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Part 3: Later service -- and free rides -- on New Year's Eve



You may never get that free lunch that you’ve been waiting for, but you can ride your favourite train, subway, bus or streetcar for free on New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day. Many Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe transit agencies are offering passengers free rides and later service to help everyone get home safely after celebrating the start of 2010.

In Toronto, leaders of the city’s entertainment industry are supporting free and later TTC service on rapid transit and regular surface lines from midnight until 4 a.m. (The TTC estimates that this will cost about $85,000.) In Durham Region, two major employers are paying the bills to offer residents free and later DRT service.

However, for the first time in many years, the Hamilton Street Railway, does not operate longer than normally on New Year’s Eve, although passengers can still take advantage of free service after 6 p.m.

These transit agencies either offer later service or free rides for their passengers — or both — on New Year’s Eve:

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York Region Transit — Later service on New Year’s Eve

Free rides after 7 p.m. (You can also ride Brampton Transit and TTC buses for free after 7 p.m. while they’re operating in York Region. Free rides on buses operating along other Brampton Transit routes start at 7:30 p.m. Free rides on buses operating along other TTC routes start at midnight.)


You can ride YRT buses along these routes until about 3 a.m.: Viva blue; Viva orange; Viva purple; 1 Highway 7; 2 Milliken; 3 Thornhill - York U; 4 Major Mackenzie; 5 Clark; 8 Kennedy; 10 York U - Woodbridge; 11 Woodbridge; 20 Jane - Concord; 40 Unionville local; 41 Markham local; 55 Davis Drive; 56 Eagle - Gorham; 77 Highway 7 / Centre; 57A Mulock Drive; 85 Rutherford / 16th Avenue; 88 Bathurst; 90 Leslie South; 91 Bayview South; 91A Bayview South; 98 / 99 Yonge.


88 Bathurst

Southbound buses operate with special New Year’s Eve schedules after 7:45 p.m. Buses leave Seneca College’s King Campus at 8:11, 9, 10, 10:55 and 11:40 p.m. and 12:35, 1:20, 2:10 and 3 a.m. Northbound buses operate with special New Year’s Eve schedules after 8:30 p.m. Buses leave Finch GO Bus Terminal at 9:05, 10, 10:55 and 11:50 p.m. and 12:35, 1:30, 2:15 and 3:05 a.m.

91 Bayview South

Southbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:15 a.m. Last bus leaves Bayview Plaza at 2:15 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate every hour after11:30 p.m. Last bus leaves Finch GO Bus Terminal at 2:30 a.m. Buses operating on the 91 and 91A branches serve all stops south of Bayview Plaza every 30 minutes.

91A Bayview South

Southbound buses continue to operate every hour after 10:40 p.m. Last bus leaves at 2:40 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate every hour after midnight. Last bus leaves Finch GO Bus Terminal at 3 a.m. Buses operating on the 91 and 91A branches serve all stops south of Bayview Plaza every 30 minutes.

5 Clark

Eastbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 9:13 p.m. Last bus leaves Glen Shields Avenue and Dufferin Street at 2:43 a.m. Westbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 9:50 p.m. Last bus leaves Finch GO Bus Terminal at 3:20 a.m.

55 Davis Drive

Westbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 11:45 p.m. Last bus leaves the 404 Town Centre at 2:45 a.m. Eastbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 11:30 p.m. Last bus leaves the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal at 3 a.m.

56 Gorham-Eagle

Westbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:35 p.m. Last bus leaves the 404 Town Centre at 2:35 a.m. Eastbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:10 p.m. Last eastbound bus leaves the Newmarket GO Bus Terminal at 2:10 a.m.

1 Highway 7

Westbound buses operate every 30 minutes after 12:45 a.m. Last bus leaves Markham Stouffville Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Eastbound buses operate every 30 minutes after 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. A last, extra eastbound bus leaves Richmond Hill Centre terminal at 3:45 a.m. and operates to the Markham Stouffville Hospital, then continues along Church Street, Bur Oak Avenue and Highway 7 westward to Main Street South Markham.

77 Highway 7 / Centre

Eastbound buses leave the Bramalea Transit Centre at 12:45 a.m., 1:10 a.m. and then every 30 minutes. Last bus leaves Bramalea at 2:40 a.m. Westbound buses operate every 30 minutes after 12:15 a.m. Last bus leaves Finch GO Bus Terminal at 3:15 a.m.

20 Jane-Concord

Southbound buses continue to operate about every 30 minutes after 10:48 p.m. Last southbound bus leaves Mosque Gate and Teston Road at 2:47 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 10:52 p.m. Last northbound bus leaves Ian Macdonald and York Boulevards on York University’s Keele campus at 2:52 a.m.

8 Kennedy

Southbound buses continue to operate every hour after 10:30 a.m. Last bus leaves Kennedy and Schoolhouse Roads at 2:30 a.m. and operates along Steeles Avenue East, Putnam Gate, Harvest Moon and Clayton Drives before ending its trip. Northbound buses continue to operate every hour after 10 p.m. Last bus leaves Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue East at 3 a.m. and operates along The Fairways, Prospectors Drive and Angus Glen Boulevard before ending its trip.

90 Leslie South

Southbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 8:25 p.m. Last bus leaves Elgin West Community Centre at 2:25 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 8:25 p.m. Last bus leaves Don Mills Station at 2:25 a.m.

4 Major Mackenzie

Every second eastbound bus continues to leave Vaughan Mills terminal every hour after 11:18 p.m. and operates along Cranston Park Drive and McNaughton Road to serve the Maple Springs community. Every other eastbound bus continues to leave Vaughan Mills about every hour after 11:44 p.m. and operate along Major Mackenzie Drive West between Jane Street and McNaughton Road. Between McNaughton Road and Woodbine Avenue, buses continue to operate every 25 to 35 minutes. Last bus leaves Vaughan Mills at 2:44 a.m.

Every second westbound bus continues to leave Hillmount Road at Woodbine Avenue every hour after 10:40 p.m. and operates along McNaughton Road and Cranston Park Drive to serve the Maple Springs community. Every other westbound bus continues to leave Hillmount and Woodbine every hour after 11:10 p.m. and operate along Major Mackenzie Drive West between McNaughton Road and Jane Street. Between Woodbine Avenue and McNaughton Road, buses operate every 30 minutes. Last westbound bus leaves Hillmount and Woodbine at 2:40 a.m.

41 Markham local

Westbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:55 p.m. Last bus leaves 16th Avenue at Fincham Gate at 2:55 a.m. Eastbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:40 p.m. Last eastbound bus leaves Markville Mall at 2:40 a.m.

2 Milliken

Westbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:15 p.m. Last bus leaves Eastvale Drive and Steeles Avenue East at 3:15 a.m. Eastbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:15 p.m. Last eastbound bus continues beyond Eastvale Drive and Steeles Avenue East to serve stops along Steeles East, Markham Road Elson Street and Middlefield Road.

57A Mulock Drive

Westbound buses continue to operate every 40 minutes after 11 p.m. Last bus leaves the 404 Town Centre at 2 a.m. Eastbound buses continue to operate every 40 minutes after 11:20 p.m. Last bus leaves Weston Produce at 2:20 a.m.

85 Rutherford - 16th Avenue

Eastbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 10:55 a.m. Last bus leaves Vaughan Mills terminal at 2:31 a.m. Westbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 10 p.m. Last bus leaves Markham Stouffville Hospital at 2:30 a.m.

3 Thornhill - York U

Eastbound buses continue to operate every 45 minutes after 10:40 p.m. Last eastbound bus leaves at York University’s Keele Campus at 3:10 a.m. Westbound buses continue to operate every 45 minutes after 11:40 a.m. Last bus leaves the Shoppes on Steeles (Don Mills Road at Steeles Avenue East) at 2:40 a.m., ending its trip at Yonge Street and Royal Orchard Drive.

40 Unionville Local

Westbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:15 a.m. Last bus leaves Markville Mall at 3:15 a.m. Eastbound buses continue to operate every hour after 11:45 p.m. Last eastbound bus leaves Woodbine Avenue and Rodick Road at 3:45 a.m.

Viva blue

Southbound buses continue to operate every 15 minutes after 11:30 p.m. Last bus leaves Newmarket GO Bus Terminal at 2:30 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate every 15 minutes after 12:37 a.m. Last northbound bus leaves Finch GO Bus Terminal at 3:26 a.m.

Viva orange

Southbound buses continue to operate 15 minutes after 11:30 p.m. Last bus leaves Highway 7 at Martin Grove Road at 2:45 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate every 15 minutes after midnight Last northbound bus leaves Downsview Station at 3 a.m.

Viva purple

Eastbound buses operate every 15 minutes after 12:30 a.m. Last bus leaves York University’s Keele campus at 3 a.m. Westbound buses continue to operate every 15 minutes after 11:46 p.m. Last westbound bus leaves Markham Stouffville Hospital at 3:01 a.m.

11 Woodbridge

Southbound buses continue to operate about every 40 minutes after 9:35 p.m. Last bus leaves Forest Drive and Martin Grove Road at 2:20 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate about every 40 minutes after 9:20 p.m. Last northbound bus leaves Steeles Avenue West and Islington Avenue at 2:05 a.m.

98 / 99 Yonge

Southbound buses continue to operate every 30 minutes after 1:40 a.m. Last bus leaves Newmarket GO Bus Terminal at 3:10 a.m. Northbound buses continue to operate about every 30 minutes after 1:30 a.m. Buses leave Finch GO Bus Terminal at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:35 a.m. and end their trips at Newmarket GO Bus Terminal.

10 York U - Woodbridge

Eastbound buses continue to operate every 40 minutes after 9:38 p.m. Buses leave Langstaff Road West at Islington Avenue, serve all stops through Woodbridge to Rutherford Road and Islington, where eastbound passengers must transfer to another bus. Eastbound buses continue to operate from Rutherford and Islington every 40 after 10:05 p.m. Last bus leaves Langstaff West and Islington at 2:58 a.m. and continues along Islington beyond Rutherford to Kiloran Road. Last bus leaves Rutherford and Islington at 2:35 a.m.

Westbound buses continue to operate about every 40 minutes after 10:05 p.m. Buses operate to Langstaff Road West and Islington Avenue only. Last bus leaves Ian Macdonald and York Boulevards on York University’s Keele campus at 2:35 a.m.

YRT also provides “early homebound” afternoon rush-hour service along some routes on December 31.


YRT Mobility Plus — Later service on New Year’s Eve

Free rides after 7 p.m. Later service until about 3 a.m.