York Region is taking steps to get transit service back up and running by February 5.
On Monday, the Regional Municipality of York terminated its contract with First Canada, which operates of 29 York Transit and Viva Routes in northern York Region, effective immediately.
York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch said it was outrageous that First Canada and the Amalgamated transit Union Local 1587 had not met to negotiate their agreement in nearly a month.
The Region also issued letters today to York BRT Services and Miller Transit requesting a detailed service recovery plan by Friday. The letter outlined additional region-wide service restoration options while the transit strike continues.
York region is working to complete a new contract with a different contractor to operate these routes.
Last week the Region added 60-foot articulated Viva buses along Yonge Street’s Route 99, replacing the smaller YRT buses, to accommodate more transit riders.
Route 98 on Yonge Street will begin service February 5 between the towns of Newmarket and Richmond Hill with additional North Division routes to follow.