makes sense.

Also I see some opportunities for savings not identified. An example would be eliminating any Route 82 (Valleymede) trip that doesn't connect with a school or GO station - the buses are always empty or practically empty by my observations.
 

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From the document:

"Conventional and Viva service will operate at an approximate 15 minute frequency"

Hopefully this means that they are syncing the schedules (effectively interlining) Viva Blue/Route 98/99, Viva Purple/Route 1, and Viva Orange/Route 77. There shouldn't be too much of a difference in travel times during late nights so this makes sense.

Also I see some opportunities for savings not identified. An example would be eliminating any Route 82 (Valleymede) trip that doesn't connect with a school or GO station - the buses are always empty or practically empty by my observations.
Meanwhile, York Region is looking to raise its property taxes to speed up road widening projects. To a degree, I can see YRT removing service on a few routes (I've been on Route 15) but it's really disappointing to see the budget cut, rather than re-allocating resources to build ridership elsewhere. This is the same region that lobbies hard for another subway extension.

If they're planning to consolidate VIVA and local bus service schedules, that means waiting for the bus at separate stops where the Rapidways were built. You'd need to know the schedule to know which stop to wait at - and to get from one stop to the other means waiting at two crosswalks (the Rapidway stops being on the far side, and local stops on the near side).
 
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If they're planning to consolidate VIVA and local bus service schedules, that means waiting for the bus at separate stops where the Rapidways were built. You'd need to know the schedule to know which stop to wait at - and to get from one stop to the other means waiting at two crosswalks (the Rapidway stops being on the far side, and local stops on the near side).
True, but late at night, the majority of riders are travelling from Finch or Richmond Hill Centre and getting off at the on-street stops.
 

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Some of those headways are laughable. 57 minutes, 70 minutes, 53 minutes, 68 minutes. And you guys think they can somehow coordinate VIVA and local buses travelling at different speeds.

The problem with YRT is they never built up ridership before they built VIVA. A system like VIVA with all its stations and transitways and fare machines and all-door boarding scheme is a solution for extremely high ridership, not extremely low ridership. You can see cities in the US made the same mistake, building LRT to try to increase ridership, diverting funds away from their already-mediocre regular bus service. That strategy didn't work in the US and not surprisingly it didn't work in York Region either.
 

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Quite a lot happening today for transit in the GTA. Just to add onto the pile, the YRT is going to stop selling tickets and monthly passes after November 18. They "sort of" stopped selling paper fares a few years back (starting around 2017 & 2018 when they stopped selling tickets at my community centre), but the TTC contracted routes couldn't accept Presto inside of York so they continued to sell at certain locations. Hopefully, they can replace the ticket validators with an extra ticket machine at the busier viva stops.
Payment option changes coming November 18, 2019
 

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Some of those headways are laughable. 57 minutes, 70 minutes, 53 minutes, 68 minutes. And you guys think they can somehow coordinate VIVA and local buses travelling at different speeds.

The problem with YRT is they never built up ridership before they built VIVA. A system like VIVA with all its stations and transitways and fare machines and all-door boarding scheme is a solution for extremely high ridership, not extremely low ridership. You can see cities in the US made the same mistake, building LRT to try to increase ridership, diverting funds away from their already-mediocre regular bus service. That strategy didn't work in the US and not surprisingly it didn't work in York Region either.
I think the Viva rapidways were put in because they had to upgrade the utilities regardless to support all the condos being built/proposed on Highway 7 and Yonge. So it's a matter of "tear up the road to put in bigger pipes/cables, then restore it to its original condition" or "tear up the road to put in bigger pipes/cables, and put in a bus lane while we're at it". It would also explain why the whole Viva project advanced quickly and with relatively few opposition (except for the strech along Bathurst).
 

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Work on VIVA in Vaughan is in the home stretch, YRT just posted in their newsroom that VIVA orange will once again run full service between Martin Grove and Richmond Hill on the Weekends/Holidays starting November 3, 2019. Along with this, two new station at Wigwoss - Helen and Commerce will open being served by VIVA orange on November 24 (Viva orange weekend service extended). They have also updated their service changes for November 3 at this link. Since they are giving such short notice to the completion of projects lately, I'm assuming the bus lanes in Woodbridge will be completed around November 24 which isn't too much of a stretch as Weston and Pine Valley seem pretty much done (the stations of Commerce and Wigwoss seem to be more incomplete than the latter from the untrained eye).
 

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Work on VIVA in Vaughan is in the home stretch, YRT just posted in their newsroom that VIVA orange will once again run full service between Martin Grove and Richmond Hill on the Weekends/Holidays starting November 3, 2019. Along with this, two new station at Wigwoss - Helen and Commerce will open being served by VIVA orange on November 24 (Viva orange weekend service extended). They have also updated their service changes for November 3 at this link. Since they are giving such short notice to the completion of projects lately, I'm assuming the bus lanes in Woodbridge will be completed around November 24 which isn't too much of a stretch as Weston and Pine Valley seem pretty much done (the stations of Commerce and Wigwoss seem to be more incomplete than the latter from the untrained eye).
Work seemed to move fairly quickly between Pine Valley Dr and Wigwoss.

I don't think they are building VIVA Rapidways West of Wigwoss as the CP Bridge over Hwy 7 prevents expansion of the rod beyond it's current 5 lane form. Would be nice if CN could get on board with renovating that bridge.
 
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Work seemed to move fairly quickly between Pine Valley Dr and Wigwoss.

I don't think they are building VIVA Rapidways West of Wigwoss as the CN Bridge over Hwy 7 prevents expansion of the rod beyond it's current 5 lane form. Would be nice if CN could get on board with renovating that bridge.
That's a CP bridge.
 

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In December, the Centre/Bathurst section of the Highway 7 Rapidway will open. This means that the majority of the Viva Orange route will operate in a dedicated bus lane (at least in 1 direction). Some argue the low frequency along this route makes it difficult to justify the price of construction or if it can even be called "mass transit". I really hope that one way or another, the ridership and frequency of the route can improve – perhaps as new developments pop up near this corridor.
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What is the barcode reader for? Single ride prestige tickets?

Also does it still show balance?
 

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