With the start of another school year just days away, York Region Transit (YRT) is announcing plans to reinstate all High School special routes and is also announcing changes to improve connections beginning Sunday, Sept. 2.

Highlights of route changes include:

• Routes 201, 202 and 203 schedules will be adjusted to improve GO Transit connections
• All 400-series School Special routes will be reinstated on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with the exception of the following routes that begin on Monday, Aug. 27: 424 – Keswick High School Special and 462 – Maple High School Special.

As part of the service changes, YRT will no longer directly service the York University Keele Street Campus. Instead, the routes listed below will be redirected to service the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal located on the north side of Steeles Avenue, east of Jane Street, in the City of Vaughan. Walking distance to the campus is about 200 metres:

1. Route 3 – Thornhill
2. Route 20 – Jane
3. Route 96 – Keele-Yonge
4. Route 107/107B – Keele
5. Route 165/165F – Weston In addition, Viva purple, which currently services the campus directly, will now end at Richmond Hill Centre Terminal at Yonge Street and Hwy. 7.

Travellers wanting to continue west to York University will need to transfer onto Viva orange, which will then take them across Hwy. 7, in the rapidway to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, where they can transfer onto the subway for direct service into the campus.

Students travelling to York University on YRT who transfer onto the TTC Line 1 Subway will be required to pay both the YRT and TTC fare to complete their trip. YRT is making the change because of a 2009 agreement between TTC and York Region for the construction of the TTC Line 1 Subway Extension and recently formalized in an Operations and Maintenance Agreement between the two groups.

For more information about these route changes, visit yrt.ca/servicechanges. 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 talk2yrt.ca, a website where you can view questions and answers about YRT or submit your own questions.

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